Pine Bark Christmas Candy

by Jaymo

This Pine Bark Christmas Candy Recipe has been a favorite for years. It's really simple to make and tastes delicious.

  • Saltine crackers (approx. 24)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2lb. butter (2 sticks)
  • 12 oz. pkg. chocolate chip morsels or Hershey's chocolate bars

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line 9”x13” pan with aluminum foil.
  3. Cover bottom of pan with layer of saltines.
  4. In sauce pan on stove combine 2 sticks of butter with 1 cup of light brown sugar over medium heat. Stir continuously until butter melts. Boil mixture 3 minutes, stirring constantly (mixture will thicken).
  5. Pour mixture over crackers.
  6. Put in oven and bake for 7 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle contents of 12 oz. pkg. of chocolate chip morsels over crackers, or layer Hershey's bars if you prefer. Spread chocolate evenly with knife (heat from mixture will melt morsels).
  8. Refrigerate overnight. Peel back foil and break candy into pieces.

This candy, along with a traditional British Christmas cracker, was an annual gift when I was in college and beyond from a colleague and friend.

I continue this tradition by including it with my Christmas cookie packages, along with a Christmas cracker. An annual hit with everyone!

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Dec 22, 2011
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by: Angie

Hi Malissa,

I would definitely spray the foil with non-stick spray or else butter it before you start assembling your pine bark candy.

If it's "too late" for this batch, you can probably take a pastry brush dipped in hot water and run it along the back side of the foil to help it release from the candy.

Dec 22, 2011
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by: Malissa

My bark is sticking to the aluminum foil. Do I need to spray with nonstick?

Dec 17, 2010
Pine Bark Christmas Candy
by: Angie

Brigette -

I don't think it is supposed to be "hard" exactly, just "firmish." If your base is too soft, it may be that you didn't boil the sugar mixture long enough.

Michelle -

Love the idea of using pretzels instead. I adore the flavor combination of pretzels and chocolate. I assume you left everything else in the recipe the same apart from the substitution of the pretzels and dark chocolate for milk chocolate?

Did you just line the bottom of your tray with pretzels? The more details the better!


Dec 17, 2010
Try pretzles
by: Michelle

I used pretzle sticks instead of saltines and it was YUMMY! And i also used dark chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate. Soooo goood!

Dec 16, 2010
Pine Bark Christmas Candy
by: Brigette

After I refrigerate the Pine Bark Christmas Candy for the night, is it supposed to be completely hard? My chocolate top was hard but the brown sugar bottom was kind of soft. Is this right or did I do something wrong?

Nov 27, 2008
by: Susan

Oh wow - this looks so easy and delicious! Thanks for taking the time to post it, Jaymo!

I am going through the ingredients in my cupboard (in my mind) to see if I could make some of this right now :)

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