Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

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These No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars are a sweet summertime treat. No oven is required, and there’s only a brief time standing at the stove. The result is, essentially, a homemade candy bar made from simple ingredients.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

Saltine crackers form the basis for the three layers of these bars. They add intense crispiness that holds up to a deluge of toffee, but they also add salt. That salt really builds incredible flavor throughout the layers, and the flaky sea salt on top adds even more.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

The homemade toffee in this recipe isn’t terrible to work with, but please, use caution. It can go from a simmer to a boil FAST, and you do not want that molten sugar on your skin. So, keep an eye on the temperature and bring it down as you need to, and keep stirring the toffee as the directions say. Once this gets going, don’t leave the pot unattended.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

Modified from Southern Living December 2022 issue.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

This simple, no-candy-thermometer-needed candy bar recipe creates delicious results using basic ingredients.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: bars, candy, chocolate, cracker
Author: Beth Cato


  • 9×9 pan
  • aluminum foil
  • nonstick spray
  • offset spatula


  • 48 saltine crackers from a 16-ounce package, divided
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk one can
  • 3 Tablespoons half & half
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips or chocolate bark
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt


  • Line a 9×9 pan with foil, overlapping two long strips to cover all four side. Apply nonstick spray all over interior. Place 16 crackers in a single layer to form a base crust. On a plate, count out 32 more crackers to have ready to make the next layers quickly. Stage the uneven spatula nearby.
  • In a saucepan on the stove, cook sugar and butter, stirring often, until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. That will take about 5 minutes. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk, half & half, corn syrup, and salt. Increase the heat to medium to bring the contents to a simmer. Stir constantly. Continue stirring–bringing the heat down as needed to keep it at a simmer, not a full boil–for about 6 to 8 minutes, until it obtains a deep golden color. Remove the pan from heat and add the vanilla extract.
  • Carefully pour about 1/3 of the toffee over the crackers. Set down pan and quickly use the spatula to spread the toffee into an even layer. Place 16 more crackers on top. Add another 1/3 of toffee. Place the last of the crackers, and then pour the rest of the toffee on top and even it out. Let cool for a few minutes. Clean the uneven spatula.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate using a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave or a pot on the stovetop. Slowly pour the chocolate over the top of the of the cracker-toffee stack and use the spatula to even it out. Let it cool about 5 minutes. Measure out the flaky sea salt and sprinkle it all over the top.
  • Place the pan in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from fridge and let set at room temperature about 10 minutes, which will reduce the amount of crackling across the chocolate top. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board. Use a knife to cut off the very edges to form neat sides, and then cut the rest of it into small bars.
  • Store bars in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.