Sweet + Salty Dessert Recipes
If you want to take your sweet and salty treats to the next level, try whipping up one of these desserts. Some of these combinations may sound a little strange, but trust us, once you try them you’ll be hooked!
1. Grilled Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Peaches With Salted Bourbon Caramel
Even if you’re not a bourbon drinker, we guarantee you’ll love this recipe! It’s the perfect mix of sweet, salty, creamy and fresh. Thanks to Steel House Kitchen for sending over these grilled peaches with salted bourbon caramel.
2. Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Who can resist a warm chocolate chip cookie—especially when it’s mixed with the saltiness of a crunchy pretzel? This yummy goodness takes only 20 minutes to prep and 40 minutes later, you’ll have a treat that you won’t be able to put down. Thanks to Just a Taste for their pretzel chocolate chip cookie bar recipe.
3. Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds
If you’re looking for a healthier treat, then whip up these amazing dark chocolate sea salt almonds. The recipe only requires four ingredients! We must warn you though, once you start eating them you won’t be able to stop. Thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction for the photo.
4. Nutella and Bacon Stuffed French Toast
No, your eyes are not deceiving you, you read that correctly: Nutella and bacon stuffed french toast. This sweet and salty breakfast dish is perfectly fluffy, perfectly sweet and perfectly crisp. Go ahead, you know you want to try it. Thanks to Domesticate Me for these tempting photos.
5. Vanilla Ice Cream With Olive Oil and Sea Salt
Bet you’ve never tried this one before! Make sure to use the best olive oil you can get your hands on along with the creamiest vanilla ice cream so that the flavors blend together well. And top it off with sea salt. Thanks to Honestly Yum for their vanilla ice cream with olive oil and sea salt recipe.
6. Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips
Who can resist a bag of chips? Or chocolate? And sprinkles? Just make sure to dip the chip as soon as the chocolate is melted, otherwise the chip might break (though it wouldn’t make the treat any less delicious!). Thanks to Sally’s Candy Addiction for this chocolate-covered potato chip recipe via Leite’s Culinaria.
7. Circus Animal Popcorn
If you grew up loving the taste of circus animal frosted cookies, then this will take you back. The gooeyness of the marshmallow holds the treats together. But the more you add, the sweeter it will be. Thanks to Two Sisters Crafting for this circus animal popcorn recipe and photo.
8. Chocolate-Dipped Clementines With Sea Salt Caramels
These tiny treats are perfect as a snack or party plate. The juice of the clementine deliciously complements the bitterness of the chocolate. Don’t forget to sprinkle with sea salt. Thanks to The Comfort of Cooking for these chocolate-dipped clementines with sea salt.
9. Caramel Pretzel Sticks
We all know someone who is a bit indecisive when it comes to what they want to eat. So this is the perfect treat for them. White chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate give pretzel sticks a decadent new twist. Head on over to Shari’s Berries and surprise someone with these caramel pretzel rods.
10. Roasted Almond and Salted Caramel Easter Cheesecake
Cheesecake is a perfect party staple. But if you want it to stand above the rest, put a salty twist on it! Roasted almonds, cinnamon and gooey salted caramel is the way to go if you want to take your cheesecake to the next level. Note: any day is perfect for this treat. Thanks a bunch to Cocoon Cooks for photos and recipe for roasted almond and salted caramel Easter cheesecake.
11. Jalapeño Grapefruit Margarita
You thought we would forget the boozy treats? No way! We couldn’t resist this Jalapeño Grapefruit Margarita recipe. Add a little (or a lot of) jalapeño to give it the perfect kick. Taco Tuesdays will never be the same again. Thanks to My Crazy Good Life for the photos.
12. Vegan Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate
If you can’t have dairy, this one’s for you. Full-fat coconut milk gives this recipe the creamiest texture. Add the crunchiness and saltiness of the pretzels, and you’ll be in frosty heaven. Don’t forget to top it with cocoa whipped cream. Thanks to the Minimalist Baker for this pretzel frozen hot chocolate recipe.
13. Sriracha Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Need a creative appetizer? We’ve got one for you—and it can be ready in 45 minutes! Forget chicken wings. These sriracha-honey glazed bacon wrapped pineapples will leave your guests coming back for more. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy! Thanks to The Stay at Home Chef for the photos and recipe.
14. Salted Toffee Oyster Crackers
Did you ever take oyster crackers home from a restaurant? If so, you’ll adore this recipe from Simply Sated. This version is bite-sized and perfect for little hands. The flavor combines the crunch of a salty cracker with sweet sticky toffee. Check out these salted toffee oyster crackers and let us know what you think!
More Irresistable Flavor Pairs
Hopefully after viewing this, we have convinced you to try new flavors. If you still think some of these sweet and salty foods are a bit odd, we thought so too—until we tried them. Now we can’t put them down. If you’re craving more combo snack ideas, check 24 of our fruit and chocolate pairings.