There’s something irresistible about sweet and salty treats. Salt enhances sweet flavors, making for an irresistible combination of sweet and salty flavors that keeps you wanting more.
From salted caramel treats to chocolate covered bacon, there’s an endless variety of unique sweet and salty treats and snacks to satisfy any craving.
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What are Some Types of Sweet & Salty Treats?
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When it comes to sweet and salty treats, you’re limited only by your imagination. From chocolate covered pretzels to kettle corn, maple bacon cupcakes, and more, there’s a satisfying sweet and salty treat everyone will love.
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Tasty & Satisfying Sweet & Salty Treat Ideas
For more amazing sweet & salty treat ideas you might want to try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.)
Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite sweet & salty treat ideas.
Ashley Schuering is the blogger behind Confessions of a Grocery Addict, a food blog designed to share money-saving tricks, time-saving tips, and easy grocery hacks to make being the CFO (Chief Food Officer) of your family a little easier. She is also a full-time freelance writer, self-professed food nerd, SEO wordsmith, and food justice activist.
“My favorite sweet & salty treat is my almost no-bake Peanut Butter Pie with Oreo Crust & Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache or my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting.”
Shelley Hancock is the founder & president of Shelley Hancock Consulting. They provide estheticians with the knowledge and equipment they need to take their businesses to the next level.
“Chocolate-covered popcorn is a sweet, salty treat that is simple to make and great for entertaining guests.
While popping popcorn, melt a bar of baking chocolate on the stovetop. Once melted, combine both ingredients and sprinkle salt on top before the chocolate has hardened.”
Megan Darlington is a Registered Dietitian with more than a decade of experience as well as an expert contributor at Test Prep Insight.
“My absolute favorite sweet and salty treat is bacon brittle.
I know it may sound odd, but it is so delicious. There is something about the salty bacon that pairs so well with the crunch, sweet brittle.
Plus, it is super easy to make. All you have to do is add bacon bits or chopped bacon when you stir in your nuts of choice (pecans, almonds, or peanuts). I also like that it’s not a one and done type of treat. A full pan of bacon brittle usually lasts my family and I an entire week. My kids love it too!”
— The Kitchn (@thekitchn) February 15, 2022
Saad is the co-founder/CEO of Hone Health, one of the largest online telehealth clinics for men. Their mission is to create a world where age has no limits and use science to help men live longer and better.
“Chia seeds are full of nourishing nutrients needed in a person’s diet including protein, magnesium, phosphorus, healthy fats, calcium, and manganese.
Peanut butter and jelly chia pudding is a nutritious snack combining antioxidant-rich blueberries with peanut butter (which is loaded with protein) and coconut milk, a healthy and safe ingredient for those who need to avoid dairy products.
Additionally, this treat can be prepared quickly and promotes a healthy lifestyle boosts energy, and provides the essential nutrients needed for optimal health, making it my favorite sweet and salty treat idea.”
Adam Karl is the Founder/HRO of HeroBot.
“As a food enthusiast with a passion for both sweet and salty flavors, I have a favorite treat idea that combines the best of both worlds: chocolate-covered pretzels with a sprinkle of sea salt.
This delightful treat is incredibly easy to make. I start by melting high-quality dark or milk chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Then, I dip crisp pretzel rods or twists into the melted chocolate, ensuring they are fully coated. I place the chocolate-covered pretzels on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle them with a pinch of sea salt while the chocolate is still warm.
The combination of the rich and creamy chocolate with the crunchy and savory pretzels creates a delightful contrast of flavors. The touch of sea salt enhances the overall taste, adding a subtle hint of saltiness that complements the sweetness of the chocolate.
These sweet and salty chocolate-covered pretzels are not only delicious but also versatile. I enjoy them as a standalone snack or as a fun addition to a dessert platter. They can be customized by drizzling with white chocolate, adding crushed nuts, or even sprinkling with colorful sprinkles for a festive touch.
Whether you’re hosting a gathering, craving a sweet and salty treat, or looking for a homemade gift idea, these chocolate-covered pretzels with a sprinkle of sea salt are sure to satisfy your taste buds.”
