Dark Chocolate Pecan Bark

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Today we’re showing you how we make our Dark Chocolate Pecan Bark, also sometimes known as Christmas Crack. It’s a highly addictive dessert item featuring saltines, melted butter/sugar, and dark chocolate. I know, saltines! It’s crazy. Who would think saltines could be the base for such an amazing dessert? I have to admit, when I first heard the ingredient list, I was a skeptic. But, one bite and I was sold! I guess adding butter, sugar, and chocolate to anything can elevate it to a new level. And I have to give the saltines their due, they add the perfect crunch factor to the dessert. It reminds me a lot in texture and in sweetness of a brittle. Again, meltedbutter and sugar are amazing. But, there’s also a reason we don’t eat these things every day so I’m warning you now…If you make this at the start of a weekend alone, you do so at your own risk! It’s HIGHLY addictive!

dark chocolate pecan bark

saltines for dark chocolate pecan bark

This makes a great dessert anytime of the year and is obviously popular during the Winter holidays (Christmas Crack), but since this post is being written on the brink of Valentine’s Day it’s worth noting that this is a perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift.

Dark Chocolate Pecan Bark — A Last Minute Valentine’s Day Lifesaver

Flowers? Yes. Jewelry? Yes. A thoughtful card or hand written note? Of course. But let’s face it, the #1 gift for Valentine’s day that is sure to be enjoyed by man or woman involves chocolate! They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but really, can’t we update this saying to include all genders? I know in our house, if there’s one fail safe gift I can get for Melissa it’s chocolate. Granted, she may be a bit of a chocolate snob (she likes the good stuff), but if I can find something that includes quality dark chocolate then I know I’ve got a winner.

chocolate for dark chocolate pecan bark

But, we all love chocolate, right? And if you’ve waited all the way until the brink of Valentine’s Day to get a gift for your loved one you might be in panic mode. None of us want to end up in the Valentine’s Day Dog House! Don’t be that person. And so you might be thinking how I’m I going to find the perfect gift in such a small amount of time? But, don’t worry…saltines to the rescue! And chocolate. You can never go wrong with a delicious dessert item that involves chocolate! Even if you’re the type of couple that tends to exchange gifts of a different type, this will buy you some time.

topping for dark chocolate pecan bark

Furthermore, all those other gift ideas involve time and time is slipping away of you. the great news for you is that there’s a pretty decent chance that you already have all the ingredients you need to make Dark Chocolate Pecan Bark. Saltines.  Most of us usually have a box of those in the cabinet. Sugar, butter. These are staples we all usually have on hand. Dark Chocolate. Okay, maybe you’re less likely to have Dark Chocolate, but I bet you at least have a bag of chocolate chips in your cabinet. You can sub in semi-sweet or milk chocolate and still have this recipe be a dessert home run. And if you are missing an ingredient, at least you have a small shopping list that you can find at just about any store. So, what are you waiting for? The clock is ticking! Get baking!

tray of dark chocolate pecan bark

Dark Chocolate Pecan Bark

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 tray, about 20 servings (although you'll be tempted to eat it all at once!)


  • Saltines
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 8 oz dark chocolate (shaved or cut into small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  • Line 13x9 inch cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray
  • Now line the tray with saltines
  • Bring butter, sugar, and baking soda to a boil and then boil for 3 minutes (until dark brown)
  • Pour butter mixture over the saltine crackers
  • Sprinkle the pecans over top and then bake for 8 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and turn oven off.
  • Now sprinkle the chocolate over the top and put back into the still hot oven for 1-2 just to add in the melting of the chocolate.
  • Remove from the oven and use a spatula to spread the chocolate layer evenly over the top of the crackers
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Remove from the refrigerator, break apart, and enjoy!

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  • Reply
    February 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    What about the pecans?

    • Reply
      February 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks for that question beanmom. Our original recipe and write-up was without pecans and then we added them in, but forget to update the recipe and instructions. Doh! 3 kid brain freeze. Thanks for pointing out the omission, appreciated. We’ve updated the recipe.

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