I know, I know. This is not the usual type of recipe I post here at New Nostalgia. There is nothing real or healthy about these–AT ALL!
But, sometimes you gotta break the healthy rules and make something junky–especially when it is for a dessert contest! City Impact (where my husband works) was having their annual BBQ Cookout, and something they do every year is a fun dessert contest.
The winners get great gift cards, so I decided to enter something extra gooey sweet!
I started making this recipe about 4 years ago, always in the fall during football season and only once a year.
I put candy corn in it instead of the chocolate candies, which really is the perfect salty/ sweet combination, inspired by the typical peanuts and candy corn mix. It looks very fall and festive.
While munching away on these Funky Fritos, my daughter asked me what was in them. I started listing the 4 ingredients, and when I got to corn syrup, she had a freakout and said “oh man, Mom, I CAN’T BELIEVE you made something with CORN SYRUP in it.”
My husband smiled, shook his head and said “only YOUR daughter would say something like that!” 🙂
Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Caramel Funky Fritos
1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 10.5 ounce bag Fritos
Chocolate Candies or Candy Corn (optional)
Pour out the Fritos on a large shallow pan lined with greased parchment paper. Combine the corn syrup and sugar and bring to a boil (I use my microwave for this kind of chore – usually takes about 6-8 minutes for the sugar to be dissolved and you’re set!)
Then stir in the PB til smooth. Pour the mixture over the chips, sprinkle with candies, and chill for about 30-60 minutes. Break apart and enjoy!