Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

"A yummy snack mix that I created for my husband because I couldn't find a mix that did not use corn syrup. This makes a smaller batch than most snack mixes out there."
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Ready In:
1/2 cup




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine Crixpix, Cheerios, pretzels, and peanuts in a large bowl.
  • On the stove in a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low heat.
  • Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to the melted butter.
  • Cook until butter bubbles slightly.
  • Pour over the dry mixture and toss (or mix) so that everything is coated evenly.
  • Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in oven for 8 minutes.
  • Stir mixture and then bake for another 8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and spread out onto waxed paper.
  • Allow mixture to cool, stirring and breaking up pieces as necessary.
  • Once the mixture is cool, add the M&Ms.

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  1. Chef summerlover
    My best friend loves the combination of sweet and salty flavours, so when I was invited to 'tag-along' for a 2 day working road trip, I was determined we should have something to munch along the way and this sounded perfect. Needless to say, we loved it! I made a few minor changes to suit my preferences ... 1 1/2 cups each pretzels and peanuts, so I upped the butter to 1/2 cup and the sugar to 2/3 cup. I also used reese pieces instead of M&M's. So-o-o-o-o good! Thanks for sharing!
  2. m4corgi
    What an easy and flexible recipe! Wanted to make some Christmas Crunch for co-workers, so used popped microwave kettle corn, corn chex type cereal, and mini pretzel knots. After it was cooled down mixed in 1 c of WalMart "Great Value Indulgent Trail Mix" (butterscotch, chocolate, and white chips with cashews, almonds, white raisins, and dried cranberries) plus 1 c of Christmas M&Ms. I also added 1/2 sea salt to the caramel mixture to up the "salty" factor. Just amazing! I doubled the recipe and have 20 1-cup Christmas bags to distribute.
  3. Nsoos
    Did anyone notice that the recipe calls for cherios but did not list it as an ingredient or amount. I estimated 2 cups. The recipe itself was good. I served it as a "salty snack" for a group of ladies and leftovers to my kids. All said that I should make it again.
  4. buttercup0009
    This was only okay for me. It had a strange nutty taste to it. I don't know if it's because I added honey nut Cheerios to it or not. Also the cereal mix wasn't coated as well as I'd have liked.
  5. Nancy G.
    This is delish and easy to make. I made as posted and we munched on it for a few days. Thanks for posting! Made for PAC Fall 2008.


Hello, my name is Lindsay. I am a technical writer by day, food aficionado by night. I enjoy making all kinds of recipes for people, but in particular sweets!
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