Remember when “sweet & salty” swept the culinary scene? Every food magazine, cooking show, baker and chef featured some variation on this theme. Although no longer the hottest trend, sweet & salty has settled in as a beloved flavor combination.
The popularity of sweet & salty should come as no surprise – it’s always been there. When you really think about it, almost every dessert recipe calls for a little salt. One of my traditional favorite examples of this concept is a great pie! Isn’t it really a combination of the sweet filling and salty crust that creates perfection?
We’ve always liked sweet & salty treats, but I think it was the idea of adding a burst of flavor from coarse salt that grabbed our attention. Chocolate and caramel seem to be among our favorite sweets that get a wonderful boost by adding a little extra salt.
The crust for the Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars recipe is a Martha White® Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix. Top with salty pretzels, peanuts and a caramel sauce. Delicious! The Chocolate Thumbprints with Salted Caramel recipe uses some of the same basic ingredients as the Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars recipe.
The thumbprint cookies are made with a Martha White® Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix, melted chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Fill the indentations with caramel candies that have been melted with cream. Sprinkle with sea salt or other coarse salt and you’ve created a delectable treat your whole family will love.
Do you have a favorite little sweet & salty treat of your own? If so, I’d love to hear what it is.