Chocolate Caramel Covered Potato Chip Brownies: the Perfect Picnic Pairing with Kettle Brand Chips

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Chocolate Caramel Covered Potato Chip Brownies | somethingswanky.com One of the many things that we are loving about our new home is the YARD! Our last apartment was tiny. Tiny and on the third floor of a building with a large, wrap-around parking lot. In other words: there was very little space for stretching your legs. Plus, we were there for all of the winter months. So even if we had wanted to wander the parking lot, it was a little too cold and rainy for that. Now that spring has sprung and we have a yard, we’re a pretty happy crew in this house. Emma loves being outside! And it has been so much fun to just let her let loose in the yard. We’re even planning on getting her a tricycle for her birthday next month, but shhhh! It’s going to be a big surprise!

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Until then, our favorite use for the yard is definitely having picnics! A month or two ago, Emma saw a Daniel the Tiger episode that involved picnicking and now she asks for one almost daily. At first, Chris and I were just obliging her. But now it’s something we really look forward to doing a few times a week as a family! It’s so nice to take a few minutes to leave the phone and the laptop inside, and enjoy a meal with my two favorite people in the grass. Kettle Brand Chips has challenged bloggers to find their “Perfect Picnic Pairing” flavors for summertime using real ingredients that pair well with Kettle Brand Chips. I decided to combine two of my favorite treats (brownies and caramel covered potato chip fudge) to create a super yummy dessert using Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips! These chips only have three ingredients: potatoes, oil, and sea salt. Using simple, real ingredients like these chips will always create the best tasting desserts! When you open a bag of Kettle Brand Chips, you know you are always getting a quality product. The folks at Kettle Brand Chips pride themselves on always using real ingredients and cooking their chips in small batches to ensure a superior tasting chip. They only use the finest all-natural, non-GMO ingredients with no trans fats, no MSG, no artificial colors or flavors, and no list of ingredients you can’t even pronounce! That’s how they’ve done it for 30 years, and that’s how they’ll keep doing it! Chocolate Caramel Covered Potato Chip Brownie | somethingswanky.com

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Chocolate Caramel Covered Potato Chip Brownies

Ingredients

For the Brownie Layer:

  • 1 stick + 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Caramel Chocolate Potato Chip Layer:

  • 14 oz. Kraft Caramel Bits + 3 tbsp water
  • 9.5 oz package Hershey's Baking Melts
  • 4 cups Kettle Chips, Sea Salt flavor + 1 more cup for crushing and sprinkling on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 8x8 baking dish by spraying with non-stick cooking spray and lining with parchment paper (optional, but I like to do it so I can lift the brownies right out of the dish).
  3. Pour the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and beat until smooth, almost creamy.
  4. Add the salt, water, and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition.
  5. Add the flour and chocolate chips and mix well. Batter will be very thick.
  6. Use a sturdy rubber spatula to spread batter in the 9x9 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow the brownies to cool for 10-20 minutes. Then use the bottom of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the top of the brownies (this will help keep the caramel from squeezing completely out to the edges).
  8. Pour the caramel bits in a medium bowl and pour the water over top. Microwave for 90 seconds or until melted completely. Pour over the brownies, aiming to fill the holes as much as possible.
  9. Press 4 cups of the potato chips into the caramel. It's ok to push them into the brownies some, no need to be delicate!
  10. Heat the Hershey's Baking Melts in the microwave for a minute, or until completely melted. Pour the chocolate over top of the potato chip. Spread the chocolate evenly across with a rubber spatula-- again, no need to be careful. It's ok if chips get crushed, or the chocolate mixes with the caramel.
  11. Crush and sprinkle the remaining cup of chips over top of the chocolate. Serve immediately for completely warm, ooey, gooey, and very messy brownies. Or let cool completely to allow the chocolate and caramel to firm up-- which is a little less messy to serve.

 

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195 thoughts on “Chocolate Caramel Covered Potato Chip Brownies: the Perfect Picnic Pairing with Kettle Brand Chips”

  1. My God in Heaven! I want to use one of these brownies as a pillow! The combination sounds and looks stunningly amazing.

    As for what I always pack for a picnic – Some sort of sandwich and some sort of chip. It’s the easiest thing to handle when eating outdoors for us.

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  2. These look AMAZING! I love potato chips with something sweet, such a great balance. I can’t wait to convert these to a gluten-free recipe that I can enjoy!

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  3. I would have never thought of putting potato chips and chocolate together, but I think it does make sense as we have salted caramel, and salt is added to cocoa to make it taste sweeter (or so I’ve heard!)

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  4. I always have frozen grapes in my picnic basket! We normally picnic on the beach, and the frozen grapes are like a healthy dessert!

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  5. I would make these for my picnic basket. I’m not sure they would last that long from the oven to a picnic though! i would include cold fried chicken and baked beans for my picnic. With your brownies, I would sleep the afternoon away!

    Thanks for sharing these.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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  6. Kettle Chips are my favorite! I love how crispy they are and aren’t loaded with grease. These brownies look amaze! So creative! I’d need to run around the yard after eating a few of these because I’d have to eat more than 1. 🙂

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  7. In my picnic basket is cheese, crackers, red wine, kettle chips (honey Dijon is my fave) and nuts and chocolate
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  8. Yeah, these look totally fabulous. I would definitely want to include these in my picnic basket along with yummy sandwiches and some lemonade! And let’s not forget some napkins to go with these brownies 🙂

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  9. I would have sparkling water, potato salad, french bread, cheese, chocolate chip cookies, deli meats.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  10. That recipe sounds amazing….love the sweet and salty combo.
    I always include something sweet (like summer fruit) and something salty (like chips), cheese, bread, and wine in my picnic basket.

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  11. On picnics with the kids, there are always PB&J’s, chips, fruit and soda 🙂 Then we add other stuff based on what we have or what’s on sale 🙂

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  12. I would include fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, and kettle chips, of course!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  13. Fried Chicken, iced tea, potato salad cole slaw and something sweet for desert is what goes in my picnic basket.

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  14. Making these now and so far, they look amazing! I’m waiting for them to cool so I can continue on with the process. Can’t wait to dig in!

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  15. I like to include fresh fruit (cantaloupe, grapes, watermelon) along with deli meat and cheese for sandwiches.

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  16. These look amazing! Sweet/salty is a win. Picnics must have chips and grapes or watermelon or both. Grapes and watermelon travel well and help with thirst and as a treat.

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  17. My son is a fruit-a-holic, so fresh fruit is a must in addition to hummus, whole grain pita chips, cheese, nuts, and some turkey.
    ashaldridge at gmail dot com

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  18. From now on, we’re going to take Chocolate Caramel Covered Potato Chip Brownies in our picnic basket…never mind whatever came before that! 😉 Really, these look amazing!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  19. oh my! the brownies look absolutely delicious.
    For a picnic a would bring some ice cold lemonade and some pbj sandwiches!!

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  20. You really expect me to comment on what I include in my picnic basket after looking at your brownies?? Geez, all I want are these now!

    Okay, here it goes, I include pb&j sandwiches, the kids still love them and I like keeping it simple. I also pack chips, fruit and drinks.

    Now I am off to pin your brownies and make them ASAP!

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  21. I have a huge picnic basket and it’s always filled to the top every single time. I always, put sandwiches, chips, fruit, napkins, spoon and forks, ice tea and juice, sometimes cracker as well. hm…no wonder my kids love going to picnic all the time! It’s such a feast!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  22. I never leave for a picnic without my deli salad…. I found this recipe out of my taste of home magazine and it’s become a favorite in my house!

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  23. I’m thinking cold grilled chicken, fresh baked bread, cheese from farmers market and something cold to drink.

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  24. I would have sandwiches, hummus, fresh fruit especially pinapple its my familys favorite and sweet tea./water

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  25. We always have sandwiches, fresh fruit, corn on the cob and chips in our picnic basket.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  26. I always make hummus for our picnics. It tastes great and it good for you too. I make a basic recipe then add jalapenos and roasted pasilla and bell peppers. Yum!

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  27. We love kettle chips and hubby would make sure it was one of the first things put in the basket! Along with some bottled water and apples!

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  28. I just may have to include these brownies. lol We usually like to pack easy snack things like chips, sandwhiches, grapes, cookies and drinks. thank you!

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  29. My family is all about sandwiches so that’s usually what goes in our picnic basket. Fruit juice and plenty of water too!

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  30. One of my family’s favorite foods inside my picnic basket is Chicken and Slaw wraps! They are so easy to make epecially if you use rotisserie chickens. Mix the chicken with some coleslaw, ranch dressing and sweet pickle relish, place on a wrap and roll it. your family will love it!

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  31. After looking at these, I can’t even remember what I USED to put in my basket…I think it was fresh fruit or something 😉

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