I often hear people say there are no original recipes anymore, only variations of recipes that have been around for ages.
I believe it’s possible to create a truly new recipe, one that we tweak and refine so it becomes our secret product. But more often than not, its base has origins in a previous recipe. A good example is the Toll House recipe. According to the story, Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn, came up with the unique idea of adding chopped chocolate to a cookie. At the time, that was an original idea. So while most of us have very special chocolate chip cookie recipes that are “ours,” our recipe is a version of the original created by someone else.
I started thinking about this a few days ago when I made my Matzoh Candy Crunch recipe.
I’ve been making it every year since 1990, when MrMacho and I moved south to Tennessee. I’d been searching for Red Velvet cake (had never heard of it before!) and was looking through many old community fundraising cookbooks. I came across variations of a toffee recipe that used crackers as the base.
This candy is known by many names: Chocolate Toffee Bark, Classic Saltine Cracker Toffee Candy, Chocolate Toffee Brittle, Saltine Cracker Candy, Saltine Toffee, Chocolate Toffee Candy Cookies, Christmas Crack, Saltine Toffee Cookies, (do a Google search for more, such as Chocolate Caramel Brittle, Chocolate Buttercrunch, Cracker Candy (or just Crack Candy), etc.
There are many many many named variations of this toffee cracker candy that use the same basic recipe: spread baking soda crackers (often just referred to as Saltines) over a sheet pan, cook two ingredients (1 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar), spread over crackers, bake, then top with enough chocolate to cover the crackers. ALL THE RECIPES ARE THE SAME!!!!!
So instead of making this candy with saltine-type crackers, I used Matzoh. I tweaked a recipe and made it my own. But is it really my own?