Frito Candy

As I previously mentioned, I went a little overboard with food for our Beirut finals. In addition to the pizza roll that I made, I also made this Frito Candy.

When you say Frito Candy, people look at you kind of funny, like what the heck is Frito Candy. But, if you have a piece in your hand to give them to try, they will love you. I have always enjoyed mixing sweet and salty together so I knew it would be a hit. I opened the candy container and this stuff was gone within 5 minutes.

Sweet Salty Frito Candy (from Cookie Madness)
2 cups pretzels
1 cup Fritos
8 mini peanut butter cups
1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips – I used dark chocolate chips
Optional: Chopped peanuts for the top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper or no-stick foil.

Crush pretzels. You can use a food processor to chop, or just throw them in a ziploc bag and crush with your hands or a meat tenderizer. Add Fritos to processor/bag and break them up with pretzels. Dump into pan. Unwrap peanut butter cups and throw them in the mix (I broke them in half first).

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. Add chopped nuts if you would like to.

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 up as you would almond toffee. You can eat it cold or let it come back down to room temp.

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4 Responses to “French Silk Pie Bars”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — September 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Congrats, Jen! Your French silk pie bars look heavenly. 🙂

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    Ashley @ My Midwest Table — September 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Best news ever! Congratulations!

    French silk pie is my favorite way to Blizzard at DQ, so I know these bars would be right up my alley, too. Funny that you mentioned about the lack of chocolate curls. I noticed earlier this week that in the bakery department at Wal-Mart, of all places, they had packaged chocolate curls. Haven’t tried them, but I made a mental note for the future. Just passing along!

    • beantownbaker — September 12th, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

      Woah, they have a French silk pie blizzard at DQ?!? I always get Heath and M&M in mine. I’ll have to let my brother know about that.

      Interesting to know since making chocolate curls is not something I’m good at. Let me know if you try them and I’ll do the same.

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