Salt and caramel. They go together like chocolate and hazelnut, our childhood favorite peanut butter and jelly, bacon, lettuce and tomato… you get the idea. It’s amazing how just a tiny sprinkle of the crystals can transform the usual, sweet caramels into well-balanced treats. We highly recommend that you add these 20 salted caramel recipes to your list of salty-sweet desserts to make!

1. Salted Caramel Rice Crispy Treats: Upgrade the classic, marshmallow-y after school snack with a touch of caramel and sea salt. Oh yes, and a spoonful of peanut butter — sounds pretty darn good, right? (via Little Figgy)

2. Dark Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream With Toffee and Salted Caramel: A drizzle of salted caramel holds its own against a scoop of rich chocolate and coffee-flavored ice cream. Go ahead and make ice cream sandwiches using donuts to hold it all together, and see who can resist its charms. (via Curly Girl Kitchen)

3. Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies: No question, these blondies are definitely meant for fall baking. (via Yummy Crumble)

4. Salted Caramel Mocha Nutella Brownies: Have mercy! These ooey gooey brownies almost have too much good stuff going for them. (via Half Baked Harvest)

5. Salted Caramel Cheesecake: Pack these jarred cheesecakes in your lunchbox or next picnic basket, or simply have them at the ready in your fridge for some late-night snacking. (via Brit + Co)

6. Homemade Salted Caramel Corn: Popcorn with a sweet-salty flavor combo is the way to go to keep things balanced. (via Buttered Side Up)

7. Apple Cinnamon Pretzel Bites: All-too-tempting on their own, apple and cinnamon-sugar pretzels become absolutely irresistible when dipped in salted caramel sauce. (via Yammie’s Noshery)

8. Frozen Hot Chocolate: A pump of salted caramel syrup adds just a slight sweet-savory undertone to this chilly sip. (via Handmade Mood)

9. Peanut Macaron With Salted Caramel and Banana Filling: Four tasty flavors are packed into each of these petite macarons. Yum! (via Thank God I Bake)

10. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Donuts: Stuffed with peanut butter cheesecake and drizzled with a bourbon-spiked chocolate caramel sauce, donuts like these go way beyond those at the local bakery. (via Half Baked Harvest)

11. Salted Caramel Peanut Pie: Hit pay dirt with these Payday-esque petite pies. (via Hungry Couple)

12. Birthday Sundaes: These sundaes are certainly special enough for birthday celebrations, but you definitely don’t have to wait for someone’s b-day to scoop ’em up. (via Glazed and Confused)

13. Banana Choco Hazelnut Cake: Banana bread-esque cake layers plus Nutella buttercream AND salted caramel makes this one lustworthy creation. (via The Cake Blog)

14. Apple Chips With Salted Caramel: Chips and dip go sweet and just a touch salty with this tasty combo. (via Our Life Tastes Good)

15. Salted Caramel Bourbon Milkshake: Ice cream, booze, caramel and touch of salt make this a shake to enjoy sparingly, but it’s easy to savor every sip. (via Brit + Co)

16. Salted Caramel Oatmeal: Move over maple and brown sugar, waking up to caramel-drizzled, chocolatey oatmeal is the new thing to do. (via The Almond Eater)

17. Salted Caramel Bacon Bark (Paleo): We’re kinda hoping someone will gift us with a box of this homemade chocolate bark. (via Civilized Caveman Cooking)

18. Salted Caramel Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches (Vegan): Good to the last drop, you’ll want to lick every speck of these fudge cookie ice cream sandos right off your fingers. (via My Darling Vegan)

19. Salted Caramel Glazed Maple Bacon Cake Pops: These pops sure do sound rich, but a few ingredient swaps make each one clock in at about 80 calories. It’s a good thing, since it’s hard to stop at just one. (via Ruled.Me)

20. Brioche French Toast: Talk about a (literally) sweet breakfast sandwich! (via Citrus and Candy)

Do you enjoy salted caramel, or is the straight-up sweet stuff more your thing? Let’s talk it out below!