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trick or treat trail mix

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Kelly Wittman
Avon Lake, OH

Favorite of my kids. I only make it once a year in October to keep it special. Everybody who tries it always asks for the recipe. ENJOY!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is a great snack mix for Halloween, or anytime really! It has the perfect balance of salty and sweet. The coating on the peanuts is similar to caramel corn coating. Candy corn and fall-colored M&M's make this festive and even yummier. The peanuts and peanut butter Ritz bits make this a little different than other snack mix recipes. You can make this and add any seasonal candies you'd like if you want to serve beyond Halloween. It's very addictive.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For trick or treat trail mix

  • 1 bag md
    pretzels, 16 oz.
  • 1 can
    dry roasted peanuts, 12 oz.
  • 1 box
    mini peanut butter Ritz Bits, 8.5 oz.
  • 1 stick
    real unsalted butter
  • 1 c
    light Karo syrup
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 pkg
    autumn colors M&M's
  • 1 pkg
    candy corn

How To Make trick or treat trail mix

  • Pretzels, peanuts, and peanut butter Ritz on a greased cookie sheet.
    On a greased cookie sheet, spread out pretzels, peanuts, and peanut butter Ritz.
  • Heating butter, syrup, and sugar in a saucepan.
    Melt butter, syrup, and sugar on stovetop. With a candy thermometer, heat until 250 degrees.
  • Mixture foaming after adding vanilla and baking soda.
    Quickly add vanilla and baking soda. It will foam.
  • Butter mixture poured over pretzel, peanut, and cracker mixture.
    Pour sugar mixture over pretzel, peanut, and cracker mixture.
  • Snack mix baking in the oven.
    Place in the oven at 250 degrees for 55-60 minutes.
  • Breaking apart the mixture once it's baked.
    Remove to wax paper sprayed with non-stick spray and break apart. Will harden quickly, so move as fast as you can to break up clumps.
  • M&M's and candy corn added to the snack mix.
    When cooled, add to a large bowl. Add candy corn and M&Ms... enjoy!