Gemma Whitaker is the Marketing Director at Whitakers Chocolates. For over a decade, Gemma has been passionately immersed in the delectable world of confectionery. Every day, she brings her love for quality sweets to her role, helping to craft some of the finest chocolates in the world.
“As a lifelong fan of the delicious interplay between sweet and salty, I find that my favorite treat is a homemade sweet and salty chocolate popcorn.
It’s simple to make and incredibly satisfying. You just pop some popcorn, melt your favorite type of chocolate, drizzle it over the popcorn, and finish with a sprinkling of sea salt (Top tip: double drizzle the melted chocolate if you like a thicker chocolate bite!). The contrast between the sweet chocolate, the salty popcorn, and the crunch in every bite is truly mouth-watering.
Plus, you can experiment with different types of chocolate, and even add in extras like nuts or dried fruit for even more texture and flavor. It’s a fun, easy treat that never fails to hit the spot!”
Sophie Nutley is a passionate and dedicated HR professional who has more than a decade of experience in people led functions in the financial sector. She is the Head of Recruitment for Protect Line, one of the UK’s leading life insurance brokerages, and believes wholeheartedly that business is at its best when it invests in, and builds upon employee centric culture.
“I’m a popcorn devotee, and my favorite treat of all time is a packet of Butterkist’s Deliciously Sweet & Salty popcorn, and every Friday I welcome the oncoming weekend with a little bit of this beloved snack. It’s a perfectly balanced combination of sweet and salty that never fails to make my taste buds tingle and out a smile on my face.”
Jessica Randhawa is the head chef, recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind The Forked Spoon.
“My favorite sweet and salty snack is easily my gingerbread caramel corn.
It has the perfect balance of sweet and salty in the enticing Homemade Caramel Corn Recipe, beautifully fused with warming gingerbread spices and a lavish drizzle of sweet, buttery caramel.
This delectably crunchy gingerbread caramel corn snack, resplendent with holiday spirit, presents a delightful treat to share with family and friends, making it an ideal, thoughtful, homemade gift that spreads joy and tastiness alike.”
Nathaniel Lee is a Chef at Meal Prepify.
“My favorite sweet and salty treat idea is Sweet and Salty Pretzel Bark.
- Pretzels (thin twists or mini pretzels)
- Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- White chocolate chips
- Assorted toppings (e.g., chopped nuts, crushed candies, sprinkles)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on the baking sheet, covering the entire surface.
- Melt the semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 15 seconds until smooth.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzels, spreading it evenly to coat them completely.
- Melt the white chocolate chips in a separate microwave-safe bowl using the same method.
- Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate layer in a decorative pattern.
- While the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle your desired toppings over the bark.
- Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator or freezer to allow the chocolate to set and harden.
- Once fully hardened, break the bark into smaller pieces and serve.
This sweet and salty pretzel bark combines the crunchiness of pretzels with the richness of chocolate, and the toppings add additional flavor and texture. It’s a versatile treat that you can customize with your favorite toppings, such as chopped nuts, crushed candies, or colorful sprinkles. Enjoy the delightful combination of sweet and salty flavors!”
Nora is the co-founder of Appareify, a custom-clothing manufacturer.
“Potato chip cookies are my favorite pick whenever I am in the mood for something salty and sweet.
The best part is that they are also very easy to make, as all it takes is creaming in some butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla into a mixer before storing in the flour to form the dough.
From that point, crush a bag of potato chips and throw them in with some chocolate chips. You can then scoop the cookies onto a baking sheet before baking them for about 10 minutes and that’s it!
If prepared well, it can often prove to be a great treat to share with the entire family.”
Raja has been in the energy industry for ten years, possessing a wealth of knowledge specifically in the residential electricity space. Recognizing a need for change, Raja joined Power Wizard’s dedicated team to help customers eliminate the hassle and confusion of electricity shopping.
“Strawberry pretzel dessert squares are an amazing sweet and salty treat everyone will enjoy.
To make them, preheat the oven to 350, and combine 2 cups of finely crushed pretzels with a quarter cup of sugar and butter, then press the mixture into a 13×9 pan. Bake the mixture for ten minutes and briefly let it cool.
In that time, beat together two softened 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, another quarter cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of milk until blended. Once blended, stir in 1 cup of Cool Whip (this one is personal preference honestly though.)
