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
You'll need:

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!


Sheri said...

Oh, this will be a huge hit at work. That's if I decide to share.

I hope you and Sam have a great time together.

I bet you are excited to see your kids and they to see you.

alice said...

another recipe that I will try. My daughter would love to have this on hand I'm sure. Keep those fall recipes coming, I love it! I'm ingnoring the heat today and making stew for dinner.
Enjoy your last few days of vacation.

Jenny said...

I did a search for snack mix and came upon this. It looks fantastic!

Brandy said...

My goodness, that looks awesome!! Putting this one in my recipe book as well! :)

Kathy said...

Ooops, I am in trouble with this mix! I will be making this and shipping (most of it) to my college kids. I am looking forward to your fall recipes.

Allie said...

This looks easy enough for me. It's not too early for fall recipes at all! Bring them on woman!

Sonya said...

Yum oh! that looks great:)

Maria said...

This looks like a great mix to snack on! I can't wait to make it for fall football games!

My home - My life said...

Its never to early for a fall snack in my opinion! Looks great!

Patsyk said...

I can see how this would be an addictive snack! Yum!

Chai on the Fly said...

Really, you are going to make me look so good to my family and friends. They're going to think I'm such a creative cook in the kitchen! They may start believing that I actually know what I'm doing in the kitchen!

Kari :)

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

Yes, I will definitely do a photo tour once she is finished with all the renovations. :) Your snack mix looks good!!

KraftyKerilou said...

THis looks so good! Another one for me to try! Thanks!

Chris said...

I'm so behind on my blog reading that I just keep pushing print, print, print! Every recipe looks spectacular!!

Loquacious said...

Ih this looks GOOOD! Perfect for my kids, my gaming group and for school lunches. Thank you!

Millie said...

Gold Star Award here Tanya! MOTH's middle name is Munchie, so he'll love this!
Millie ^_^

Last Word said...

I'm looking for an easy recipe to make in a large quantity for an upcoming event. This might be it! Thanks.

Kristen B said...

This might be the most delicious thing I've ever tasted. Wow. I think I might make up a giant batch of this and give it out as Christmas presents! Thanks for my new favorite recipe!!!