Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home
Americans — like no other culture — love their junk food. We’ll stuff our faces with treats salty and sweet until we’re intoxicated with saturated-fat euphoria.
But what we love even more than sweet snacks and salty snacks separately are the two flavor profiles combined to create mouth nirvana of the highest degree.
To get your double-the-pleasure fix without leaving the kitchen, check out these easy-to-make budget-friendly sweet-and-salty recipes. (See also: Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests)
Sweet-and-Salty Pumpkin Seeds
This sweet-and-salty pumpkin seeds recipe is easy to make, whether as a quick snack for yourself or finger food at your next fall fete. With only five ingredients — pumpkin seeds, unsalted butter, sugar, salt, and ground cinnamon — this crowd pleaser is packed with flavor and takes just over an hour to bake.
Fall Sweet-and-Salty Treat
If you want to satisfy your salty-sweet craving but have no time to fuss with prep work or an oven, this fall sweet and salty treat “recipe” is for you. Just combine two cups of candy corn with an equal amount of dry-roasted peanuts to create a treat that tastes like a Payday candy bar.
Gluten-free dieters, rejoice! This sweet-and-salty popcorn is for you. After popping fresh popcorn, toss it with a butter-and-powered-sugar syrup (using gluten-free ingredients, of course), and sprinkle the coated corn with a teaspoon of salt. Great for a chilly evening in front of the tube.
This is probably my all-time favorite salty-sweet combo snack; melt-in-your-mouth chocolate combined with the crunch of a pretzel is the stuff culinary legends are made of. For a pared-down version of this chocolate-dipped pretzel recipe, all you’ll need is a 12-ounce package of semisweet chocolate chips, a tablespoon of shortening, and your favorite brand of pretzel — preferably the larger-sized kind, so you can dip them more easily. If you want to get fancy, once the pretzels are dipped, dip them again in a plate of sprinkles or small candies like mini M&M’s.
Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix (for the holidays)
When Land O’Lakes created this sweet-and-salty snack mix recipe, they were sure not to mention any other brand names. Luckily, I can tell what the generic descriptions of the ingredients are by looking at the photo. You’ll need Bugles corn snacks, a box of Wheat Chex, small pretzel twists, pecan halves, and festive M&M’s, among a few other kitchen staples, like corn syrup, salt, vanilla, and, yes, Land O’Lakes butter, to create this delicious mix. In total, you’ll get about 10 cups of salty-sweet mix.
Chocolate Turtle Sweet-and-Salty Snack
It’s interesting to see how creative people can be when they need something salty and sweet right away. This impromptu chocolate turtles recipe hardly takes any time at all, which probably means the recipe’s author needed her fix — and fast! To make this chocolate-caramel-pretzel treat in a jiff, place Rolo candies on mini pretzel twists and microwave for a few second until the chocolate is just soft. When you take the pretzels out, top them each with a pecan half. Quick and ingenious.
Sweet-and-Salty Caramel Snack Mix
No matter how you pronounce it, caramel is a silky-smooth confection that knows how to hit the spot. Your homemade version — using butter, brown sugar, Karo syrup, and vanilla — will be used to coat a mixture of graham cracker cereal (like Honey Grahams), honey roasted peanuts, salted cashews or macadamia nuts, and Pretzel M&M’s in this sweet-and-salty caramel snack mix recipe. Your mouth is watering already, isn’t it?
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