Sweet and Salty Bars Recipe

This recipe is sort of unusual, but absolutely delicious — especially if you’re into that sweet-salty thing!  You can make these bars into any shape you’d like&mdashI’m making stars for Oscar Night since for me it’s all about seeing the “stars!”  A sprinkling of gold takes the presentation up a notch.  Any shape, any night, these delicious bars are a stellar treat!


  • 3 cups salted potato chips
  • 3 cups pretzels
  • 1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Gold Pearl Dust (optional)

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Makes 8 (3-inch) stars, or 16 small squares

Total Prep and Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Add the potato chips and pretzels to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.  Blend until you’ve got a fairly fine powder.  Set aside.

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In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the marshmallows with the butter and peanut butter.  Once melted and smooth, add the chip-pretzel mixture and stir to blend completely.  Use a flat-bottomed spatula to gently press this into an approximately 8-inch square baking dish.  

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Add the chocolate chips in an even layer on top and place in the preheated oven for about 3 minutes.  Then use a small, flat-bottomed spatula to spread the melted chips into a smooth, even layer.

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Let cool and harden completely at room temperature.  If you’re pressed for time (as I always am), it’s ok to speed things up in the refrigerator.  

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You can now use your star cutter or a knife to shape or cut the bars.  (Please note that if you’ve used the refrigerator, the bars will be slightly harder to cut.)

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Use a tiny paint brush to “paint” on the gold dust.  Just dip your dry brush into the “dust,” and brush it on the chocolate.  And there you have it!

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An additional note:

Pearl dust is used as a decoration to add lustrous highlights, and a glittering finish to fondant, flowers, chocolate, and more. You can find pearl dust at Sur La Table and various places online.  

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