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Pumpkin Snack Mix

 Pumpkin Snack Mix
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
28 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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