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Sweet & Salty Party Mix

My husband doesn't like traditional party mixes because he thinks they’re too salty or sweet. He calls this one his favorite—it’s just right. —Jackie Burns, Kettle Falls, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 3 cups each Corn Chex, Rice Chex and Wheat Chex
  • 3 cups miniature pretzels
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  • Place cereal, pretzels, cranberries and almonds in a greased 6-qt. slow cooker; toss to combine. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Drizzle over cereal mixture and toss to coat.
  • Cook, covered, on low 1 hour, stirring halfway through cooking. Spread onto waxed paper; cool completely. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 288 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 363mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • pdjones
    Mar 28, 2015

    I hate to rate a recipe low, but this was near impossible to mix up in a 6 qt crock pot. I did the best I could and stirred halfway but there was no mixing it very well. I think in an oven on a bigger pan would work much better. I have a similar recipe that I have used that is much easier to make. It is so very sticky when the liquid "hits" the mixture and that makes it hard to stir as well. Sorry.

  • delowenstein
    Feb 1, 2015

    I don't have a slow cooker, so I used my oven and baked the snack mix for 1 hour, stirring frequently-about every 10 to 15 minutes at a 250o F. oven temperature. I just used Corn Chex and Rice Chex and 1 cup of Cheerios cereal. I used 4 cups of pretzel sticks and 1 cup EACH mixed nuts and peanuts and 1 cup sliced almonds. I didn't have dried cranberries! I made the brown sugar/butter mixture and cooked just 5 minutes (including the baking soda). I'd used a large steamer pan to bake the snack mix in. I did have to really stir the snack mix to make sure that it got coated! Rather than spread out the snack mix on waxed paper, I cooled the mix in the baking pan. I then placed in gallon-sized ziplocked food storage bags. I sampled this mix and I found it to be delicious-really crunchy and tasty! I could have really filled up on this party mix! delowenstein