Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sweet N Salty Caramel Snack Mix

A perfect snack mix for the holidays!  I made a double batch and threw in whatever I felt like at the time, the sweet and the salty with the caramel makes an addicting combo. 

4 cups popped popcorn ( I popped my own 1/3 c. popcorn kernals and no oil in a large pot over the stove, it made a little more than 4 cups which I went ahead and used)
3 cups bugels
1 c. pretzels
1 c. salted nuts (mixed or other like pecans), I have seen this done with pumpkin seeds
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. corn syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. m&m's any variety, I like the peanut butter ones, I also threw in some whoppers which we loved! or you could throw in candy corn or anything else for the season

you can add or take away from this recipe, instead of popcorn you could use, chex cereal or crispix, goldfish crackers,  you could also add craisins, chocolate or yogurt flavored raisins, sky is the limit!

Heat oven to 200.  Line Baking Sheet with aluminum foil.  Place popcorn, and remaining snacks except for candy in a large bowl.  Combine brown sugar, butter, and syrup in large saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is bubbly around edges (4-5 minutes).  Continue cooking 5 minutes without stirring.  Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla, mixture will foam up a little.  Pour syrup over popcorn mixture; toss gently until coated.  Place on baking sheet and bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool, add candy pieces and store in airtight container.


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