Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Caramel Funky Fritos

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!


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  • Kate
    January 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    HFCorn syrup has always been on my taboo watch list also. That being said, I keep corn syrup in my pantry for ONE recipe–my sisters Carmel Corn made in a paper bag in the Microwave. When my boys found out that I had a BOTTLE of the evil stuff IN MY PANTRY they looked at me like I sprouted two heads. Funny memory. They are now 22 and 24. The recipe looks good! Salty sweet! My favorite.

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      January 20, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Funny how recipes feel extra special when made with ‘taboo’ ingredient, only made once in a while and is a passed down recipe. Your comment made me smile…your boys reaction! Love it.

  • Rhonda
    July 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    How long does this keep and do you keep in fridge? Sorry if this was already answered. : )
    Looking for a yummy snack mix to take on girls trip.

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      July 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

      No, I don’t keep in the refrigerator, the caramel would get too hard. I have no idea how long it lasts…we eat it up too quickly.

  • tkme4ard
    September 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Crush up the corn chips in a bowl, pour the sugar mix over, spread in pan, sprinkle top with milk choc chips till glossy and then spread with spoon. Chill. No need to use anthing in the pan its never stuck for me and ive made it for years. Use a lipped cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.

  • Anonymous
    June 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Just made this for my son’s birthday. Everyone loved it. I used foil & had no trouble with it sticking. Thanks!

  • Anonymous
    May 27, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I am like your daughter (& probably the same age) is there any alternative to corn syrup in this recipe?

  • Anonymous
    November 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I bet with the sweet and salty bugles would be great.

  • Anonymous
    July 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Question-is this to be gooey or crunchy? I think I burned the corn syrup 🙁

  • Amy Bowman
    March 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    we never had trouble with it sticking to foil, but I changed it to wax paper just in case. It may have to do with how long the caramel mixture is cooked…ours are usually pretty gooey and come right off the foil, but if cooked longer, they set up more and I could see them sticking. Sorry for your trouble, glad you liked the recipe despite!

  • Anonymous
    March 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Tastes yummy!! BUT… Next time I will use wax paper, not foil… I had a heck of a time peeling the foil off and a lot of it I had to throw away because foil was stuck to it : ( Did you ever have this problem? Why would you use foil instead of wax paper?

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Use a large jelly roll cake pan, spray it with Pam and you will never have to use foil or wax paper, let it set and cut it into squares, also don’t melt your chocolate, buy the mini choc chips and throw on while its still hot, it will melt itself! I use this receipe on a weekley basis for football season.

  • Anonymous
    February 23, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I melt chocolate chips and put a little oil in them. I can then drizzle the chocolate over mine! LOVE THEM!!!

  • JoeKnee
    December 31, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Make it with Bugles… you’ll thank me! LOL

    December 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm


  • Misty
    November 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I thought this sounded absolutely disgusting, but a friend of mine had it at a Halloween Party & she used melted chocolate chips drizzled over top. I was brave enough to try it & it was delicious!! So addicting!! Her mother-in-law actually made it so she didn’t have the recipe so I am so glad I ran across this page, I am going to make it for Thanksgiving & probably Christmas too.

  • Kristen
    June 25, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I made these for my book club tonight & everyone LOVED them! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Little Brick Ranch
    June 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I hate corn chips but this look delicious in its own right! I dont have corn syrup but it may be worth the investment! 🙂

  • The Pennington Point
    June 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    OK wait. I realize that you are a real person. Maybe it’s that I imagine we’re friends? Or do I imagine I’m real? LOL! Lisa~

  • The Pennington Point
    June 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I hope you don’t mind if I say….this looks disgusting! LOL! I’m just going to believe you since you are my imaginary friend. 🙂 Lisa~

  • erin
    June 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Haha! That totally cracks me up about what you daughter said about corn syrup. I was laughing out loud! Good job. 🙂

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