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Pumpkin Snack Mix Recipe

Pumpkin Snack Mix Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Pumpkin Snack Mix

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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!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

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

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

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

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 ."

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"My family and coworkers love it."

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

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

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

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

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

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

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"I changed to peanuts to unsalted pretzels. That way it is safe to send to school..."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"It was a quick recipe to make and so delicious"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"everyone that tried it, loved it. I had to change it somewhat. I ran out of corn syrup so I substituted 1/2 of it with honey. Wow!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Sounds really good but my son isn't able to have popcorn because he has crohn's disease. Could you suggest a substitute just for the popcorn?"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"Easy to make and gets many compliments!"

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