Then, spread the mixture over the cooled crust, decorate the top with about four cups of fresh strawberries, and refrigerate until serving time.”
Justin Soleimani is the Co-Founder of Tumble, a homeware company that creates beautiful, practical, and affordable home furnishings, including a line of machine-washable and spill-proof rugs that are sure to bring together any room.
“Sweet and salty strawberry ricotta bites are an incredibly simple, healthy, and above all, tasty treat.
Depending on size preference, lay out about 20-40 sea salt-flavored snack crackers, dealer’s choice on the brand. From there, simply dollop a small bit of ricotta cheese on each cracker, and garnish with a halved strawberry and chopped basil leaf. Plan to have about 10-20 basil leaves chopped, and 10-20 strawberries halved for prep.”
Grace Angelique Magalit is the Head Scientist of Culture.org. She has a PhD in Molecular Biology and has worked on many studies involving plant genetics and plant breeding, health sciences, and genetic engineering. She uses her expertise to spread knowledge about scientific knowledge and laymanize the latest scientific discoveries so people can understand it
better. She’s also an absolute k-drama fan and binge watches Korean dramas in her free time.
“My favorite sweet and salty treat is Sundae and French Fries.
Nothing beats the saltiness from the fries combined with the sweetness of the ice cream sundae. Hence, whenever I’m feeling down, I always just head to the nearest McDonald’s and order vanilla sundae and fries. This is really the best OG sweet and salty combo.”
Zoey Wallace is a chef, nutritionist, and writer for Chef Standards. Zoey is all into food and her love for food led her to finish dietetics education.
“Who doesn’t like some sweet treats from time to time? I myself am not an exception, but making a salty twist creates an even more exciting flavor profile. So here I will show you my favorite sweet-salty combination, as well as a few other interesting ideas.
So my absolute favorite is salted caramel popcorn, which perfectly combines the sweetness of caramel with the savory touch of salt and the crunchiness of popcorn.
- Salted Caramel Popcorn: In order to make it, prepare and drizzle it with homemade or store-bought salted caramel sauce. In order to coat it evenly, toss the popcorn carefully, and you will achieve a delicious balance of sweetness and saltiness.
- Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels: Dip pretzel rods into melted chocolate, and then sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the chocolate coating. Let them cool and harden for a delicious sweet and salty treat.
- Potato Chips Covered With Chocolate: Buy or make your favorite chocolate and melt it, after which you will melt the chips in it. Lay them on a parchment-lined tray and let them cool until the chocolate sets. The combination of crunchy potato chips and rich chocolate is truly heavenly.
- Salty Chocolate-Covered Nuts: Take your favorite nuts (e.g., almonds, cashews, peanuts) and dip them into melted chocolate. Before the chocolate sets, sprinkle a touch of sea salt over the top. Allow it to cool and harden in order to enjoy that deliciousness.
- Salted Caramel Brownies: Bake a batch of brownies. After that, make sure to drizzle them while still warm. The fudgy brownies with the sweet and salty caramel topping create a delectable treat.
- Sweet and Salty Trail Mix: Mix together nuts, dried fruits (e.g., cranberries, raisins), pretzels, and chocolate candies (e.g., M&M’s). It’s a portable, satisfying snack with a great balance of flavors.
- Honey-Sesame Brittle: Make traditional brittle with a twist. In order to make it work, you have to add sesame seeds to the mixture and a bit of salt to enhance the flavor.
- Sweet and Salty Chocolate Bark: Melt chocolate and spread it evenly on a parchment-lined tray. Sprinkle crushed pretzels, nuts, and dried fruits over the chocolate while it’s still warm. Let it cool and harden in the fridge before breaking it into pieces.”
Brendan Brown is the founder of The Expert Editor, Australia’s leading editing and proofreading company.
“When I think of the perfect blend of sweet and salty, I think of a particular treat that I believe hits the mark every time — salted caramel and pretzel chocolate bark.
This is a simple yet decadent treat that perfectly balances sweet and salty flavors. Here’s how to make it:
Start by melting your favorite dark chocolate and spreading it thinly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. While the chocolate is still soft, sprinkle it with crushed pretzels and drizzle it with homemade salted caramel sauce.
