Chocolate-Covered Caramelized Matzoh Crunch

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Seriously my friends, is there anything better than chocolate and toffee together?

Especially when the toffee has a brown sugar-flavored buttery snap and luscious chocolate is smeared over the top so it hardens and melds with the crackly caramelized matzoh underneath. When a marriage is this good, a picture can only do partial justice to the love that exists between the happy couple.

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I added a good pinch of salt to the original recipe, as well as a soupçon of vanilla too. And there’s no law (yet…) that says instead of pressing some crushed toasted nuts on the warm chocolate, go minimalist and simple sprinkle a few grains of fleur de sel and roasted cocoa nibs over the top.

Lastly, don’t be tempted to get all fancy and eschew chocolate chips and chop up some top-notch chocolate for the coating. Since chocolate chips are designed to hold their shape and harden firmly after they’re melted, here you have my permission to break open a bag of semisweet morsels and dump those little devils over the whole she-bang instead.

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Chocolate-Covered Caramelized Matzoh Crunch
Makes approximately 30 pieces of candy

This recipe is adapted from Marcy Goldman of Betterbaking.com, whose latest book is A Passion For Baking. It’s super-simple and requires no fancy thermometer, equipment, or ingredients. If you can’t get matzoh, use plain crackers such as saltines instead and omit the additional salt in the recipe.

For passover or vegans, Marcy advises that it works well with margarine. And for our gluten-free friends, this would be superb made with any gluten-free cracker. I’d love to hear about any variations you might try with it.

  • 4 to 6 sheets unsalted matzohs
  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup (215g) firmly-packed light brown sugar
  • big pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (160g) semisweet chocolate chips (or chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate)
  • 1 cup (80g) toasted sliced almonds (optional)

1. Line a rimmed baking sheet (approximately 11 x 17″, 28 x 42cm) completely with foil, making sure the foil goes up and over the edges. Cover the foil with a sheet of parchment paper.

Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).

2. Line the bottom of the sheet with matzoh, breaking extra pieces as necessary to fill in any spaces.

3. In a 3-4 quart (3-4l) heavy duty saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together, and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the butter is melted and the mixture is beginning to boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add the salt and vanilla, and pour over matzoh, spreading with a heatproof spatula.

4. Put the pan in the oven and reduce the heat to 350F (175C) degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. As it bakes, it will bubble up but make sure it’s not burning every once in a while. If it is in spots, remove from oven and reduce the heat to 325F (160C), then replace the pan.

5. Remove from oven and immediately cover with chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes, then spread with an offset spatula.

6. If you wish, sprinkle with toasted almonds (or another favorite nut, toasted and coarsely-chopped), a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, or roasted cocoa nibs.

Let cool completely, the break into pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to serve. It should keep well for about one week.

Note: If making for passover, omit the vanilla extract or find a kosher brand.

Related Links and Recipes

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A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking (Marcy Goldman)

108 comments

  • Bravo. I made this in a vegan version and topped it with cocoa nibs and flaky sea salt. My coworkers were clamoring for the recipe.

    My first batch burnt slightly — I missed the step of turning down the heat to 350 after preheating — and so I made a second batch with the oven at 325. That one came out perfect.

  • Thanks to my friend Jules from Vancouver for sending me this link – and to you David for this recipe. I have been a fan of Matzoh since first introduced to it in 1978 and yes, toast it, eat with P & J, have it dry with tea, eat it with absolutely anything. I bought some of this choc-caramel crunch 2 weeks ago in Vancouver while on a visit and I am absolutely thrilled to get a recipe which sounds quick and easy, with a great blog which has kept me entertained. THANKS!

  • Um, so, I’m schmearing my keyboard with not completely cooled chocolate from my first batch. WOW! Unbelievably, I-shouldn’t-be-home-alone-with-this-stuff, GOOD. I vegan-ized this using a soy based margarine. Haven’t made the butter version yet so don’t know what the “test kitchened” notable differences are but can attest to this recipe converting to vegan easily (and painlessly). Delicious.

  • I made these for passover this past year and our host had to hide them in order for them to make it until dessert!
    Luckily I had extra in my freezer for us to enjoy at home over the next couple of weeks…not that they lasted that long!

  • This is my 4th or 5th time making Matzoh Crunch….Started as just a way to use up my Leftover Matzoh from Passover but this has become a tradition in our family we now have it for every major holiday!!

  • My mom has been making this recipe for years. It was passed down from a friend of a friend of a friend and has been scribbled and rescribbled on scraps of paper. She is the only person our family knows who makes it and people are always amazed when they hear the recipe. We always make it with saltines and chopped pecans. This past year though, she did a batch with white chocolate and sour dried cherries and cranberries. It was a huge crowd pleaser. I was thinking of ways to add the flavor of lime to it also. Zest maybe? I’ll have to see.

  • Ok, your candy section looks out of control good. I am going to make this with gluten free matzo for my boys this Passover and they will have you to thank!

  • I made these today substituting the matzoh with Rice Krispies. I halved the recipe for a first trial and used a smaller pan~ spread a layer of cereal in pan, pour toffee mixture over (basically the same precedure as with matzoh. It came out incredibly light and super crunchie!