Sweet and Salty Peanut Squares

Leader food columnist Kathleen Brotherton says your kids will love these sweet and salty snacks.

When your kids bring their friends home for some summer fun, you probably want to offer them some tasty snacks. And what’s better than sweet and salty snacks to satisfy those kids’ cravings?

This recipe for Sweet and Salty Peanut Squares is quick and easy to make, and the peanut butter flavor with a drizzle of milk chocolate will be a hit with young and old alike.

The best part about the recipe is you make it on top of the stove, so there’s no need to fire up the oven in the July heat. This recipe makes two dozen squares so there are plenty to go around.


1 package (10-ounces) corn chips, slightly crushed and divided

1 cup unsalted peanuts, crushed and divided

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted

Place half of the crushed corn chips and crushed peanuts in a greased 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan; set aside.

In a saucepan, bring the corn syrup and sugar to a boil. Stir in peanut butter until well blended. Drizzle half of the corn syrup/peanut butter mixture over the corn chips and peanuts in the pan.

Add the remaining corn chips and crushed peanuts to the rest of the corn syrup/peanut butter mixture; stir until combined. Spoon over mixture in pan; press down lightly.

Drizzle with melted chocolate and let cool before cutting. Makes 2 dozen squares.

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