Janet’s Appalachian Recipes


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. As we are now beginning to prepare for Christmas gatherings I wanted to share a snack that I make several times during the holiday season and everyone loves it.

Who knew you could do so much with a simple saltine cracker? These remind me of peanut brittle with bacon and they are very addicting to eat. My family came up with all sorts of ways to use crackers to make candy as I was growing up, these being one of my favorites. Although the bacon was my addition many years ago, how can you go wrong with bacon, chocolate and caramel? This makes a great gift to give to neighbors or co-workers as well.

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Bacon Cracker Candy

8 strips of bacon, chopped up

1 sleeve saltine crackers

2 sticks of butter

1 C. packed brown sugar

1/4 C. semi sweet chocolate chips

Cook the bacon in a skillet till nice and crispy, drain on paper towels, sopping up as much grease on the bacon as you can. Line a large baking pan with tinfoil. Place the crackers in a single layer on the tinfoil. Put the butter and brown sugar in a pot and cook over med. high heat to melt the butter. Once the butter had melted, bring the mixture up to a boil. Once it is boiling, cook for 3 minutes, whisking so it doesn’t burn. It will get foamy looking. After 3 minutes, remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, spreading around so all crackers are coated. Place the pan in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, stir and go at 10 second intervals till melted. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the bacon over the crackers. Drizzle the chocolate over the top and place in the fridge to cool completely. Gently pull the crackers away from the tinfoil and break into pieces.

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