We went on a road trip over the weekend, and road trips mean Fritos. When we were first diagnosed with celiac, we were pleased to discover that good ol' Fritos were gluten free. It's so nice to know that they are THERE---at every gas station, and in every vending machine.
When we returned home, I still had half a bag left, and they were awfully squished after being in the backseat for 2 days. The best thing to do with crushed Fritos? Make candy! I saw this recipe posted on the Cookie Madness site, and knew we had to make it. We just had to.
--1 stick of butter
--12 oz bag of chocolate chips
--2 T peanut butter (optional if you have allergies)
--1/2 cup brown sugar
--1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional--we used honey roasted because that's what we had)
--2 cups Fritos
--2 cups Pretzels (I used Glutino)
Put the Fritos and the pretzels in a large Ziploc and smash until crumby. Set aside.
Line a 9 x 13 or so cookie sheet with Release foil or parchment paper. Set that aside, too.
Put the butter, the brown sugar, peanut butter, and chocolate chips into your crockpot and set on high for 1-2 hours or until everything is really melty and you can mix it well.
It took 1 hour, 15 minutes to melt nicely for me in a 6qt Smart Pot.
Stir in your pretzel and Frito pieces. Anna at Cookie Madness did it differently. You can read what she does, here.
Using oven mits (use them! The crock is hot!) dump the hot candy out onto your lined cookie sheet and spread out with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle the peanut pieces on top.
Put the pan in the refrigerator for about an hour, or until candy has set completely. Break into pieces.
Woah, mama! Man, these are amazing and wonderful and so scary in that they are SO good you want to take them all into a corner of the garage and eat them all by yourself.
Amazing. You must make them.
Thank you, Anna!