Crunchy Caramel Corn Snack Mix

03.29.2017

Here we have the most addictive snack known to mankind! Seriously once you start eating the Caramel Corn Snack Mix you won’t know when to stop! In other words don’t say I didn’t warn you. This is probably my favorite caramel popcorn recipe to date and I’ve made my fair share of caramel popcorn. What makes this one so special? It’s not just caramel popcorn, it’s caramel – popcorn, crisp rice cereal, salty pretzels and crunchy pecans. It’s caramel popcorn with the works and your going to love it!

Crunchy Caramel Corn Snack Mix

Caramel Corn Snack Mix

If your family are basketball fans then this is most definitely the perfect treat to make to munch on during the game, no other snacks will matter. And for me I’m already planning on making it again for an upcoming road trip.

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Everyone of us absolutely loved this caramel popcorn! And I loved how easy it was to make. You just boil together a few ingredients then toss it over the mix of popcorn, cereal, pretzels and pecans and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes. It’s probably a bad thing it’s so easy to make because it’s just so dangerously good!

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For this recipe I used pecans. They’re a healthy snack or a great addition to your favorite baking and dinner recipes. They are even delicious in chicken salad too. Now what are you waiting for?? Head to the store if you don’t already have the ingredients for this recipe and get cookin!

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Crunchy Caramel Corn Snack Mix

This addictive snack is perfect for parties or gifting! It's easy to make and always a crowd favorite! No one can resist this sweet and salty, crunchy, caramel snack blend.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Corn, Snack Mix
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 397 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 7 cups popped plain popcorn*
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal, such as Chex
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 1 1/2 cups Fisher Pecan Halves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
  2. Add popped popcorn, rice cereal, pretzels and pecans to an extra large mixing bowl, set aside.

  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add in brown sugar and corn syrup and bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly. 
  4. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to boil, without stirring, for 4 - 5 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat, whisk in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will bubble up and foam). Immediately pour mixture over popcorn and quickly but gently toss to evenly coat. 
  6. Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes then remove from oven and toss mixture then spread into an even layer. 
  7. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let cool then break into bite size pieces.

Recipe Notes

  1. *Don't use flavored, buttered or salted popcorn. Remove any un-popped kernels after popping.
  2. Recipe source: adapted from Pampered Chef
Nutrition Facts
Crunchy Caramel Corn Snack Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Potassium 228mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 31g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 10.1%
Vitamin C 4.2%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 24.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

8 comments

  • Vaunda Fyfe: Does sweet chex mix need to be baked in the oven, as it is now it would be very sticky. Don’t want to ruin this batch I made. Can you please answer via e-mail. Thank you. November 23, 2018 at 10:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The sweet chex mix is actually intended to be an sticky mix. If you were to bake it it might help a stiffen it up a little but the sugar mixture might just spread across the baking sheet, can’t say for sure without testing sorry! November 25, 2018 at 9:56pm Reply

  • Joanne Merrill: I made this recipe this past week-end and it was excellent, and lasted about an hour. I even doubled the recipe knowing it would disappear. I gave some to my neighbors and family, including the recipe. Thanks Jaclyn, for all the great recipes! April 3, 2017 at 7:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for reporting back Joanne – glad you loved it! April 18, 2017 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Paige: This looks incredible! I need this in my life.

    Paige March 30, 2017 at 12:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Paige! April 18, 2017 at 1:25pm Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: Yum! This would last about an hour in my house! March 30, 2017 at 4:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sara! That’s about how long it lasted here as well! :) March 30, 2017 at 9:46am Reply

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