I’m one of those sweet and salty folks. I’d like to say that I’m more sweet than anything, but I have a salty side too. Who doesn’t? I’m the kinda gal who might enjoy a really indulgent piece of cheesecake and then have to go eat a cracker to offset the sweet. I think I got this from my momma. She always does this.
I threw this recipe together one day when I was craving something rice krispie treats. I had some pretzels in the cabinet and thought how fitting for a sweet and salty kinda bar to combine marshmallows and pretzels? And of course, peanut butter and chocolate are the only other two ingredients that could make this that much more incredible. Within about 10 minutes, I created these bars and they were fantastic. With only 5 ingredients, you can’t go wrong. I love the crunch that you get in every bite. Some may not like that about these, but if you’re a crunchy kinda person, I think you’ll enjoy them.
Not really knowing what I was going to do with these ingredients, I threw a bag of pretzels in a bowl and broke them up. You can get them super finely crushed if you prefer. To keep it light and avoid any extra buttery calories, I refrained from adding anything to them.
Next, I got two pots heating up each with half a bag of mini marshmallows inside to melt. Peanut butter in one and chocolate chips in the other. I must warn you though, it will take every bit of willpower that you have inside to not eat the entire batch of peanut butter marshmallow mixture.
After putting half the crushed pretzels into a second bowl, pour the chocolate/marshmallow mixture into one pretzels bowl and the peanut butter mixture into the other.
At this point, there is no chance of fighting the willpower. Just take a bite of the chocolatey pretzels. I’ll forgive you.
Flatten both mixtures into a pan starting with the peanut butter on bottom and then following with the chocolate. I used a shallow oval dish. Let sit in the refrigerator for a bit to set and you’re done!