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Harvest Snack Mix Recipe

Harvest Snack Mix Recipe

Candy corn makes this natural snack for fall gatherings. The sweet and salty flavors are irresistible. —Marlene Harguth, Maynard, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup chocolate bridge mix


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, nuts and sunflower kernels. Combine the butter, cinnamon and cloves. Drizzle a third of butter mixture over pretzel mixture; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 300° for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Place popcorn in a large bowl; drizzle with remaining butter mixture and toss to coat. Stir into pretzel mixture. Bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Cool; transfer to a large bowl. Add candy corn and bridge mix; toss to combine. Yield: 3 quarts.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 260 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 263mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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MichaelVyskocil User ID: 7169821 142120
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"This is an excellent way to use up candy corn. I omitted the sunflower kernels when making this, but it still tasted delicious."

omnijen User ID: 6475476 90802
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"This is so good - I love making it all year!"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 70340
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013


jmziegler User ID: 6136075 79292
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"I brought this mix to our office Halloween pot luck and everyone enjoyed it. A nice mix of salt and sweet. I might try replacing the chocolate with M&M's next time."

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 88195
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"There were too many unrelated ingredients that didn't go well together. More like a bowl full leftover snacks from your pantry."

cookin4eight User ID: 2055552 90801
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"I'm surprised at the negative reviews. This recipe lends itself easily to tweaking according to your taste. We subbed corn chex for the pretzels and liked it better. It's a yummy change from what you expect. I forgot to butter the popcorn and it was fine. I do think it needs to be eaten within the day. Ideal for a party where many would be indulging."

TerryLS User ID: 2190248 158428
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"A very tasty snack. I would cut down on the candycorn."

mommyfor5 User ID: 4154560 138348
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"How can this be a 2010 top 100? The rating is low and the make again percertage is very low. Thought I would give it a try, but I will not make again."

bigthree User ID: 3122876 207934
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"I made this mix to take to our church harvest party. It was a big hit. There was a little left, and since it is just me and my husband, I sent the leftover home with a family that has two teenage boys who loved the mix. I did get my empty bowl back."

LoveToMunch User ID: 5612442 87993
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"I eliminated cloves and used M&Ms instead of bridge mix. The mix was devoured!"

amishguy User ID: 2183549 139631
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I'm so sorry, but in a word this recipe was YUCK!!! I decided to try it the other night for a family movie night and thankfully I only made 1/2 the batch because my family didn't like it one bit. I agree with one reviewer who stated that popcorn doesn't belong in a mix like this. The kernels didn't stay crisp. There was just too much going on in this recipe...the bridge mix, the spices and the sunflower kernels. Not a great combination."

joannsimmons User ID: 2496335 70334
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"Already made 3 batches of this stuff - the kids love it and my popcorn was not ruined by the candies...What a fun mix!!"

Ethylene User ID: 4510645 63847
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"The ingredients, besides the popcorn,

tend to make the popcorn stale."

Roy1949 User ID: 5111533 159068
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"This looked so much better than it tasted. The best review came from the Cub Scouts for whom it was made...they only picked out the candies! Popcorn just doesn't work in a snack mix; it does not maintain it's crunch and the spices make it "kid-unfriendly". Yuck."

Phill User ID: 55521 138346
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"This is a great snack. I did leave out the cloves as I don't care for the taste and changed the bridge mix for plain M & M's. I will make this again."

thomasharvey User ID: 3160039 138345
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"Have not made it yet, but think I will."

cookandbaker User ID: 240219 155614
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"Thanks for the info!"

Muria User ID: 1794922 90800
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"Bridge mix is chocolate coated nuts, and fruit, and apparently some other things: 

 I think you could substitute pretty much any chocolate candy with reasonable success. After all, the people you'd be serving it to don't know it's supposed to have bridge mix in it.  I was personally thinking of substituting some variety of M&m's, actually."

cookandbaker User ID: 240219 90799
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"What is chocolate bridge mix?"

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