Texas Brittle

Around here we watch quite a bit of Food Network. My son loves science and history (and, of course, food), so he loves watching Good Eats with Alton Brown. My daughter likes to watch Paula Dean and Rachel Ray, especially if they’re cooking chicken.

The other night we were watching the new series “Kid in a Candy Store” and they featured something called Texas Brittle. Texas Brittle? What the heck could that be?

Well, it’s simple. It’s pretzel sticks, corn chips, and pecans covered in milk chocolate.

Um, I’m sorry, but corn chips? Covered in chocolate? Surely that tastes horrible, I thought.

I immediately sent my husband to the store for some corn chips and milk chocolate. I had to know if this stuff really was as good as they made it sound. I needed to know if I could now count corn chips as both a chili topper and a dessert. I just had to have it, is all.

I am happy to say that yes, you really can pour chocolate over just about anything and it will taste good. I’m not sure why I ever doubted that theory to begin with.

Texas Brittle

  • pretzel sticks, a few handfuls
  • corn chips, a few handfuls
  • chopped pecans, a bunch
  • milk chocolate, about 4 ounces

Grab a 9×13 cookie sheet and spread the pretzel sticks in a single layer. Top with the corn chips. Melt the chocolate (I used a microwave, but you could also use a double boiler) and drizzle it over the top of the pretzels and corn chips. Sprinkle on the pecans. Place the whole shebang in the freezer until the chocolate has hardened. Break into chunks and enjoy!

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34 Responses to “Texas Brittle”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet July 30, 2010 @ 11:39 am (#
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    I wish you could make me some of this right now. I’m going on vacation and I need some!

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  2. Joanne July 30, 2010 @ 11:46 am (#
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    I felt similarly when I tried a compost cookie from Momofuku the other day. Potato chips, I thought? Why do I question these geniuses.

    This looks delicious!

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  3. Kristin July 30, 2010 @ 12:21 pm (#
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    I LOVE kid in a candy store and didn’t see this episode – looks great thanks for posting it!!!

    http://sweetjumbles.wordpress.com/

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  4. Michelle July 30, 2010 @ 1:13 pm (#
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    I love FN too and I saw Kid in a Candy Store the other day but it was a different episode. I’m sorry I missed the one that showcased this candy cause it’s awesome. I’m glad you shared and you can betcha I’m gonna be making this.

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  5. Ashley July 30, 2010 @ 1:48 pm (#
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    Wow this sounds so strange but I also really want to try it!!

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  6. DessertForTwo July 30, 2010 @ 2:08 pm (#
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    Have you ever heard of Texas Trash? That’s a good’n too! Glad ya liked Texas brittle :)

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  7. MamaBug July 30, 2010 @ 7:54 pm (#
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    This looks fan-freakin’-tastic!
    I have huge geek love for Alton. Thanks for sharing the Texas yumminess.

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  8. grace July 31, 2010 @ 2:07 am (#
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    i’ve never heard of texas brittle, but as a fan of the sweet-salty combination, i’m already smitten. good ol’ food network. :)

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  9. The Blue-Eyed Bakers August 1, 2010 @ 6:54 am (#
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    Oh my fritos…we want. We want now!

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  10. Erin @ Making Memories August 1, 2010 @ 8:42 pm (#
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    Who ever thought up covering fritos with chocolate??? But they are a flippin’ genius! This sounds totally weird but super yummy. I can’t wait to try it!

    http://www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  11. Duchess of Fork August 2, 2010 @ 6:03 pm (#
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    This looks awesome!! I’m all about sweet and salty.

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  12. Barb August 3, 2010 @ 10:01 am (#
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    I make something similar at Christmas time – we’ve named it Chocoately Frito Goodness. It is a little more complicated with a brown sugar, caramel type concoction in it.

    It is tasty, though!

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  13. Terri A. August 3, 2010 @ 10:53 am (#
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    Who da thunk? But, wow that looks good!

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  14. BethieofVA August 4, 2010 @ 8:19 pm (#
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    I might have to make some Texas brittle here in Virginia!

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  15. Erica Lea August 5, 2010 @ 1:27 pm (#
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    Oh. My. Goodness. This looks…wow…good. Salty & sweet. Though I would use dark chocolate. :)

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  16. Rachel ~ Southern Fairytale August 5, 2010 @ 7:55 pm (#
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    we’ve been making this for years ;-)

    try adding some butterscotch chips ;-) You can thank me later

    xoox

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  17. shelly (cookies and cups) August 9, 2010 @ 5:06 pm (#
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    must stop what i am doing asap and cover fritos with chocolate. thank you for making my night!

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  18. Amanda August 9, 2010 @ 10:10 pm (#
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    I have to admit, I thought ewww chocolate and Fritos. But I made this and OMG this is so terrific!!! Thank You for sharing this new to me and interestingly wonderful salty and sweet treat!!!

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  19. america September 28, 2010 @ 10:52 am (#
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    This is why America is fat

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  20. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) December 29, 2010 @ 9:45 am (#
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    Oh my gosh! Fritos and chocolate together sound absolutely amazing! This would be perfect for Super Bowl Sunday! :)

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  21. AtOneWithHim January 2, 2011 @ 8:50 pm (#
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    Oh America.. you big fat silly.

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    Maggie Reply:

    What a horrible thing to say! Shame on you!

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    atonewithhim Reply:

    @Maggie, seriously? horrible and shameful? a little overboard but hey you gave me a giggle. have a nice thanksgiving.

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  22. Angie January 18, 2011 @ 12:52 am (#
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    Love this recipe!

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  23. squirrel February 7, 2011 @ 1:03 pm (#
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    Is it deep fried? It’s not Texan if it isn’t deep fried.

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  24. Amy March 21, 2011 @ 7:33 am (#
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    I made these a while back and forgot to tell you. It did not last long, that’s for sure. We were practically licking the cookie sheet. Full post at http://alittlenosh.blogspot.com/2010/08/texas-brittle.html

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  25. Karli February 3, 2013 @ 10:36 am (#
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    To appease those that don’t like pecans, I left out pecans, added honey flavored chex mix (sweet against salty) did chocolate and white chocolate topping. AMAZING! Original was awesome too!!

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  26. LaurieS November 19, 2013 @ 5:15 pm (#
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    Chocolate covered lobster!!!!

    This recipe looks awesome can’t wait to try it!

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  28. Eunice May 9, 2014 @ 1:08 pm (#
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    The 4oz of chocolate is that Chocolate chips?? If not can you use chocolate chips??

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    Karly Reply:

    @Eunice,

    Chocolate chips would work fine.

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  29. melanie September 13, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#
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    Can you use mustard flavor pretzels?

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    Karly Reply:

    @melanie,

    You can if you like the flavor of mustard with your chocolate.

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