Monday, February 4, 2008

Ode to Frito Candy

Oh delicious, indulgent Frito candy, where have you been all my life?!?! I spotted this recipe months ago on Anna's fantastic blog, Cookie Madness, and bookmarked it immediately. I wanted to try it desperately, but I was also slightly afraid of it - Fritos and chocoalte? Really? But this weekend I finally decided it was time to be adventurous and whip up a batch. Holy hell. This stuff is just amazing. Amazing. I couldn't stop eating it. It was like crack. Salty, chocolatey, gooey, delicious crack. I brought (what was left of) the batch to my friend Jamie's party on Saturday night (see below for more goodies from that) and then made another batch to give to some friends and family - I had to share the love! Don't wait - make this today! And Anna, you are my hero! :)

Sweet, Salty, Frito Candy

2 cups pretzels
1 cup Fritos
8 mini peanut butter cups (I used 4 regular-sized cups broken into pieces)
1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or however many you want)
Optional: Some peanuts for the top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper or no-stick (Release) foil.
Place pretzels in food processor and pulse to break - don’t pulverize. Add Fritos to processor and break them up with pretzels. Dump into pan. Unwrap peanut butter cups and throw them in the mix.

Place butter in a non-stick saucepan and melt over medium heat. When butter is melted, stir in brown sugar. Bring mixture to a full boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring once or twice. Pour over Frito mixture and bake for 8 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over hot candy. Return to oven for 1 minute to soften chips. Spread softened chocolate chips over bars.

Cool at room temperature until you feel the pan is cool enough to be transferred to your refrigerator, then transfer to refrigerator to set the chocolate. When chocolate is set, lift from pan and break the candy into pieces. The finished candy can be stored at room temperature, but I liked it best nice and cold from the fridge!


Lindsey said...

This frito candy everyone is making looks so good!!! I wonder how many weight watchers points it is..hahaha..Looks great!!!

Maria said...

Oh my this does look good!! Now i wonder what Fritos are and what would be the equivalent here in the UK? I'd love to make these ;o)


MrsPresley said...

i LOVE sweet and salty snacks! i've seen this on a few other blogs and it looks great!

Julie said...

I have been dying to try this frito candy, I love sweet and salty together. Maybe this is what I will make and bring to the next family gathering.

daphne said...

hmm... have never tried frito before but that sounds really cool!!

Bridget said...

I love your blog! I've never heard of Frito candy, but am going to have to try it!!! :)

You've been tagged for a meme!


BMK said...

I bet the sweet and salty is a great combo. Looks really good.

P.S. You've been tagged!

Suzy Q-zy said...

that stuff looks flippin' awesome! I happened upon your site and now I'm addicted to make such easy and accessible stuff..can't wait to try some of the recipes!

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Marilyn said...

I'm definitely trying this one! Of course, I'm trying desperately to lose weight and still keep the rest of the house happy during my journey...may have to cheat on this one...hmmm.

Marilyn said...

Sounds awesome! Have to try this one. I came across your site searching for a copycat for fiber one bars...found it and searched through some more recipe and found this one! Can't wait to try it!

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Thank you for the recipe