Crunchy Caramel Snack Mix
"This recipe is a sure-fire hit with all ages," relates Lauren Biggs of Suwanee, Georgia. "The popcorn-and-nut combination is great for packaging in sandwich bags and selling at bake sales."
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
- 6 cups popped popcorn
- 3 cups Crispix
- 2 cups Cheerios
- 1-1/4 cups pecan halves
- 1-1/4 cups dry-roasted peanuts
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- In a greased roasting pan, combine the popcorn, cereals and nuts. In a large saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil. Boil until a candy thermometer reads 250° (hard-ball stage), about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat; immediately stir in vanilla and baking soda. Drizzle over popcorn mixture; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Store in airtight containers.
Editor's NoteWe recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 395 calories, 25g fat (7g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 387mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.
Originally published as Crunchy Caramel Snack Mix in Quick Cooking March/April 2004
Jan 3, 2011
My family loves this recipe. I rarely add the popcorn and just use a mixed nut mixture rather than the different type of nuts. We quite often take it on road trips as a snack. Very easy to make and it is delicious.