This delightful confection is both sweet and salty. While most people are familiar with salted caramel, salted honey is even more appealing and makes this treat recipe a little healthier than ones which include a lot of refined sugar. Kids can easily get in on the fun of helping to make the bark – they can crush the crackers, stir the honey syrup (with supervision) and sprinkle the toppings on as well. Part snack, part candy, this bark makes an ideal teacher or hostess gift.
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using your hands, coarsely crumble crackers into one layer onto the prepared baking sheet (pieces should be 1/2 inch approximately). Toast in oven until golden brown, 3 - 4 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Put sugar, honey, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted, then stir constantly as soon as it begins to bubble. Use instant-read thermometer and watch the temperature as it will rise quickly as the syrup cooks. Remove from heat as soon as it reaches 300F, about 5 – 7 minutes.
Stir in baking soda (mixture will foam up). Quickly pour mixture over crackers, as evenly as possible.
Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over top. Let sit 3 – 4 minutes until melted, then spread in a thin layer using a knife or spatula.
Top with cranberries and almonds then sprinkle with salt. Use the tip of a knife or your fingertips to press almonds into the chocolate.
Chill until chocolate is hardened, at least 10 minutes. Break bark into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a month (as IF it's going to last that long!!!).
Makes approximately 6 cups.