Once it’s set, break it into pieces, and you’ve got a crunchy, sweet, and salty treat that’s absolutely addictive.
What I love about this treat is its simplicity. It’s easy to make, yet the combination of flavors and textures makes it feel like a gourmet dessert. The dark chocolate provides a rich sweetness, the pretzels add a satisfying crunch, and the salted caramel ties everything together with its buttery sweetness and a hint of salt.”
Larry Snider is the VP of Operations of Casago Park City Vacation Rentals.
“I absolutely love chocolate-dipped pretzels.
There’s no treat that beats it. It satisfies all my cravings and I could eat a million of them. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, it doesn’t matter. Cover a pretzel in it and I’ll eat it.”
Miguel Camperos is the VP of Operations of SunVara.
“My go-to sweet and salty treat is M&M’s and popcorn.
It’s the perfect movie snack because it allows you to constantly munch, and you get your perfect fill of salty with the popcorn and sweet with the chocolate-y M&Ms.
Plus, it’s so easy to put together—just pop some popcorn however you usually do (for me, that’s just throwing a bag in the microwave), dump a bag of M&Ms in your popcorn bowl, and mix it around! Sometimes I’ll get a little more creative and add in other candies like Reese’s Pieces, but regular M&M’s are my go-to and you really can’t go wrong with that!”
Andre Kazimierski is the CEO of Improovy Painters Naperville.
“Especially in summer, popcorn makes a great sweet and salty treat that’s also light enough not to feel too heavy in the heat.
Personally, my favorite recipe for sweet and salty popcorn at home is this plant-based one. I make it all the time, and it’s super simple to throw together and so tasty everyone in my family loves it.”
Joshua Host is the founder of Thrivelab, a telehealth platform on a mission to make hormone health accessible and affordable nationwide. Joshua is a mission-driven founder with a track record for scaling platforms in various industries, including health tech, hospitality, and real estate development.
“Try layering avocado on your salty wasabi seaweed snacks for a healthy, sweet, and salty treat.
You can get as creative as you want with toppings, such as pepper, sriracha, spicy mayo, soy sauce, or your choice of seasoning. But salt is the magic ingredient in this recipe!”
Shareba is a food writer, photographer and recipe developer based in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies from the University of Guelph, a diploma in Journalism from Humber College, and a Culinary Arts Certificate from George Brown College. She shares her expertise in cooking and gardening on her website.
“One of my favorite sweet and salty treats is a vanilla peanut ice cream sundae. I know, that doesn’t sound very exciting, but hear me out.
They key to this sundae is quantities. I use a 2oz scoop of real vanilla ice cream (not frozen dessert), and top that with extra-large roasted salted peanuts.
Not crushed peanuts! You need large pieces to get the full effect, so I like to use whole (shelled!) peanuts.
A drizzle of a good-quality chocolate syrup rounds the whole this out, creating a deeply satisfying sweet and salty treat. It’s so good, I don’t even need the cherry on top.”
Dan Gallagher is the VP of Operations at Aegle Nutrition.
“When it comes to a sweet and salty treat, you really can’t beat trail mix.
The possibilities of ingredients are endless. The sweet can come from chocolate, dried fruit, or both. The salty portion is provided by any kind of nut or salty snack you desire. Make your own or find your favorite mix at your local grocery store, but either way, you can’t go wrong with trail mix when you’re craving sweet and salty.”
Lindsey Kerns is a DV survivor turned Conscious Trauma Informed Life Coach who helps people transform their pain into purpose. She reaches more than 86,000 readers regularly through her work on MalibuMamaLoves.com.
“Personally, I am a salty person.
I love my potatoes, any style! But every so often (ok, more than I care to admit), some sweetness needs to find its way in.
High on my go to list is French fries dipped in a chocolate shake (don’t judge, just try it and see what I mean). However, my favorite sweet and salty treat is cottage cheese with mandarin oranges on top. It always hits the spot.”
Camille Sawyer is the CEO of HIX.AI, a cutting edge AI writing tool that allows super unique content creation.
“Pretzel chocolate chip cookie bars are my absolute favorite.
