Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gift Idea: Cracker Candy in a Tervis Tumbler

My favorite holiday food gift, Cracker Candy, just got even more present appeal.  I know it's difficult to believe that this sweet and salty confection could get even more gift-able, but it has.  Yes, it still can be made ahead and is as tasty on day seven as it is on day one.  Yes, Cracker Candy still has that addictive, yet mysterious quality that keeps gift receivers wondering about its ingredients.   And, yes, it continues to be an economical baked good that can withstand a jaunt in an eight year old's backpack.  Now, however, when teamed up with Tervis tumblers, it is the gift that keeps on giving.

Tervis tumblers are drink ware that are both durable and adorable.  I was first drawn to them while browsing in my local Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  I love that these cups are American made and are offered with a variety of cute logos and stylish monograms.  The fact that they keep hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold with little or no condensation is also appealing, but what I am especially drawn to is the colorful lids and durable straws that are also produced by the Tervis company.  Teachers talk, teachers get thirsty, teachers need cute cups that can sit on their desks and hold their favorite beverages, and teachers love gifts.    

Coupon in hand, I purchased some Tervis tumblers with coordinating lids and straws.  I then filled them with Cracker Candy.  The irregularly shaped  treats fit nicely down into these cups and are visible through the clear exterior.  In addition to teachers, a Tervis tumbler filled with Cracker Candy or another delicious Christmas sweet would make a nice holiday gift for bus drivers, neighbors, co-workers, and family members.  My children are excited to deliver this gift to their teachers and I'm hoping Santa might place a Tervis tumbler under the tree for me too!


Cracker Candy Recipe

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
saltine crackers (about 1 1/2 sleeves)
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Cover a sheet pan (cookie sheet with shallow sides also know as a 1/2 sheet pan) with tin foil or if you're lucky enough to own a silpat liner use that on your sheet pan.
  3. Lay saltines in a single layer to completely cover the sheet pan, break a few in half to fit along the edge.
  4. Melt the butter and sugar over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Boil the melted butter and sugar mixture for 2 minutes while continuing to stir.
  5. Pour butter and sugar mixture over the saltines and spread to completely cover them (an offset spatula works great for this).
  6. Bake for 7 minutes.
  7. Turn oven off.
  8. Sprinkle chocolate chips over sheet pan.
  9. Return sheet pan to oven (which is now turned off) for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and spread chocolate chips. Cool (place entire pan in the refrigerator if you have room).
  11. When cracker candy is totally cool, break it into pieces.


  1. I saw those cups over the weekend at BB&B and was thinking what a cute gift they would be...and filled with yummy treats is even better!

  2. I don't think I've ever had cracker candy before. I'll have to give this a try! I like your gift idea.

    Your post for the Best in Show award is doing really well! I'm looking forward to seeing who wins this week. It's a close race so far :)

  3. I really like cracker candy but the way you packaged it is so adorable and useful. I like different packaging ideas. I'll be using this one for sure.

  4. That cracker candy is so addictive! And, the monogrammed Tervis Tumblers with Travel lid is a really good teacher gift!

    Thanks for joining my *Holiday Blog Hop*

  5. What a great idea. I am in need of a quick teacher gift and this is perfect! Thanks!!

  6. Love the idea of presenting it in the tumbler! Poppin' over from the virtual cookie hop!

  7. Yum, I love cracker candy! My friend used to make it and I always wanted the recipe. Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister Sunday, now I can make it too!

  8. That is such a neat and novel idea to use the cup as a packaging idea. It cuts down on waste since the person will actually be able to use the cup. Great thinking.

  9. Looks yummy! And great reusable packaging, too!

    -- Laura from Frugal Follies

  10. Hi Heidi….
    I found your fabulous project and blog through the linky party at Somewhat Simple!
    I'd like to invite you to my weekly T.G.I.F. Linky party to share your projects -- I'm looking to grow my party with good quality projects just like this one….here is the direct link if you'd like to join us sometime - the linky is up Thursday evening - Tuesday….:)
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