Sweet and Salty Popcorn Recipe
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Sweet and Salty Popcorn Recipe

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For a big crunch that kids will love, try this munchable snack mix from Shirley Engstrom of Genoa, Nebraska. A light sweet coating makes this combination of popcorn, crispy cereal and salty peanuts hard to resist.
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 corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 184 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large greased roasting pan, combine the popcorn, cereal and peanuts. In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat; quickly stir in vanilla and baking soda until mixture is light and foamy. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; mix well. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely. Yield: about 5-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Popcorn Snack Mix in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p55

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Sager User ID: 2995972 42651
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"I added 1/2 c. of creamy peanut butter. We liked the altered version just as much as the original."

spidersbite999 User ID: 1519965 70565
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"My nephews loved them! ;=)"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 70564
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"This mix is delicious and fun to make. My family loves it and is more than willing to make it many more times. This is a recipe we'll be keeping."

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