This sweet and salty chocolate chip cookie is irresistible, and when it’s combined with the saltiness of a crunch pretzel, the taste enhances 10 times.
The preparation of these cookie bars takes no longer than 20 minutes, and 40 minutes later, you will have a tasty treat that you won’t be capable of dismissing.
The ingredients of these delicious bars are melted unsalted butter, light brown sugar, eggs, pure vanilla extract, salt, flour, chocolate chips, crushed salted pretzels, and vegetable oil. All you need to do is preheat your oven to prepare this delectable dessert.”
Pareen Sehat is a Registered Clinical Counsellor at Well Beings Counselling.
“My favorite sweet and salty treat idea is caramel pretzel sticks.
This is the best snack idea that I have come across, and if you try it, you won’t be able to resist eating it till your stomach is full. Here is how to make this treat.
- 1 cup soft caramel
- 2 teaspoons cream
- 10 pretzel sticks
- Chocolate candy coating
- Sprinkles or nuts (or your choice of topping)
You will start by placing the caramel and cream in a microwave safe bowl and heating them for about a minute. After that, mix them well by stirring.
Place this mixture in the refrigerator to cool for 20-30 minutes. Then cut them into thin lines. After that, place the pretzel sticks on a parchment paper laid tray.
Cover the sticks with the caramel strips, starting from one edge of the pretzel to the third quarter of it. Refrigerate these sticks while you melt the chocolate separately.
Now dip the caramel sticks in chocolate paste and let it set. Now garnish with your favorite topping and enjoy.”
Bitu Aulakh is the Managing Director at Morni Tandoor.
“Make a delightful flavor mash-up with handmade chocolate-covered pretzel rods adorned with a rainbow of bright sprinkles.
Melt your choice of chocolate — dark, milk, white, or a combination — in a double boiler or microwave. Swirl each pretzel rod in the chocolate for a velvety coating.
While the chocolate is still wet, liberally sprinkle with various toppings such as colored sugar, crushed almonds, micro chocolate chips, or shredded coconut. A gentle sprinkle of sea salt adds contrast. Refrigerate your creations while they are set on parchment-lined pans.
Once firm, arrange the sweets on a dish or attractively box them for giving. Experiment with different chocolates, caramel drizzles, and themed décor to create aesthetically appealing and delectably individualized delights.”
Dennis Sanders is the founder and CEO of the popular eCommerce site, Burning Daily.
“I’m thrilled to share my favorite sweet and salty treat idea that’s sure to tantalize taste buds.
Picture this: Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Pops. These delightful treats combine the satisfying crunch of pretzels with the indulgence of chocolate.
Simply thread mini pretzels onto lollipop sticks, dip them in a velvety layer of melted chocolate, and sprinkle with colorful sea salt or crushed nuts. The result? A harmonious marriage of flavors and textures that’s both playful and sophisticated.
Whether enjoyed as party favors, dessert table highlights, or an everyday snack, Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Pops never fail to impress. The contrasting yet complementary tastes create a memorable treat that appeals to all palates.”
Peter Michaels is the CEO of Yeespy, the leading parental monitoring solution. At Yeespy, they offer the only reliable option for keeping an eye on your children’s location and monitoring their communication across SMS and social apps.
“I really enjoy the combo of sweet and salty.
One of my go-to ideas is chocolate-covered pretzels. They’re like a taste adventure — crunchy, salty pretzels hugged by smooth, sweet chocolate. It’s like two flavors having a happy dance in your mouth.
Another tasty option is caramel popcorn. Imagine warm, buttery popcorn coated in a layer of sweet, gooey caramel. It’s a bit like a movie night treat, but with an extra delicious twist. The contrast between the salty popcorn and the sugary caramel is simply amazing.
Oh, and let’s not forget about salted caramel brownies. These little squares of joy bring together rich, fudgy brownies with a drizzle of velvety salted caramel on top. It’s like a sweet embrace with a hint of saltiness that takes the whole experience up a notch.
So, in a nutshell, my favorite sweet and salty treat ideas are all about finding that perfect balance between flavors. It’s like a delightful duet of taste that keeps you coming back for more.”
Jacqueline Lian is the CMO of Wendor.
