Sweet and Salty Man Treats

So, I’m sure you’re wondering – what the heck are Sweet & Salty Man Treats?! Well…let me explain it this way…this is a DUDE version of a 7 layer bar. It is chock full of manly junk food items like bacon, pretzels, chocolate and peanut butter chips, salted caramel sauce AND crushed potato chips! I know the calorie counter in your head is most likely spinning out of control – but wait until you try this – it really has all of your favorite guilty pleasures rolled into one little square! I’m making these bars this Valentine’s Day as a special indulgence for the junk food loving man in my life!

Sweet & Salty Man Treats
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This is a DUDE version of a 7 layer bar. It is chock full of manly junk food items like bacon, pretzels, chocolate and peanut butter chips, salted caramel sauce AND crushed potato chips!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 strips bacon
  2. 5 ounces (about 4 cups) pretzels
  3. 4 ounces butter, melted
  4. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  5. 6 ounces (1 cup) dark chocolate chips
  6. 5.5 ounces (1 cup) peanut butter chips
  7. 3.75 ounces (1 cup) crushed ruffled potato chips—from about 2 cups uncrushed
  8. 14 ounces (about 1 1/4 cup) salted caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350* F. Line a 9×9-inch pan with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Fry the bacon until it is crisp, turning often so it cooks evenly. Once crispy, remove the bacon from the pan and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Once cool, chop into small pieces.
  3. Put the pretzels in a food processor and process them until they are fine crumbs. Combine the pretzel crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl and toss until the pretzels are moistened and the mixture has the texture of wet sand. Press it onto the bottom of the foil-lined pan in an even layer.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped bacon on top of the pretzels in an even layer, then add the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and crushed potato chips. Pour the salted caramel sauce evenly over the entire pan.
  5. Bake the bars at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling on the sides. Let them cool on a wire rack until they’re room temperature. To serve, lift the bars from the pan using the foil as handles, and cut into small squares. These bars are easiest to cut when they are cold, but they taste best at room temperature.
Notes
  1. I used Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce for this recipe - you'll need to buy two jars, but you won't use all of it.
Adapted from SugarHero!
Adapted from SugarHero!
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