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Valentine’s Crack

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Candy Making doesn’t get much easier than this Valentine’’s Crack! Pink, festive, and the perfect quick and easy dessert to serve up this Valentine’s Day! You might know this as Christmas Crack candy, but my recipe has a fun spin on it that makes it a creative treat for young and old.

I have Christmas Crack a few years back now, and it was love at first bite. That salty and sweet pairing just blew me away! I thought this candy would be complicated to make, but it was beyond simple, and you only need a few basic pantry essentials.

Valentine's Crack Candy


Pretty Valentine’s Crack

Saltines, butter, brown sugar, chocolates, and sprinkles are all that is needed for this incredible recipe. If you love sweet and salty, this will win you over. My family just chows down on this snack when I sit it out.

Good Time To Serve Up Valentine’s Day Crack

  • School Party
  • Take To Work for Coworkers
  • Mid-day snack
  • Pack in kids lunch
  • After school snack
  • Midnight Snack
  • Treat for parties
  • Playdates
  • And Any Other Occasion!

How to Store Valentine’s Crack

What I do is once the Valentine’s Crack is cooled I place in a sealable bag or in an airtight container and keep it on the counter. It stores nicely, and then we can nibble on it here and there when we feel a sweet craving hit.

Valentine's Crack

How Long Does Valentine’s Crack Keep For

You can keep Valentine’s Crack for around one week in an airtight container or bag. After that, it will become stale and need to be tossed out.

What Is Valentine’s Day Crack

If you have never tried Valentine’s Day crack it is a mix of toffee with sweet chocolate and uses adorable Valentine’s sprinkles to top it off.

Valentine's Crack Candy

With the simplicity of saltines, you can really transform the flavor as you pour a caramel-style sauce over the crackers and then slather melted butter, and then once cooled it breaks into pieces.  

Can You Freeze Valentine’s Day Crack

You can’t freeze Valentine’s Day Crack. I have found when you go to freeze it, the saltines become mushy when thawed out.

Can You Substitute Saltines In Valentine’s Crack Recipe

Yes! If you want to use say a Townhouse Cracker or even Ritz you can swap. It of course will adjust the flavor slightly but it will work. I have made it with Townhouse crackers and loved the outcome!

Valentine's Crack

Valentine’s Crack Variations

The beauty of this crack recipe is the versatility that follows. Let me share some variations that you might enjoy.

  • Milk or Dark Chocolate | Skip the white chocolate and reach for milk or dark. Then take your colored candy melts and drizzle over the top for that pink Valentine theme but with milk or dark chocolate.
  • Graham Crackers | If you want all sweet and skip some of the saltine use graham crackers instead of saltines. It will give you a much sweeter flavor throughout.  
  • Candy Toppings | Drop on some colored M&M’s or chocolate shavings instead of the sprinkles if you want. Get playful with your toppings. We love adding nuts with the sprinkles.

Make sure you check out this delicious Instant Pot Crack Chicken for the perfect entree before your dessert.

Give this recipe a try today, and see how you like it. This is a recipe that I think many of you will truly enjoy! Salty, crunchy, and sweet on so many levels!

Valentine's Crack

Saltines all lined and ready to have the melted butter and sugar poured on top

Valentine's Crack

Out of the oven and now putting on my white chocolate chips

Valentine's Crack

Here is some other really cool version of crack that you can make, Easter Crack, St. Patrick’s Day, & Cadbury Easter Eggs Crack.

Here are easy microwave directions for melting your chocolate.  You can also melt your chocolate using your instant pot as a double boiler.  It works great!

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Melting chocolate:

Melting chocolate:


In a microwave-safe container microwave candy melts at 50% power or the defrost setting on your microwave. Melt for one minute to start. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave for additional 30 seconds at 50% power. Remove and stir. Continue to do this in 30 second intervals until smooth and creamy. Remember less is better. You can help melt some pieces that are still not fully melted by stirring with a spoon. You do not want to over microwave your chocolate.

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Make sure you check out this delicious Instant Pot Crack Chicken for the perfect entree before your dessert.

Valentine’s Crack
Yield: 12 12

Valentine's Crack

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

A beautiful version of your grandma's old crack candy recipe.  


  • 50 Saltine Crackers
  • 1 Cup butter cut into chunks to melt down, 2 sticks
  • 1 Cup LIght Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cups White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Pink Chocolate Melts
  • Valentine's Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large cookie tray with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray. Line saltines up neatly in rows.
  2. In a medium sized pot melt your butter and brown sugar. Once butter is melted down, bring to a boil. Continue to stir the entire time and boil for about 2 minutes. It will look gorgeous and bubbly.
  3. Pour over the top of the saltines. Gently spread across the saltines.
  4. Place in oven and bake for about 7 minutes.
  5. While your crack is in the oven melt your pink chocolate melts according to package directions. *Please see the body of the post, I have included my no fail chocolate melting tips.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and than sprinkle your white chocolate chips over the saltines. Your hot toffee mixture will melt the chips. I put mine back in the oven for a minute to move the process along. Once your chips are melting, spread across the top evenly with a spatula.
  7. Mix your pink chocolate into the white chocolate by pouring it over the top in a decorative way. I also used a butter knife tip to help combine my colors to my liking. Quickly decorate with sprinkles that tickle your fancy, the melted chocolate will act as your glue.
  8. Once chocolate is completely hardened you are ready to serve your LOVES.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 217mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g

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Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Turned out great Thanks

Anik Smith

Friday 14th of February 2020

Hello, I made this last night and although it tastes great, the hardened chocolate is separating from the cracker in many places. So I am left with crackers with toffee on them and pieces of chocolate. Any ideas why this may have happened? Thank you!


Friday 1st of February 2019

Could you add nuts


Friday 8th of February 2019

you sure can. Just sprinkle them on before the chocolate dries.


Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

My mother in law loves the usual version of this....she would go nuts for this one! Great idea! Found you on Delicious Dishes Party.

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Monday 21st of January 2019

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