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Sweet and Salty Brownies {pretzels + potato chips}

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The perfect blend of sweet and salty, these brownies will melt in your mouth. Gooey deliciousness perfect on the go or for a fun party treat! 

brownies stacked on top of each other with bits of pretzel and potato chip inside

Recommended Ingredients: 

This recipe is easily made with only a few ingredients. I suggest using the following ingredients to get the best brownies out of this recipe.

brownies stacked with wavy potato chips

Which potato chips go best with chocolate? 

For these sweet and salty potato chip brownies, you need a sturdy crisp that can stand up to the baking heat required for the recipe. 

Try a thick chip with ridges, like Ruffles brand and you can’t go wrong. 

sweet and salty bits with brownies on parchment paper

Best pretzels for chocolate brownies

The following pretzels work best for salty brownies:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Traditional pretzel-style

Which brownie mix should I use? 

This recipe works great with any kind of brownie or blondie mix/recipe.

Simply follow the directions on the box and add the other ingredients right before baking. 

brownie mix, potato chips, pretzels, vegetable oil, hersheys candy bar, egg

3 Steps for perfect brownies

  1. Follow box directions
  2. Add in potato chips, chocolate pieces and pretzel bits
  3. Top with extras and bake (per box instructions)

Expert Tips for perfect brownies (every time)

To get perfect brownies every time, make sure to follow cooking times on the box provided. 

For extra fudge/gooey brownies, add in more fats like butter or chocolate! 

sheet of brownies atop parchment paper


What are things I can make with leftover brownies? 

Add leftover chunks to ice cream for an awesome treat! 


Store these in a zippered or air-tight container for up to 5 days. 

Why do my brownies get hard after baking? 

There’s nothing worse than baking your brownies to find they’ve hardened! 

To prevent hardening try to undertake them just a bit. Use a toothpick to check the middle. 

gooey sweet and salty brownies with fork

How to soften brownies that go hard

If your brownies have hardened, simply wrap them in a moist paper towel and microwave for about 20 seconds. 

The moisture will soften them back to their gooey goodness! 

sweet and salty brownies rich with chocolate inside

How to make thick brownies

First, choose the correct pan size for your desired brownie thickness. 

Unlike cake, brownies do not rise much after baking. 

If you prefer a thick brownie, bake in a smaller pan. 

Note: you’ll likely have to extend your cooking times for thicker brownies.

Can I freeze brownies? 

You can freeze brownies, but without the pretzels and chips.

What can I substitute for potato chips or pretzels? 

  • Chex mix
  • Crispy bacon bit leftovers
chocolate with potato chips and pretzels

What can I substitute for the added chocolate bar?

  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch/caramel baking chips
  • White chocolate 
  • Candy bar pieces
  • Nuts
  • Coconut shavings
  • Marshmallows / graham crackers
ice cream with brownies and ice cream scoop on orange napkin

What sides go with brownies?

  • Milk
  • Ice cream 
  • Caramel drizzle
brownie batter with pretzel bits in a mixing bowl

How do I make brownie cookies? 

Since these treats are perfect for parties, I’m often asked if you can make these brownies into cookies. 

To make as a cookie, use the 18 oz brownie mix + 2 eggs + 1/2 cup of oil.

Add in other sweet/ salty ingredients.

Take a spoonful of mix and smush a pretzel on top to flatten like a cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. 

sweet and salty brownies with potato chips and pretzels

Sweet and Salty Brownies

Make these delicious sweet and salty brownies with potato chips and pretzel bits. Wow your guests with this perfectly unique party dessert!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
33 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Amber


  • 9×9 baking pan


  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • cup vegetable oil
  • cup water
  • 1 cup potato chips lightly crushed
  • 1 cup pretzels lightly crushes
  • 2 chocolate bars chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare your baking dish by criss-crossing parchment paper or spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Prepare brownie mix according to box instructions by adding eggs, oil and water to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in half of the chopped chocolate, pretzels, and chips to the batter.
  • Pour mix into prepared baking dish. Top with remaining sweet and salty ingredients.


Notes about thick brownies: 

First, choose the correct pan size for your desired brownie thickness. 
If you prefer a thick brownie, bake in a smaller pan. 

Note about gooey brownies: 

You can easily overbake brownies. Make sure to remove when just about finished cooking or you’ll end up with hard brownies. Use a toothpick to check the center.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Chocolate lover? Also try out chocolate cherry dump cake.

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