Halloween Party Mix

"My kids are "freaky" over this."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins
16 cups


  • 1 (11 ounce) package pretzels
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) package miniature peanut butter filled butter flavor crackers (I use Ritz)
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
  • 12 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (10 ounce) package M&M's
  • 1 (18 1/2 ounce) package candy corn


  • In a large bowl, combine first 3 ingredients.
  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter and corn syrup.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will foam).
  • Pour over pretzel mixture and stir until coated.
  • Pour into a greased 15x10 inch baking pan.
  • Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Break apart while warm.
  • Cool completely.
  • Toss with M&M's and candy corn.
  • Store in airtight container.

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  1. jerri822
    Made this because I was looking for a Halloween snack. Turned out great. Very colorful. We liked the sugar coating which gave it a great taste and crunch. My kids were impressed. Thanks Nurse Di.
  2. FruitLoop
    I made this as a snack for my kids. However, my biggest kid (husband) couldn't stop eating them. Yummy, crunchy, sweet and salty. The candy corn an M&M's give great color and taste. A big hit at our house. I am going to have to make more and hide it from my husband. Thanks Nurse Di.
  3. hnelis
    Made this as a Christmas snack for the office. Co-workers really loved it. Had several requests for recipe. DH asked me to bring any leftovers home as he enjoyed snacking on it before I bagged it. Nice taste and crunch. Doubled the recipe, omitted the candy corn and added rice/corn chex, and honey roasted peanuts. Used holiday shaped pretzels and holiday plain and peanut M&Ms. Very festive and a huge hit. Will most definitely make again.
  4. Marie Nixon
    I rated this 3 stars because I brought it to work in a tin and it took 3 days before it was all eaten. This made me think that people thought it was just so-so. From experience, if something is really tasty at work it will be gone in half a day.
  5. cooking_geek
    oh yeah!! this was bad for calorie counters! But it is a keeper in my cookbook! Made this to take to work for a snack day! It was a hit with everyone.<br/>10/10/11: made this again but didn't add the mini ritz until the last 15 minutes of baking. This way the ritz didn't melt but got covered by the syrup. Still Yummy!!



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