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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17 Responses to “Fauxstess Cupcakes”

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    Maryanna — April 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    These are darling!

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    Kerstin — April 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Adorable – I love the cupcake liners!

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    Anali — April 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    These look great! I’ve got to try them soon! ; )

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    oneparticularkitchen — April 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    How adorable! Oh The Yankee would just eat these up.

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I have been wanting to try these too – nice post, I love the photos.

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    Maria — April 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    They look perfect! YUM!

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    Jamie — April 10, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Sooo freaking adorable! I have these liners, so I will be making these in the very near future!!! Well done!!!

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    rickdog — April 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Find more Fauxstess Cupcakes in my recipe blog search:
    HERE

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    Sarah — April 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    So cute and yum!

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 11, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Could these be any cuter?? I love the idea of home baking classic favorites like this!

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    oneordinaryday — April 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    This looks perfect! Yum!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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    kitchenbelle — April 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Great job! Your cupcakes are perfect! They look just like Hostess except SO MUCH BETTER! Your ganache is so nice and shiny!

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    Jigginjessica — April 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I love these cupcakes! They have been on my to try list forever and I think that maybe today might be the day I finally try them.

    Also, I didn’t even realize you had less swirls, shows how well I know a hostess cupcake!

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    bcallegra — April 20, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I made them this weekend and am now officially addicted to the filling – it reminds me of marshmallow creme! Although my cupcakes (and pictures) pale in comparison to your version, I need to thank you once again for supplying me with a great recipe.

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    Simply Inviting Weddings — November 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I searched all over for a recipe like this and didn’t want to use marshmallow creme for the filling! These are amazing- my family was fighting over them. Thanks for sharing!

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    Seantellc — April 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    so in your recipe you say to put the batter into the wells of a muffin tin coated with non-stick spray. Does that mean not use cupcake liners, or does that mean to spray the liners with non-stick spray?

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    beantownbaker — April 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Sorry, I’ll fix the recipe. You don’t need to spray the cupcake liners.

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