Pumpkin Snack Mix Recipe
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Pumpkin Snack Mix Recipe

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This yummy mix is so munchable, a bowl of it never lasts long. Feel free to use candy corn instead of the candy pumpkins—or a mix of both—if desired. —Shirley Engstrom, Genoa, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 3 quarts popped popcorn
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 4 cups Corn or Rice Chex
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (16 ounces) candy pumpkins

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 216 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large greased roasting pan, combine the popcorn, cereal and peanuts. In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup and butter; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; quickly stir in vanilla and baking soda until mixture is light and foamy.
  2. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; toss to coat. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Stir in candy pumpkins. Cool completely. Yield: about 5-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Pumpkin Snack Mix in Taste of Home Halloween Food & Fun Annual 2007, p15

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 238341
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"I brought this treat to our Thanksgiving celebration and everyone thought it was great! (As a matter of fact, my nephew immediately requested it for Christmas!) Although the combination of ingredients sounded amazing, I did substitute puff corn for the pop corn, which is my grandson's favorite. I also used my mom's recipe for the caramel portion, since I love the texture and taste of her recipe. (1 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. light corn syrup, and 1/2 c. butter; boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Mom only bakes her caramel corn for 45 min. instead of an hour. As you can see, her recipe is similar to this one, but not quite the same!) I will definitely be making this snack mix again!"

badgerdoglover User ID: 5443086 236972
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Made this for Halloween. My family loved it."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 235552
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"Not that favorable .The courtside caramel popcorn recipe on this site is much better."

Tammy1965Johnson User ID: 8063465 169178
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"I made this for a childrens Halloween party and the adults ate it so fast the kids di get to try it. Just pulled another batch out of the oven ."

lisaivan User ID: 1819207 169177
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"This is very good! So good that I can't seem to stop taste testing! Very easy too, just a little time consumimg with the every 15min stirring for an hour, but well worth the effort! Yum!"

chasingjesica79 User ID: 8027630 169157
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"My family and coworkers love it."

DJ2Fan User ID: 6713910 209431
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"This was very easy to make and turned out delicious! I switched the candy pumpkins for candy corn and left out the peanuts. Also had help in the kitchen from a 7-year old who really enjoyed measuring out the cereal, so it is fun to make with kids!"

Karen Crofford User ID: 1507480 99678
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"sounds great and easy to make, will make for Spooky Crazy Bunco this weekend."

KraftyKitchenKitty87 User ID: 7449262 99669
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"@cporzio you could try pretzel nuggets, oyster crackers, or mini hard breadsticks. I can't wait to try this!!"

SWEETENR User ID: 5225609 170681
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"This is so much fun to make! My family and I enjoy it very much!"

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