Instead of the standards found in typical seven-layer bars, swap in some unexpected salty ingredients for the perfect balance of flavor all in one scrumptious little square. This recipe for Dude Food Magic Bars uses crushed pretzels for the crust, then layers crisp bacon crumbles, dark chocolate, peanut butter chips and crushed potato chips. Pour a creamy, salted caramel sauce over the layers and bake the bars until golden brown and bubbly. If you can stand the suspense, wait until the bars are cool, cut into squares, and then top them off with a sprinkle of crushed potato chips for a crunchy, salty finish. And don’t be shy — you can get creative with other ingredients like nuts or a pinch of cayenne pepper for a customized version of this decadent and dude-a-licious dessert.
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