Potato Chip Pretzel Caramel Corn

by Kate on April 11, 2013

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Caramel and pretzels. These two ingredients are natural partners, in my humble opinion. You know me, I’m all about the whole salty/sweet combo and caramel and pretzels epitomize this combination. So you can probably imagine just how very thrilled I was to see that for this month’s Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge these two ingredients were our challenge ingredients. Whoo hoo!!

At first I was thinking pie or tart but lately, I’ve come to realized that I make a lot of those. Perhaps you guys are getting sick of seeing so many? I’m not sure. But come on, what’s not to love about pie?!? So my next thought was cookies. I need more cookies in my life. But then I saw a great round up of all these suped up popcorn recipes. I looooove popcorn! And I love to get fancy with and that too, is something that doesn’t happen in my kitchen often enough.

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So my wheels started turning and I knew that I wanted to make caramel corn with my caramel. When I made that Maple Bacon Caramel Corn with Pecans, that was a HUGE hit! I needed to take it to work because I seriously could have eaten the entire batch myself. It was an incredibly dangerous treat and this popcorn is a close second. Caramel corn gets dressed up with the salty components of pretzels and potato chips then a drizzle of white chocolate and dark chocolate. The end result is a serious snack lovers dream!

I still kind of want to make a caramel pretzel pie of some sort but in the meantime, I’ll munch on this popcorn and try to resist the temptation. Now I can’t wait to see what everyone else in the group did with their caramel and pretzels! Let’s check it out.

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Enjoy!

~K

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Potato Chip Pretzel Caramel Corn

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Buttery caramel corn with salty pretzels, potato chips and a drizzle of chocolate for the ultimate snack food.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, plus more to butter pan
  • 10 cups unsalted popcorn, popped
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pretzels sticks
  • 2 cups ridged potato chips, coarsely broken
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Place the popped popcorn into a very large bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, salt and 4 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Quickly, evenly drizzle the sugar syrup over the popcorn, tossing to coat evenly.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes until golden and shiny, being careful not to burn the caramel corn, stirring occasionally. In the meantime, line a second baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  6. Removed from oven and transfer popcorn to parchment-lined baking sheet. Working quickly, sprinkle potato chips and pretzels over caramel corn and gently combine. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  7. Drizzle popcorn, potato chips and pretzels with melted white chocolate and melted dark chocolate. Allow the popcorn to cool completely and let the chocolate completely set then break into chunks.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart

http://foodbabbles.com/potato-chip-pretzel-caramel-corn/



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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar} April 11, 2013 at 6:46 am

This looks so great as a late night nibble worthy snack. I also looove the sweet/salt combo!

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Liz April 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

This popcorn sound heavenly! Love the addition of potato chips. I haven’t tried potato chips with chocolate but I’m sure it’s pretty tasty! 🙂

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Oh it is Liz! SOOO dangerously good!

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Barb | Creative Culinary April 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

I would eat some now for breakfast; no problem.

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Reecea April 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

Oh.my.goodness.gracious! We love popcorn at my house. This looks addictive.

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Reecea! It truly is addictive.

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

Woah! This is the ultimate snack, Kate! Love all the chocolate, caramel and pretzels!

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Thanks Anna! That’s exactly how I would describe it… ultimate snack food for sure.

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Tammi April 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

This wouldn’t last long around my house! Thanks for sharing.

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Claire @ A Little Claireification April 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Holy cow I am SO making this! That looks crazy good!!

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Ooo! I hope you enjoy it Claire! Couldn’t have said it better myself! It was definitely crazy good.

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Liz April 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

This looks like the BEST popcorn ever!!!

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Why thank you Liz!! It was definitely pretty awesome. My favorite is still that Maple Bacon Caramel Corn but this is a veeeery close second!

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Shannon @ Pretty Plain Janes April 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

This looks dangerously tasty!! We love popcorn in our house and we LOVE sweets- what a combo! 🙂

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Thanks Shannon! It was definitely a dangerous little treat to have around. Thankfully my husband could barely control himself so he gobbled most of it up and I didn’t have to resist too much.

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! April 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Wow, this looks amazing!! Perfect snack for a special movie night with the family!

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The Ninja Baker April 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Your appreciation of salt and sweet is appreciated, Kate. Your popcorn with the pretzels, caramel and 2 types of chocolate looks and sounds amazing.

And you’ve piqued my curiosity with caramel pretzel pie. Perhaps we’ll have another go-around with caramel and pretzel via the Dessert Challenge. I hope so…because I’ll be one of the first to stop by Food Babbles =)

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Aww!! Thanks so much! I think perhaps a caramel pretzel pie will still have to happen… challenge or no challenge 😉 It just sounds too good not to do it.

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The Partiologist April 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I have to give this recipe a try – sounds great!

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Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com April 12, 2013 at 5:05 am

Whaaaaat. That’s like 5 amazing snacks at once! Pretty sure my next movie night demands this recipe. Yum!

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Kate April 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Oh yes! I just threw everything but the kitchen sink in there. Figured you can’t go wrong when it’s all covered in caramel and chocolate. It’s a delightfully dangerous little snack Elizabeth 😉

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Sherry K - Jazzy Gourmet April 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

Be still my heart. This sounds fabulous!

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Megan @ The Pink Flour April 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

I love sweet and salty…especially pretzel and caramel – then you throw potato chips, popcorn AND chocolate! This stuff may be the death of me (or at least gaining some unwanted pounds!) And I would definitely love to see you make a caramel pretzel pie…oh and I noticed I have the same bowls as you 🙂 Have a great weekend, Kate!

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Kate April 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Ha! I love that bowl! Thanks so much Megan. This is a serious snack. And I think I’ll have to get on the task of making a caramel pretzel pie. The general consensus from commenters is that it would be amazing!

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme April 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Just pass a bucket of this on over to me. I’ll take care of it 🙂

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Kate April 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Oh it’s definitely that kind of snack Lana 😉

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Lisa April 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Yep..this is most certainly on the menu for the Yankee games this weekend. 😀

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Kate April 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Fantastic! I hope you enjoy it Lisa!

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kelley @ Miss Information April 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

Wow that looks so good, pinned to try soon

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Kate April 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Thanks Kelley!

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Sweet as Sugar Cookis April 14, 2013 at 1:23 am

Oh my gosh, sweet and salty and crispy and crunchy, this caramel corn has got it all.

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

OMG this is amazing!

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Kate April 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Thank you Dorothy!!

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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork April 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

YUM!! I know why you’re doing the smoothie challenge! So you can eat as much of this popcorn as you want! 🙂

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Kate April 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Yep! You’ve hit the nail on the head Meghan 🙂

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Terra April 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Oh goodness me, that is one serious snack! I love the idea of adding potato chips, what a fun crunch to the treat:-) Hugs, Terra

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Kate April 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Oh the potato chips were such a great addition… crunchy, salty and then the sweet. So good!

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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life April 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

That’s crazy good looking! I love all things sweet and salty! And fun sweet popcorns get made in our house all the time too 🙂

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Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thank you Jocelyn! Don’t you just love interesting popcorns? I truly do! Popcorn is such a blank canvas for any number of delectable toppings and mix-ins 🙂

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Trish - Mom On Timeout April 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Thais sounds like an absolutely killer combination Kate! And your pictures are gorgeous too! Pinned!

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Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thank you Trish!

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Lizzy May 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

This is amazing! I will be making this recipe for the weekend! 🙂

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Kate May 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Hope you enjoy it Lizzy!

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