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Sweet and Salty Popcorn

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
    about 5-1/2 quarts

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 corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

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

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  • Sager
    Apr 15, 2012

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

  • spidersbite999
    Jan 14, 2010

    My nephews loved them! ;=)

  • tkarinas
    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.