This Matzo Toffee Candy Bark is an easy recipe for dessert bark made with matzo crackers as the base and topped with delicious toffee and chocolate chips.
It might sound strange to combine matzo and candy, but trust me! This is definitely one of those recipes that’s much greater than the sum of its parts.
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This holiday sweet treat is often called Crack Candy or Christmas Crack. And, I’ve seen versions made with saltines, graham crackers, and pretzels.
In fact, I’ve made my own pretzel version; find my recipe for Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark here.
If you’ve never tried toffee bark before, I will warn you that this stuff is very addictive! I don’t think it’s possible to stop at just one piece. I *may* have eaten the most of this whole pan by myself. As I admit to doing as well with the pretzel bark.
I’ve been a candy maker for many years. I love making candy. It’s so special and unique. It doesn’t intimidate me at all.
But, I know that not everyone shares my love of candy making. It can be a bit intimidating. That’s another reason I love these toffee barks. This toffee is a great beginner recipe. It’s super simple and requires no fancy thermometer, equipment, or ingredients.
And, once you get the hang of it and want to try some more, give these other great candy recipes a try.
Chocolate candy cookies – Another easy to make candy recipe.
Old-Fashioned Cream Caramels, much more advanced, but so good that it’s worth the effort.
This easy to make addictive candy dessert is also great for gift giving. Pack it in tins or wrap it in pretty jars, and give as gifts during the holidays.
You can make this candy bark with a small amount of chocolate like I call for in the recipe, or a large amount of chocolate (just pour 12 ounces of melted chocolate over the whole thing).
I’ve even seen versions of this candy that have chocolate on both the top and the bottom. Personally, I don’t need that much chocolate. I love the simple flavors of the matzo with the toffee.
More variations to the candy bark
Top it with chopped nuts (sliced almonds, crushed pecans, chopped walnuts) if desired
Crushed m&ms (any leftover Halloween candy)
Top it with seasonally colored sprinkles
Melted colored candy melts for a baby shower or bridal shower
A sprinkle of coarse sea salt
Toss some broken pretzel pieces on top
Try crushed candy canes for a peppermint twist
Top it with crushed Heath or Skor bars
Make it fancy by tossing some cocoa nibs on top
Make it gluten-free with a gluten-free cracker
In case you aren’t super familiar with matzo, it’s a nice simple cracker. Actually, it’s an unleavened flatbread that’s part of Jewish cuisine, and is an integral element of the Passover festival, making this a great Passover dessert.
But, in this case, the matzo is simply a delicious part of the toffee bark!
I can easily find matzo at my grocery store in the Kosher foods section. Which is right next to the Asian foods and Mexican foods. Or, it might be labeled ethnic foods section at some stores.
Heck, you could even make your own matzo using this recipe.
The ones I buy come in large 7-inch squares. I call for 4 squares in the recipe. If your matzo is a different size, don’t fret. You simply want to cover the bottom of the pan with the crackers. Even if you have to break them up a bit to get them to fit, it’s all good.
It’s actually quite easy to make and I’ve never had a problem with it.
I suggest using parchment paper under the bark. The parchment paper won’t stick to the bark like foil can, and it makes clean up super easy!
A jelly roll pan is another name for a cookie sheet with sides. Make sure to use one with sides so the toffee doesn’t melt off and make a mess in the oven.
Toasting the matzo before adding the candy helps keep the matzo crisp, and adds a nice toasty flavor to the finished candy.
Keep an eye on the candy bark as it bakes, and remove it from the oven as soon as the toffee begins to bubble.
This recipe doesn’t have a lot of candy to the matzo, so you’ll need to work quickly once you pour on the butter/brown sugar mixture. Spread it out evenly over the top of the matzo with an offset spatula or a knife.
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Matzo Toffee Candy Bark Recipe
Matzo Toffee Candy Bark
- 4 7-inch unsalted matzo crackers
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil; cover the foil with parchment paper. Arrange matzo crackers in a single layer on the parchment paper, breaking them as necessary to get them to fit.
- Bake the matzo at 375° F for 5 minutes, or until matzo is lightly browned. Remove from the over, and reduce the oven temperature to 350° F.
- Combine the butter and brown sugar in a small heavy saucepan, and bring to a boil, stirring often. Cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over toasted matzo, and spread it out evenly using an offset spatula.
- Bake the bark at 350° F for 10 minutes or until the mixture bubbles. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee.
- Cool slightly, then refrigerate 30 minutes, or until toffee and chocolate are set.
- Break into 36 pieces.
To store, keep in an airtight container for 1 or 2 weeks or in the freezer for a couple months.