Fall Snack Mix
I know it's a little early for fall recipes, but this one is so perfect for back to school week and Sam actually requested it. It makes a ton, and definitely lasts all week. Rich had a co-worker over one time and I had a bowl of this sitting out. He started to taste it, and just kept going back for more handfuls. By the end of the night, he wanted the recipe. It's a big hit with the guys apparently! It's super addicting, so consider that a warning!
Fall Snack Mix
1 box of peanut butter Ritz
1 bag of mini-pretzels, any preferred shape
1 large jar of roasted peanuts (really you can use any nut variety you prefer)
1 bag of m&ms
1 bag of candy corn
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. butter
2 T. vanilla extract
1 t. baking soda
1 c. sugar
In a very large, sprayed roasting pan, mix together the pretzels, crackers, and peanuts:
In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, butter and corn syrup. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the heat and add the baking soda and vanilla. Pour the hot mixture over the pretzel mix and stir to coat everything:
Heat in a 250 degree oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 15. Pour contents onto wax paper immediately upon removal from oven. Let it cool for just a few minutes, and then start breaking apart the pieces that are stuck together (leave some of the gooey peanuts stuck together because that's the best part!)
Let it cool completely. Put into containers (I usually fill two ice cream buckets full) and add in the m&ms and candy corn (don't add until the mix is cooled). Mix together with your hands. Keep in an airtight container for several days!
Of course you can always put your own add-ins in this mix and change up the candy colors for different seasons.
I have two more days left of my summer vacation. I'm going to plan something special for Sam and I to do together on Thursday. A mother/son day...I'm not quite sure what yet, but he gets pretty excited over most anything adventurous, so I'll have to come up with something good! Then it's the start of another busy school year schedule...I can't wait!