Oyster Cracker Candy

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Got a hankering for something sweet, salty, crunchy and savory? Oyster Cracker Candy will satisfy all your cravings. It’s a quick and easy snack for tailgates, holiday events and cocktail parties!

a blue bowl full of oyster cracker candy on a multi colored napkin.

What is Oyster Cracker Candy?

Oyster Cracker Candy is made with tiny oyster crackers (ad), pecans, brown sugar, butter and savory spices. It’s baked in the oven for just 10 minutes, and then the fun begins!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The combination of the herbs and spices in this recipe are absolutely delicious. Dried thyme, ground ginger, parsley and cayenne create a flavor explosion you will love! When you pair the seasonings with brown sugar and real butter, you won’t believe how amazing it tastes.

This is a fun snack mix to keep on hand for tailgate parties or whenever friends gather to watch the big game. We like to keep Oyster Cracker Candy around during the holidays too. It’s a sweet and salty appetizer that also pairs well with cocktails!

oyster crackers spread out on a baking sheet.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • oyster crackers – tiny crackers usually eaten with soup
  • pecans – these nuts taste amazing when toasted
  • butter – use the real thing
  • brown sugar – caramelizes with butter
  • thyme – dried is better than fresh
  • ground ginger – gives the recipe a little lift
  • parsley – provides color and flavor
  • ground cayenne pepper – adds a punch
  • coarse salt – sea salt works well

How to Make It

Cracker Mixture

Spread oyster crackers and pecans onto a half sheet pan. In a separate skillet, melt butter. 

Mix in brown sugar, thyme, ginger, parsley and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. 

Pour contents of skillet over oyster crackers on sheet pan and stir until all crackers are moistened.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove crackers from oven and sprinkle with topping. 

Topping

Mix brown sugar, thyme, ginger, parsley, cayenne pepper and salt together. Sprinkle over oyster crackers after baking. Stir well and cool at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Can I Substitute Crackers and Spices?

If you can find mini Ritz crackers (ad), they work well with this recipe too. Any small, buttery cracker would be a good substitution.

If you’re a cinnamon or pumpkin spice lover, you could definitely try these seasonings instead of the ones listed. You could even add vanilla extract or a splash of rum to the wet ingredients if you’re feeling sassy!

How Long Does It Keep?

Once baked, this sweet and crunchy candy keeps up to 1 week if stored in an air-tight container. Keep in a dry location.

oyster cracker candy in a blue bowl with a spoon.

Recipe Tips and FAQs

  • Feel free to make substitutions with crackers or spices, but make sure you use real butter for this recipe. Other products won’t produce the same results.
  • The cracker mixture will be sticky and may not get on every cracker. No worries. If necessary, use your hands to mix it together, but be careful because the mixture is hot!

More Snacks to Love

If you’re hosting a party or family gathering, these snacks make great appetizers!

a blue bowl full of oyster cracker candy on a multi colored napkin.

Oyster Cracker Candy

Got a hankering for something sweet, salty, crunchy and savory? Oyster Cracker Candy will satisfy all your cravings!
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 259kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

CRACKER MIXTURE

  • 10 oz. oyster crackers
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper

TOPPING

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

Instructions

CRACKER MIXTURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread oyster crackers and pecans onto a half sheet pan.
  • In a separate skillet, melt butter. 
  • Mix in brown sugar, thyme, ginger, parsley and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. 
  • Pour contents of skillet over oyster crackers on sheet pan and stir until all crackers are moistened.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove crackers from oven and sprinkle with topping. 

TOPPING

  • Mix brown sugar, thyme, ginger, parsley, cayenne pepper and salt together.
  • Sprinkle over oyster crackers after baking. 
  • Stir well and cool at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Notes

  • Use real butter for best results.
  • Cracker mixture will be sticky and hard to stir. Keep working with it until all crackers are barely moistened.
  • Store candy in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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