Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover a large baking pan with aluminum foil, including the edges and line with wax paper on top. This will ease the pain of clean-up from the caramel spill-overs. Place the matzo in the pan in a single layer. If necessary, break to cover the entire surface.
In a medium pot melt the butter and sugar and bring to a boil. Keep pot boiling for an additional 3 minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and add the pinch of salt. Pour the mixture over the matzos and spread evenly. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. The mixture will bubble and spread evenly over the matzos. Keep an eye on the matzos to make sure they do not burn.
Remove the matzos from the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Wait for 1-2 minutes, until chocolate chips soften, and spread over matzos. Place matzos in the freezer for 10-15 minutes in order for the chocolate to harden. Remove from the freezer and break into pieces.
This sweet snack is a great alternative to cookies or cake and will always have people asking for the recipe. We recently had a Hanukkah Party at my place and someone brought over what everyone thought was toffee – well, to our surprise, it was chocolate covered matzo (thanks Adriane and Andrew for bringing it). With upcoming work and family holiday parties filling up the calendar, I decided that this would be something I’d try for a change – what a hit it was! If you didn’t know anything about what you were eating, you’d think this was toffee; it has a great caramel and chocolate flavor with the perfect crunch. The more sugar/butter mixture and chocolate you add, the richer it will be so you can adjust accordingly.
If you don’t have matzo around the house, you can do this with saltine crackers as well, just leave out the salt in the recipe. Also, the reason for “good quality” chocolate chips is that these normally stay firm and not melt after the matzo has been in the freezer. Many times, store brand or cheaper chocolate chips will re-soften and create a big mess.
I know my recipes are normally low-fat, but there’s not really a way to cut the fat, calories or carbs in this one so save this for a real treat. I’ve received several requests for this recipe so I hope it’s a hit at your gatherings. Enjoy!