Graham Cracker Toffee also referred to as caramel or chocolate bark, is a decadent dessert that’s easy to make and great for giving as a gift – if you can keep it around long enough. Graham crackers covered with rich toffee and dark chocolate create a bark that’s hard to pass up. Top it off with flaky salt and pecans for an incredible treat.

A pile of chocolate caramel bark on a black board.

Chocolate Bark is one of my favorite holiday treats to not only enjoy but to give away as gifts. Try it as a hostess gift at Christmas instead of a bottle of wine, teachers and friends will love it. It comes together quickly, freezes well and is a melt-n-your-mouth dessert that everyone asks for.

You’ll make a rich buttery toffee and pour it over graham crackers which are then baked. It’s then topped with your favorite chocolate. I like pecans sprinkled on top along with flaky salt, but that’s totally optional.

You might know this as salted caramel bark, but technically it’s not caramel because there’s no cream, just butter and brown sugar, so it’s actually toffee.

While it takes a couple of steps, I’ve given you some tips to make sure it turns out perfect. This recipe for chocolate bark is very forgiving, so even if you don’t have a candy thermometer, it’ll still be fantastic.

Chocolate Christmas bark piled on top of each other.

The first time I made this, I cleaned out my pantry and used all the scrapes of chocolate I had. It ended up being mostly dark chocolate. However, I thought it could use a little milk chocolate. The next few batches I experimented and found my favorite combination which is 10 ounces of dark chocolate and 6 ounces of milk chocolate.

Any combination of bars of chocolate or chips will work so use what you like.  This is the time to splurge and get the best quality chocolate that will fit your budget.

Chocolate and pecans on top of graham crackers and caramel.

Why you’ll love toffee bark recipes

  • It’s got a perfect balance of sweet.
  • It’s a forgiving recipe and doesn’t have to be done perfectly to look or taste great!
  • The pecan crunch at the end of the sweet caramel flavor along with flaky salt, is fabulous.
  • I love making and giving homemade gifts – this is my favorite.

Graham Cracker Chocolate Bark ingredients

The ingredients for Christmas chocolate bark
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  • Chocolate – any type and variety will be delicious. If you are a dark chocolate fan, use all dark. You can even throw in chocolate chips. You want a total of about 16 ounces
  • Graham crackers – you’ll need 15
  • Butter and brown sugar – for the caramel
  • Pecans and salt – for the topping

How to make Graham Cracker Bark with Chocolate & Toffee

Step 1: Prep the base

Line up graham crackers on a rimmed baking sheet.  If, like me, you are making several batches and don’t have enough rimmed sheets, put an empty baking sheet underneath just in case it drips over.  Mine did not, but came close.  This is one of those recipes that it helps to have everything ready before you start.

Graham crackers lined up for a batch of chocolate bark

Step 2: Make some toffee

Make the toffee by cooking brown sugar and butter using a candy thermometer to know when it’s done. It will foam up and then go back down.

A saucepan of butter and brown sugar.
Combine butter and brown sugar.
A saucepan with caramel that has started to foam.
Let it foam.
Caramel that is starting to turn brow.
Remove when it turns amber, 300º.

Pour it over the graham crackers and bake for 10 minutes. It will turn dark brown.

Tips for making CARAMEL  

  • Make sure there is no moisture in the saucepan
  • Use a candy thermometer and remove when it reaches 300º or if it starts to smell like it’s burning remove immediately.`
  • If no candy thermometer, look for a deep golden color
  • You don’t need to stir it, but if you just have to stir, it won’t ruin it
  • Pour this over the graham crackers immediately.

Pro tip: If your butter and brown sugar separate, don’t worry, it will still taste awesome. Just pour it over the graham crackers and continue with the recipe.

Step 3: Melt chocolate

While the caramel is baking, melt the chocolate in a microwave at 50% power stirring every 30 seconds until just melted. Remove the graham crackers from the oven and immediately pour over the caramel. Sprinkle nuts and flaky salt on top right away before the chocolate cools

Chocolate and pecans on top of graham crackers and caramel.
Pour chocolate over the top and add pecans and salt.

Step 4: Break into pieces

Let it cool completely and then refrigerate or freeze to harden before breaking into pieces.

Chocolate bark on a marble counter.

The end result is a heavenly combination of chocolate, salted caramel and pecans on a crunchy graham cracker base.  I just put them in a cellophane bag and add some ribbon to tie it shut and then store them in the freezer so that when I need to take a gift around the holidays, I have some ready to go.

Christmas bark being wrapped in a gift bag

Graham Cracker Toffee Topping Ideas

Try topping your bark with slivered almonds or toasted coconut. To make the bark festive, add some colorful sprinkles or crushed peppermint.

How to Store Salted Chocolate Bark

The best way to store chocolate bark is in the freezer in an airtight container. You can store it at room temperature for about a week before the graham crackers get stale.

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Graham Cracker Toffee Recipe (Chocolate Bark)

Graham Cracker Bark is a decadent treat that's easy to make and great for giving as a gift. Graham crackers covered with rich caramel and dark chocolate create a bark that's hard to pass up. Top it off with flaky salt and pecans for an incredible treat.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 289kcal

Equipment

  • Candy thermometer

Ingredients

  • 15 graham crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar dark or light
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups pecans chopped
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate chopped
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Place graham crackers on sheet touching each other.
  • In a medium saucepan, add butter, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, until a candy thermometer reads 300º. Do not stir. Pour over graham crackers, spread evenly. Bake for 8-10 minutes until it is bubbly but not burnt.
  • While baking, melt chocolate in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds until just melted. Pour over baked graham cracker caramel mixture and sprinkle with pecans and flaky sea salt.
  • Chill for at least 45 minutes and then break into pieces.

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Notes

  • Make sure there is no moisture in the saucepan
  • Use a candy thermometer and remove when it reaches 300º
  • If no candy thermometer, look for a deep golden color
  • You don’t need to stir it, but if you just have to stir, it won’t ruin it
  • Pour this over the graham crackers immediately, if it separates, don’t worry, it will still taste awesome
  • Try adding toasted coconut to the top with the pecans. Alternative toppings could be colorful sprinkles or pepita seeds. 

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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I first published this recipe for Graham Cracker Toffee on my Southern food blog Butter and Baggage.

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