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No-Bake Potato Chip & Pretzel Bars w/ Ganache

These No-Bake Potato Chip & Pretzel Bars w/ Ganache have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheNewFanFavorites #CollectiveBias

Who is in full planning mode already for the big game? *raises hand*  We entertain all football season long, so I have quite a few fan favorite recipes that I’ve perfected over the years.  I try to keep my menu easy to execute, especially when it comes to sweets, which is why I love no-bake bars.  These sweet and salty no bake bars combine some football classics like potato chips and pretzels with chocolate and peanut butter… no way you can miss with these!

The first step is to mix up your peanut butter mixture, which is peanut butter, powdered sugar, potato chips, pretzels and a bit of heavy cream to smooth it out.  This recipe is quite decadent and sweet so the more salty potato chips and pretzels the better!  I like to pulverize half of my chips and pretzels in a food processor.  The other half, I simply crush with a rolling pin in a zip-top bag.  These larger pieces give the bars a ton of texture in bite and sight.

I’m using two trusted brands today that I always keep in my pantry.  For the pretzels: classic Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels and for the potato chips: Cape Cod® Potato Chips.  With the strong flavors of peanut butter and chocolate, best to keep the salty elements neutral in flavor, ya know?

Mix the crushed chips and pretzels in with the peanut butter/sugar mixture until just combined.  If you find the mixture really dry and crumbly (this will depend on your peanut butter choice), blend in a couple tablespoons of heavy cream (or half & half) until you have something that resembles this:

Press the mixture into an 8×8 pan that has a wide strip of lightly greased foil running through and over the edges to ensure a smooth removal.  Then prepare your ganache *heart eyes*

Chocolate ganache may sound fancy but it is just a simple chocolate sauce consisting of two ingredients: chocolate and heavy cream.  Basically, all you do is heat the heavy cream to hot but not boiling, then pour it over your chocolate to melt it, wait a few minutes, then whisk and pour.  Easy!

Allow the chocolate ganache to set for a couple of hours in the refrigerator, freezer for an hour if need be.  Then all that’s left is to cut out the bars and assemble on your favorite football serving stand!

Find Hanover of Snyder’s Pretzels and Cape Cod Potato Chips at Walmart together in the chip aisle. For more awesome game day recipes, check out other New Fan Favorites!

 

No-Bake Potato Chip & Pretzel Bars w/ Ganache

  • 2 cups Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels
  • 2 cups Cape Cod® Potato Chips
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbl whipping cream

ganache

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. In a stand mixer, whip the peanut butter until creamy.  Add in powdered sugar slowly.  While that is mixing, pulverize 1 cup of potato chips and 1 cup of pretzels in a food processor.  Add to the peanut butter mixture.  Place the remaining 1 cup of potato chips and 1 cup of pretzels in a zip-top bag.  Crush them into smaller pieces by lightly rolling over them with a rolling pin.  Add to mixture, stir to combine.
  2. Line an 8×8 baking pan with lightly greased foil.  Press peanut butter mixture into an even layer.  Place in fridge.
  3. Heat heavy cream over medium-low heat until hot, but not boiling.  Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and allow to melt for 3 minutes, then whisk.  While the ganache is still hot, pour over the peanut butter layer and allow to cool for 2-3 hours.  Cut into squares and serve.

 

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2 Comments

  1. January 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    These look AH-mazing!! I have to make them!! Thank you! (client)

  2. January 18, 2017 at 7:59 am — Reply

    What a creative and yummy idea! I love the pairing of sweet and salty! #client

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