Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack – Passover Candy

Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack 

It goes by many names – Chocolate Matzo Brittle, Matzo Toffee Crunch, Chocolate Caramel Matzo Candy or just simply Matzo Crack. I call it Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack. Whatever you call it, you will no doubt agree, it’s absolutely Divalicious! This spin on the old Saltine Cracker Candy, often made for Christmas and commonly referred to as “Candy Crack”, has become a Passover holiday staple. It’s got everything you could want in a treat. Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack is sweet, salty, crunchy, nutty, and of course, layered with caramel and chocolaty goodness. So, in the world of Jewish holidays, where bread is replaced with Matzo, it is indeed Passover Crack. It is highly addictive, living up to its namesake reputation. It’s also very easy to make and does not require a candy thermometer.

Happily, because Matzo is available year round, you can make Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack any time. I prefer Streit’s Lightly Salted because it is perfectly crisp and just as it says, lightly salted, which makes for a fabulous candy. In fact, if you traditionally make Saltine Candy for Christmas, I’m going to be bold and suggest you actually swap the Saltines for Matzo. You will not be disappointed. The Matzo retains a crispier texture, holds up better to the toffee and cuts with greater ease, producing a more uniform candy. Matzo is not just for Passover anymore and this candy is divine anytime!

What is this Passover Matzo You Speak of?

All of this sweetness and you ask – what and why Matzo? Passover or Pesach, is one of the most widely observed, important Jewish holidays, regarded as a spring festival. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation, by God from slavery in Egypt and their Exodus from slavery into freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses at about 1300 BCE.

Passover is a holiday rich in tradition and symbolism. And like many great biblical stories that are observed today, a special meal is prepared as the centerpiece of the holiday we celebrate today. The rituals unique to Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder, a Hebrew word meaning “order, arrangement”. Seder customs include telling the story of the Exodus and the 10 Plagues, drinking four cups of wine, asking the four questions, singing traditional songs, eating Matzo, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate, and reclining in celebration of freedom. The Seder is performed in much the same way by Jews all over the world.

Because so much of what I write about and share on this site is also centered on food and the rituals and celebrations that are associated with holiday meals, I’m going to point you in the direction of the Wikipedia article focused on the Passover Seder. It really is very interesting and easy to follow.

If you’re hungry to know more about the Exodus, you can certainly find thousands of references online, or, you can start by reading about it here. Please note, I personally find that the version of every religious celebration narrated for children is far clearer and entertaining (read, “simple”.) So, click here for the complete story of Passover most appropriate for those under 12. Or, click here to read the version that will hold the attention span of a four year old (or, from time to time, me.)

For now, here’s a very concise definition (and I use that term loosely) of Passover and the significance of Matzo.

In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves. The tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the English name of the holiday. When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). Thus, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason Passover was called the feast of unleavened bread in the Torah or Old Testament. And so, Matzo (flat unleavened bread) is eaten during Passover and it is a tradition of the holiday. 

If you’ve never had Matzo before, preparing a batch of Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack Candy is a great way to start. Enjoy!


Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack Ingredients

  • 6 – 7 Matzo “Sheets” (I prefer Streit’s Lightly Salted)
  • 1 ½ C. Dark Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
  • 1 ½ C. Butter
  • 1 C. Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (I prefer Ghirardelli, 60% Cocoa Bittersweet)
  • 1 C. Chopped Pecans, Toasted
  • Salt

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the Matzo in one layer on the baking sheet, breaking the Matzo into strips to fill in the ends of the pan and cover it completely.

In medium sauce pan set over a medium high heat, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring constantly (I like to use a metal whisk for this) and until the mixture is completely smooth and the butter is fully incorporated into the brown sugar. Once the mixture reaches a boil, add a pinch of salt and continue to cook for an additional three minutes, still stirring, until thickened. Remove the toffee mixture from the heat and immediately, pour over the Matzo, spreading an even layer with a heat-proof spatula (an offset metal spatula is great for this.)

Bake the toffee covered Matzo for 15 minutes, until the toffee bubbles and turns a deep golden brown, taking care not to let it burn. Remove the tray from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips in an even layer over the Matzo. Allow the chocolate to sit, and melt, for five minutes. Using your spatula again, spread the chocolate evenly over the Matzo. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate with a little salt. Using a salt grinder helps create a super fine dusting. If you don’t have a grinder, just sprinkle the salt from high above the tray and you’ll achieve a more even, light layer. Then, scatter the pecans over the chocolate and allow the candy to cool completely before cutting into two inch squares. You will want to chill and store the candy in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for a week or two when refrigerated, but like I’ve said with other sweet treat recipes, it won’t last that long!

Note: I like more toffee. So this recipe will not only yield a slightly larger batch, the ratio of toffee to chocolate will be slightly greater. And by greater, I mean even more delicious. If you don’t have a half sheet pan (approximately 15 1/2″ x 21 1/2″) you’ll either want to use a more standard size pan (11” x 17″) plus another smaller pan, or, you may want to reduce the recipe to 1 cup of butter and one cup of brown sugar and use 4 to 5 Matzos.)

Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Ingredients
Start with a great Matzo and you get great Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack!
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Matzo Tray
Such humble beginnings. Plain Matzo lined up and ready to be bathed in toffee. Lining the pan completely with foil is essential. It not only helps the toffee stick to the Matzo instead of the pan, it makes clean up a dream!
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Caramel Ingredients
Butter and brown sugar. These two ingredients create the magic!
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Caramel Whisking
Whisk constantly to achieve a smooth toffee. If it separates don’t panic! Just keep whisking.
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Caramel Bubbling
Once the toffee mixture begins to boil and bubble, allow it to cook for another three minutes.
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Caramel Pouring
Pour the golden brown toffee mixture over the Matzos.
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Oven
The toffee is spread evenly over the Matzo and into the oven it goes for 15 minutes.
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Baking
The toffee will bubble up in the oven ensuring it’s cooked thoroughly and will set up just right.
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Chocolate Chips
A sprinkling of chips and a little patience while they melt will soon turn into perfect layer of chocolate. I like a thinner layer of chocolate. Add more if you like!
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Pre-Cut
To me, it’s not quite right without a layer of chopped, toasted pecans. But the kids like their Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack neat.
Matzo Chocolate Toffee Crack Candy Plated
The wait is over. Crack! Time to feed the addiction. Divalicious!

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