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25 Salty-Sweet Treats, for the Best of Both Worlds!

I don’t recall exactly when the salty-sweet snack trend came on full-force, but I couldn’t be happier about it. See, I’ve been craving salty-sweet for years without even realizing it. After finishing a bag of chips I would always grab a handful of M&M’s. Just scarfed down a piece of chocolate? Show me the pretzels.

But now I can have the best of both worlds – kettle corn, salted caramel, chocolate covered pretzels – salty-sweet treats are everywhere, and I’ve gathered up some utterly addictive recipes for you to try at home!

  • 25 Salty-Sweet Treats! 1 of 26
    25 salty-sweet treats

    Love salty? Craving sweet? Sacrifice no more! These salty-sweet cakes, cookies and snacks will satisfy both - and are utterly delicious too!

  • Ginger Granola Bars 2 of 26
    babble ginger granola bars

    Bits of crystallized ginger, flax seeds and shredded coconut make these a "grown-up" granola bar that's the perfect on-the-go treat.

    Read how on Babble

  • Caramel Pretzel Blondies 3 of 26
    babble caramel pretzel blondies

    Luscious caramel (either storebought or your own homemade) is sandwiched between two layers of pretzel-studded blondie batter for the ultimate salty-sweet treat!

    Read how on Babble

  • Bacon Shortbread 4 of 26
    babble bacon shortbread

    Bacon - cooked crisp and crumbled - is added to a simple shortbread base for a most unexpected (and amazing) tea time treat!

    Read how on Babble

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Squares 5 of 26
    babble peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel squares

    Pretzel-studded chocolate chip blondies are drizzled with more pretzels - that have been coated in a melted mixture of peanut butter and chocolate. These taste even more divine than they look!

    Read how on Babble

  • Chocolate Maple Bacon Cupcakes 6 of 26
    babble chocolate maple bacon cupcakes

    One of the most unusual - and decadent - cupcakes ever! Vanilla cupcakes are dressed up with a chocolate ganache glaze and finished with a smattering of chopped cooked bacon!

    Read how on Babble

  • Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Cookies 7 of 26
    babble chocolate chunk pretzel cookies

    These are NOT your grandma's chocolate chip cookie! Hefty chocolate chunks replace dainty chips, and crushed pretzels add texture and just the right amount of salt. You should totally hide these from the kids. They wouldn't understand...

    Read how on Babble

  • Pretzel Nutella Ice Cream Sandwiches 8 of 26
    babble pretzel nutella ice cream sandwiches

    Adorable and addictive! Butter snap pretzels are layered with Nutella and vanilla ice cream. More Nutella on the outside and a roll in some chopped hazelnuts. I dare you to eat just one!

    Read how on Babble

  • Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods 9 of 26
    babble chocolate dipped pretzel sticks

    I've been making some variation on this snack for my kids' classroom parties for years! Colored sprinkles allow you to customize for any occasion (can you say Valentine's Day?) and with only 3 ingredients this is the perfect treat for the littlest hands to help with!

    Read how on Babble

  • Sea Salt Caramels 10 of 26
    donuts dresses and dirt sea salt caramels

    Intimidated by caramels? So was I. But all you need is a candy thermometer (to ensure an accurate temperature) to guarantee success. These creamy caramels are perfectly offset by a sprinkle of flaky sea salt - delicious!

    Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Salted Brown Butter Cereal "Treats" 11 of 26
    donuts dresses and dirt salted brown butter cereal treats

    Rice krispie treats? They're sooo yesterday. These squares are made with cornflakes, browned butter (heaven), and a bit of salt - talk about taking it up a notch!

    Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Chocolate Chip Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust 12 of 26
    donuts dresses and dirt chocolate chip bars with a salty pretzel crust

    These only "look" like plain old blondies. Till you take a bite and realize that they are sitting atop a buttery, salty pretzel crust. 

    Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Salted Caramel Corn 13 of 26
    donuts dresses and dirt salted caramel popcorn

    If you find caramel corn to be a bit too "one note," you'll love what the addition of a little coarse salt does. It perfectly offsets all that sweetness, making this popcorn completely addictive!

    Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • "Compost" Cookies 14 of 26
    donuts dresses and dirt compost cookies

    Inspired by the famous Momofuku Milk Bar recipe. Why "compost"? Let's take a look at the mix-in's: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham cracker crust, ground coffee, oats, pretzels and potato chips. Need I say more? 

    Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies 15 of 26
    donuts dresses and dirt cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies

    In addition to chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, these cookies contain cornflake "crunch" - made by coating cornflakes in melted butter, sugar, and salt and baking it all up before adding it to the batter. Game. Changer.

    Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Peanut Butter Cookie Cups with Salted Caramel Ice Cream 16 of 26
    carolyns homework peanut butter cookie cups with salted caramel ice cream

    Win-win here! Looks fancy but is so easy - peanut butter cookie mix is pressed into individual tart tins (but you could just as easily use mini muffin tins instead), baked and filled with salted caramel ice cream. A match made in heaven, don't you agree?

    Image and recipe courtesy of Carolyn's Homework

  • Sea Salt Oreo Truffles 17 of 26
    madigan made dark chocolate sea salt oreo cookie balls 3

    Need a crowd pleaser? Try these Oreo truffles, dipped in dark chocolate and garnished with a sprinkle of sea salt.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Madigan Made

  • Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Treats 18 of 26
    simply southern baking dulche de leche chocolate pretzel treats

    Love this - pretzel crackers sandwich a dulche de leche filling. A dip in dark chocolate, followed by a drizzle of white chocolate and you've got a "wow" worthy treat that is sure to be a hit!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Siimply Southern Baking

  • Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Cookies 19 of 26
    beyond frosting salted caramel hot chocolate cookie

    Hot chocolate mix in a cookie? You betcha - the texture is brownie-like (yum), and the whole thing is drizzled in melted caramels and sprinkled with sea salt. Bring it, winter!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Beyond Frosting

  • Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies 20 of 26
    i heart eating fluffernutter sandwich cookies

    Classic peanut butter cookies sandwich a toasted marshmallow and chocolate center. What's not to love??

    Image and recipe courtesy of I Heart Eating

  • Nutella Mousse Pie with Bugle Crust 21 of 26
    food babbles nutella mousse pie with bugles crust

    Forget jewelry. Forget flowers. Wanna win my heart? Bugles. Seriously, I go weak in the knees. So I was ALL over this pie - I mean, really? Nutella mousse? A Bugles crust? This completes me.....

    Image and recipe courtesy of Food Babbles

  • Salted Caramel Twix Bars 22 of 26
    bake love give salted caramel twix

    Buttery Shortbread. Layered with salted caramel. Dipped in milk chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. You may never eat the original again.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Bake. Love. Give.

  • Salted Caramel Cashew Bars 23 of 26
    i heart eating salted caramel cashew bars

    Cashews? They're my "nut" of choice - so I can only imagine how heavenly they will taste atop these shortbread bars layered with salty caramel...

    Image and recipe courtesy of I Heart Eating

  • Salted Caramel Mocha Bundt Cake 24 of 26
    inside bru crew life salted caramel bundt cake

    This cake is like your favorite salted caramel coffee drink. But it's a cake. With a drizzle of white chocolate and salted caramel. 

    Image and recipe courtesy of Inside Bru Crew Life

  • Salted Ripple Chip Ice Cream 25 of 26
    cupcakes and kale chips salted ripple chip ice cream

    Salted dulche de leche ice cream ("no-churn" so you don't need an ice cream maker!) contains a fudge ripple and chocolate chips. Sweet and salty goodness in a bowl, people!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Cupcakes and Kale Chips

  • Salted Caramel Cupcakes 26 of 26
    the kitchen is my playground salted caramel cupcakes

    Tender vanilla cupcakes get a rich swirl of caramel buttercream, and are garnished with a bit of salted caramel.

    Image and recipe courtesy of The Kitchen is My Playground

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