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Who’s ready for some more chocolate? I am so good during the day while I am at work (most of the time), but I get home and I just need something sweet. Yesterday, my second reminder to “get my butt in shape” popped up on my iPhone; I set them for myself in January. Yet, I traded in my workout shoes for one of these Sweet and Salty Junkyard Brownies.
A couple of months ago while browsing through my favorite Wholefoods ever, I spotted some ridiculously amazing looking brownies topped with all sorts of salty snacks. I could see the caramel oozing out the sides and knew I was going to have to make them at home.
These are really quite simple. I used a boxed mix of brownies and added some Hersey’s baking melts for added chocolate, because nothing goes better with chocolate than more chocolate. I smothered my brownie in caramel sauce and then topped it with pretzels, crushed cashews and caramel popcorn.
Makes 12 Brownies
1 box Fudgy Brownie mix
Ingredients listed on boxed brownie mix
1/2 C Hershey’s baking melts or chocolate chips
1/2 C Caramel sauce (I used Smuckers)
1/3 C Cashews- crushed
1/2 C Pretzels- broken into small pieces
1 C Popcorn- caramel or plain
I used my individual brownie pan because I wanted to have edged on my brownies. I used a family size 9 * 13 size box of brownie mix and it was enough for 12 brownies. I divided the batter evenly between the 12 bars and baked it for 15-18 minutes.
- Mix ingredients (don’t forget to add your chocolate chips) and follow the instructions for baking the brownies according to your pan size. Allow to cool completely.
- Spoon caramel sauce over brownies and add desired topping- cashews, pretzels and popcorn. Drizzle with additional chocolate and caramel sauce.
Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days, but don’t worry, they won’t last that long.
I used Moose Munch popcorn since it was already coated in caramel. If you use regular popcorn, you would want to serve these immediately to make sure the popcorn isn’t too soft.
The best thing about the individual brownie pan is that you can customize each brownie to your liking. Do you see a brownie bar in your future?