“Here are some of my most favorite and also most common ideas for a sweet and salty treats.
- Roasted nuts – Such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds; roasted with salt and pepper.
- Crackers with cheese – Whole Wheat / corn / sesame crackers. To go with the crackers, some of the finest cheese like blue cheese and camembert.
- Sweet potato chips – With flavors such as salt & pepper, chili & garlic, cream & onion.
- Cookies – Such as peanut butter cookies, carom seed & salt cookies, cinnamon cookies.”
Cherie Gonzales is an outdoor enthusiast and a passionate chef. Through It’s Cherie Gonzales, she shares her passion for nature and content creation presenting a unique blend of creativity and adventure tales.
“One of the flavor combinations that have always captivated me is the marriage of
sweet and salty.
My all-time favorite? Salted Caramel Chocolate Dipped Pretzels. This treats effortlessly combines the playful crunch of pretzels with the velvety allure of chocolate, and the caramel drizzle dusted with a hint of sea salt is what ties this together.
Every bite is a roller coaster of sensations, the initial salty crunch giving way to the sweetness of chocolate, rounded off with the buttery richness of caramel. It’s a reflection of the unpredictability of nature and the structured art of cooking, both of which I cherish deeply.”
Megan Byrd runs the website Coffee Copycat. She is a mom, registered dietitian, food photographer, and recipe developer! Megan started this site because she truly believes coffee should be enjoyed and healthier food can come afterward!
“My favorite sweet and salty treat idea is a salted caramel iced latte.
There’s something so delicious about drinking a caramel latte topped with whipped cream, but I love taking it to the next level by sprinkling some flaky sea salt on top!”
Leigh Matthews is the Professional Administrative Assistant for Gary Massey, Managing Director of Massey and Company CPA. Leigh obtained an associate degree in business from Truett McConnell College. She worked for the Rockdale County School System as an Administrative Assistant for several years before joining Massey and Company CPA.
“My favorite sweet and salty treat is Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars.
The recipe calls for very few ingredients and it is extremely easy to make. Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars are a great treat for Fall get-together.
Recipe for Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups softened butter
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
- 4 cups flour all purpose
- 7 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 14 oz caramels (1 bag)
- 12 oz dark chocolate chips (1 bag)
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Oven should preheat to 325°. Mix together butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and airy, should take about 7 minutes.
Slowly mix in flour, making sure it is mixed well. Grease a 13×9-in. pan. Then spread the dough (2 1/2 to 3 cups) into the greased pan. You will use the remainder of the dough later in the recipe. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Allow to cool for 25 minutes.
While cooling, in a saucepan, melt the cream and caramels on a low heat until smooth. Stirring often. Once melted and smooth, pour over the cooled crust.
Sprinkle with the kosher salt and chocolate chips. Using the remainder of the dough, drop spoonfuls on top of the salt and chocolate chips.
Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for 20 minutes and enjoy.
My favorite store bought sweet and salty treats is Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop sweet and salty kettle corn. Great for binge watching or on the go.”
Lieu Dang is an avid traveler and Marketing Project Manager at Ling App, a gamified language learning app with over 10 million downloads and a language blog.
“A delicious sweet and salty treat idea is to make
This combination of flavors creates a perfect balance between the rich sweetness of chocolate and the savory saltiness of pretzels. It is a popular treat that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
To make chocolate-covered pretzels, you will need the following ingredients:
- Pretzels (any shape or size)
- Chocolate (milk, dark, or white)
- Optional toppings (sprinkles, crushed nuts, sea salt)
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make chocolate-covered pretzels:
- Melt the chocolate: Break the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate using a double boiler on the stovetop.
- Dip the pretzels: Take one pretzel at a time and dip it into the melted chocolate, ensuring that it is fully coated. Use a fork or a dipping tool to remove the pretzel from the chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off.
- Add toppings (optional): While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle your desired toppings over the pretzel. You can use colorful sprinkles for a festive touch or crushed nuts for added texture. For an extra burst of flavor, sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top to enhance the sweet and salty contrast.
- Place on a baking sheet: Transfer the coated pretzels onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Make sure to space them apart so they don’t stick together.
