This Cake Proves Sweet and Salty Do Belong Together

Here’s how to have your cake, and eat potato chips, too!

If you've ever had a hankering for snack food but couldn't decide between chips or cookies, you're not alone. We've all been there. And if you're anything like us, you probably end up choosing both the sweet and the savory option. However, there are some people that fall strictly into the salty or sweet category.

While me and my dad prefer sweeter treats like chocolate, pudding cups and packaged cookies, my mom and sister can’t resist anything with the word “salty” printed across the front of it. So, naturally, whenever my family stocks up on snacks, we end up with way more than we actually need. Unfortunately, this means we end up with stale potato chips and freezer-burnt ice cream because we can't eat everything we buy. But I'm determined to change that.

When I found myself thumbing through the March 2020 issue of Food Network Magazine a few weeks ago, my eyes landed on the recipe for Food Network Kitchen’s Sweet-and-Salty Snack-Food Cake and I knew I found a crowd-pleasing snack for my whole family. An entire layer cake made up of crushed potato chips, chopped peanuts, shredded coconut flakes, melted chocolate and crumbled up oatmeal cookies — it was a sweet and salty miracle!

Now, if you’re thinking that this cake sounds a bit over-the-top, you're not wrong. But that’s exactly the point! Not only is it absolutely delicious, you can easily customize the crumble portion of the recipe to meet your own personal sweet and salty desires — I’m talking to you white chocolate and pretzel lovers! Plus, it's a great way to repurpose snacks you may have gotten tired of eating, but don’t want to throw away.

So, whether you’re trying to find a happy medium like my family and I are, or you’re just looking for a way to use up those broken potato chip pieces at the very bottom of the bag, this cake is sure to satisfy all your cravings with just one bite. Because, honestly, when it comes to snacks, why not enjoy the best of both worlds?!

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