Saturday, January 05, 2013

Ritz Cracker Candy

While in grad school, I discovered Ritz Cracker candy.  I believe the introduction came through a Midwestern colleague... they seemed to always have the hook-ups on things like this.  One taste, and I was sold!  How could something soo tasty be soo easy?!

January is usually the time folks stop consuming the treats and start eating a little better but these are soo worth putting this tradition aside... at least for a little while.

Ritz Cracker Candy

You will need:
1 box Ritz Crackers
1 package chocolate Almond Bark (could also use Ghirardelli chocolate for a more upscale treat)
1 jar peanut butter of your choice (can also use almond butter or Nutella)

1.  Open the crackers and begin weeding out any that are broken.  They can be a snack.  Apply peanut butter to half of the whole crackers then use the other half to create little sandwiches.  Be generous with the peanut butter!  I tend to only do 1 1/2 sleeves at a time with just 1/2 of the bark.  This is my way of maintaining control since these things are like Lay's potato chips... No one can eat just one!

2.  Melt 1/2 of the Almond Bark in the microwave.  Begin at 60 seconds, stir, then continue with 30 second intervals.  Continue until the candy is smooth.

3.  Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.  One at a time, drop sandwiches into the melted candy.  Using a fork, turn the sandwich around until it is coated on top, bottom and all the way around.  Lift from the candy with a fork and tap off excess candy, allowing it to drizzle back into the bowl.  Use a knife or another fork to slide the coated sandwich onto the baking sheet.  Continue until all sandwiches are dipped.

If there is extra candy, make more sandwiches OR dip plain crackers.  You can also let the kiddos lick the bowl!

4.  Place the coated sandwiches in a cool area to set.  Once firm, enjoy!

Variation:  You can use graham crackers with marshmallow fluff to make a s'more style treat!

Ritz Cracker candy makes a great gift when presented in a pretty tin or decorative Chinese food container adorned with a beautiful ribbon.  They can also be delicious party favors when packaged in a cellophane bag with a little tag!  Since the possibilities are endless, you simply MUST give these humble little treats a try!


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