Heath Bars Recipe

Heath bars closeup showing textures and layers

You don’t need a holiday for an excuse to make this heath bars recipe. But why would you want to celebrate a holiday without them? Altogether rich, crisp, buttery, salty, chocolatey, nutty deliciousness. Any sweet tooth will have a hard time saying no to these for certain!

Equally important, this heath bars recipe is one of the EASIEST desserts to make, requiring only five ingredients. We think crushed pretzels would make a yummy topping, too! In any event, please share your suggestion for other toppings in the comments below.

History of Heath Bars

  • The Heath brothers, Bayard and Everett, opened a confectionary in 1914. Their father had bought the business for them.
  • Moreover, they picked up a toffee recipe somewhere along the line from a traveling salesman.
  • Customers could order heath bars to be delivered with milk! This became possible when the sons moved their confectionary to their father’s dairy farm.
  • Indeed, the heath bar grew in popularity during the Depression.
  • Because the heath bar had a long shelf life, the U.S. Army ordered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bars. They then placed them in soldiers’ rations in WWII.
  • Finally, the Hershey company acquired the Heath family’s business in 1996.

Heath Bars

Heath Bars

Pat Yates
Course Dessert


  • saltine crackers
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • nuts* roughly chopped.


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line a 13 x 9-inch cookie sheet or cake pan with crackers.
  • In a pot, cook the sugar and butter, bringing to a boil.
  • Boil for 3 minutes and pour over the crackers.
  • Bake at 400°F for 5-8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Let melt, then spread evenly.
  • Add roughly chopped nuts on top.
  • Cool and refrigerate.
  • Once cooled, break into pieces.


We used roasted almonds. 
Bars close up showing layers of buttery crackers and chocolate

Sweet Gifts

Likewise, Bronner’s offers some sweet gifts for your sweet-treats lover. Also, try our Totally Tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, another year-round favorite from “Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites” staff cookbook.

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