Cravings Cruncher: Sweet and Salty


By Kimberly Gamble

Want a salty snack? Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Instead of Ramen and cookies, try a more sophisticated option to satisfy your taste buds.

Sweet and salty snacks are great because they satisfy the sugar lovers and the savory snack cravers. These easy recipes will surely be a big hit at your next gathering. (Or your party for one with Netflix and a blanket.)

Chocolate-dipped pretzels


8 oz. of semisweet chocolate

18 pretzel rods (from a 10-ounce bag)


Line a rimmed baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside.

Break semisweet chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave-safe dish.

Microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until the chocolate is just melted (about 1 minute).

Remove and stir until smooth.

One at a time, roll one end of the pretzel rod into melted chocolate and, using a spoon, coat each 3/4 of the way up.

Place pretzels on the prepared baking sheet.

Refrigerate until set (about 15 minutes).


Sweet and salty fudge

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 32 pieces



6 tbsp of butter

1/2 cup of cocoa

1 pound box of powdered sugar

4 tbsp of milk

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

1 cup of salted mixed nuts (leave in whole pieces)



Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil and grease with butter.

Melt butter on top of double boiler over simmering water.

Add cocoa and stir until mixed.

Add the rest of the ingredients, except the nuts.

Stir until smooth and the sugar has melted.

Stir in the nuts.

Quickly spread in the loaf pan.

Cool and cut into squares.


The Sweet and Salty


1 ½ ounces of white Bacardi rum (or your rum of choice)

1 lemon





Fill a pint glass to the top with ice.

Cut the lemon in half and squeeze half into the glass coating the ice.

Pour your shot of rum in and then fill the glass with Squirt.

Pour in a little Coke—just enough to change the color of the drink to light brown.

Put salt on the other half of the lemon and salt the rim, then squeeze the lemon into the drink.

Add a couple shakes of salt directly into the drink, stir a little, and enjoy!