- Let it set: Allow the chocolate-covered pretzels to set at room temperature until the chocolate hardens completely. This usually takes about 1-2 hours, but you can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator for around 30 minutes.
- Once the chocolate has hardened, your sweet and salty treat is ready to be enjoyed! Chocolate-covered pretzels make a great snack for parties, movie nights, or simply as a special treat for yourself. They can also be packaged in decorative bags or boxes and given as gifts.”
Ruiz Asri is the CKO & Editor of Honest Food Talks, a website dedicated to helping people discover new recipes, kitchen hacks, and the latest food trends. With years of experience in the culinary world and a passion for diverse flavor combinations, he’s had the privilege of exploring sweet and savory pairings.
“One of my absolute favorite sweet and salty treat ideas is dark chocolate-covered strawberries sprinkled with a hint of sea salt. Now, while strawberries dipped in chocolate are fairly common, the touch of sea salt raises the sweetness of the berry while offering that addictive salty kick.
The sweetness of fruits like strawberries can be enhanced and given depth when paired with a salty counterpart. Dark chocolate, with its rich and sometimes bitter profile, also benefits from this combination, making it a heavenly trio. It’s a classic with a twist that makes you come back for more.”
Todd Saunders is the CEO of FlooringStores.
“My favorite sweet and salty treat is often referred to as Christmas Crack and only requires a few ingredients.
It’s a toffee-based dessert featuring saltine crackers, brown sugar, butter, and chocolate, which is baked on a cookie sheet. You can add any toppings you like to this treat, such as sprinkles or nuts, to make it unique.
Although it’s a popular choice around the holidays, I personally enjoy it all year long.”
Ryan Farley is the CEO of LawnStarter, which makes it easy to find and book quality lawn care services in your area.
“I’ll always have a soft spot for kettle corn.
It’s something that my grandparents used to make for us when we were kids, and I basically can’t avoid buying some whenever there’s a high school kid’s fundraiser or something like that. The combination of salty, crunchy popcorn and cinnamon sugar is just incredible, especially when you make it fresh at home.”
Jamie River is the Editor of Passive Book.
“When it comes to sweet and salty treats, one of my all-time favorites is chocolate-covered potato chips.
The combination of the rich, creamy chocolate and the crisp, salty chips creates a delicious contrast of flavors and textures.
Imagine biting into a perfectly crispy potato chip, only to be met with a luscious coating of smooth chocolate. It’s a delightful surprise for your taste buds, and the sweet and salty combination is truly addictive.
In fact, I have even come up with a unique twist on this classic treat. Instead of using regular potato chips, I like to use kettle-cooked chips for an extra crunch. The slightly thicker chips hold up well to the chocolate coating, creating an even more satisfying bite.
To make these chocolate-covered kettle chips, simply melt your favorite chocolate (dark, milk, or white) in a microwave or over a double boiler. Dip each chip halfway into the melted chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off.
Place the dipped chips on a parchment-lined baking sheet to set. Once the chocolate has hardened, you can enjoy your sweet and salty masterpiece!
Not only are chocolate-covered potato chips a delicious treat, but they are also incredibly easy to make. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply craving a sweet and salty snack, these treats are sure to be a hit.”
Sweet and Salty Treat Ideas FAQs
Can something be sweet and salty at the same time?
Yes, many foods and dishes combine both sweet and salty flavors to create a unique and often addictive taste profile. This combination plays on our taste buds, delivering a multifaceted flavor experience.
What is something salty and sweet?
There’s an endless variety of salty and sweet snacks and treats, from something as simple as chocolate-covered pretzels or kettle corn to candied bacon or salted caramel and chocolate covered apple wedges. It’s essentially any food or dish that marries the sugary notes of sweetness with the savory tang of salt, offering a balanced taste sensation.
What is a healthy sweet and salty snack?
Some healthier sweet and salty snack ideas are:
- Roasted almonds with a light drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of sea salt
- Apple slices topped with peanut or almond butter and a pinch of salt
- Trail mix with unsalted nuts (such as almonds and walnuts), naturally sweet dried fruits (like raisins, apricots, or cranberries), and dark chocolate chips, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt
- Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts
- Air-popped popcorn with a drizzle of coconut oil or a bit of unsalted butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt