Pumpkin Snack Mix

Delicious Pumpkin Snack Mix has popcorn, peanuts, cheerios, chex, candy corn, and mallow pumpkins. It’s perfect for fall!

For more tasty snack mixes try Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow, Christmas Snack Mix, Brownie Puppy Chow Mix, and Patriotic Trail Mix.

Pumpkin snack mix in a glass bowl.

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Every Friday we have Movie Night and we are always looking for snacks and treats to make for the night. We often have popcorn, but love to jazz it up a bit with candy or chocolate (like White Chocolate M&M Popcorn or this Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn).

Since it’s that time of year when fall candies are in abundance, we decided to try a Halloween Pumpkin Snack Mix with popcorn, cereal, nuts, and candy! We were all extremely happy with how delicious it turned out.

With the combination of all the cereals, candy and nuts you’ll definitely want to try this recipe—it’s just the right amount of sweet and salty!

popcorn in a white bowl to use for pumpkin snack mix recipe

Making Pumpkin Snack Mix

PREP. Line large pan with parchment paper.

POPCORN. In a bowl mixed popped popcorn, cereal and peanuts. Spread out evenly onto parchment-lined pan.

SAUCE. In a sauce pan, combine brown sugar, syrup and butter. Bring to boil and let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda. Stir until mixed well. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss with a spoon until evenly coated.

BAKE. Bake at 250 for 15 minutes. Take out and stir. Bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool.

CANDY. Add in ½ cup candy corn and ½ cup candy pumpkins and mix well.

How much to make?

For this recipe all you need is 4 cups of popped popcorn. A mini sized bag yields about 4 ½  cups. Which is perfect for this recipe. If you are making a double or triple batch, a regular sized bag of popcorn yields 12-13 cups of popped corn. If you want to air pop your own popcorn you will need a heaping ⅛ cup of kernels. 

This recipe can easily serve about 6 people and each person should be able to have about 1 ½ cups of the mix. If you’re serving a large crowd I would suggest doubling or tripling the recipe. 

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

You can do roasted and salted peanuts, or honey roasted peanuts, depending on if you want more of a salty taste or more of a sweet thing.

Season your corn syrup with pumpkin pie spice seasoning along with vanilla extract. Then it will really taste like a pumpkin spice snack mix.

Variations: This recipe is pretty easy to customize based on season. 

  • Fall: more fall colored candy like M&Ms, Reeses Pieces 
  • Spring: pastel colored M&M’s, robins eggs, mini peeps, pastel candy corn
  • Christmas: use red and green M&M’s, reindeer candy corn, mini marshmallows
  • Add pretzels or roasted almonds/walnuts for some extra saltiness 

STORE in an airtight container for 2-3 days at room temperature. If it is uncovered, the popcorn will dry out.

pumpkin party mix in a glass bowl

For More fall treats, try:

Pumpkin Snack Mix Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Delicious Pumpkin Snack Mix has popcorn, peanuts, cheerios, chex, candy corn, and mallow pumpkins. It's perfect for fall!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 758 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 cups popped popcorn (we used Kettle Corn)
  • 1 ½ cup cherrios (we used Honey Nut)
  • 1 ½ cup Rice CHEX
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup candy corn
  • ½ cup candy pumpkins

Instructions
 

  • Line large pan with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl mixed popped popcorn, cereal and peanuts. Spread out evenly onto parchment-lined pan.
  • In a sauce pan, combine brown sugar, syrup and butter. Bring to boil and let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda. Stir until mixed well. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss with a spoon until evenly coated.
  • Bake at 250 for 15 minutes. Take out and stir. Bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool.
  • Add in ½ cup candy corn and ½ cup candy pumpkins and mix well.

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Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Kristyn – I love this and will be making it this weekend. I have a question for you on some advice — you know that I love to make all your treats for our missionaries, and they love everything I make. If I make this, how do you think I should wrap it for them?? Big baggies?? I’m just not sure but I want to give it to them! Any ideas?? I usually buy cheap dishes at Target for cookies and such, but always lost on snack mixes. Thanks for all you do to help me keep a generous heart and pass things on!!

    donna

    1. got some nice jars at Target – I didn’t want to use Mason jars but found some other ones. Worked great. Thanks!

        1. Yes! And they really looked good. I filled them with the snack mix, and then put a couple of Halloween Oreo cookies on the top. They were very well received. I told them they could munch on them whenever they want of course, but this weekend would be a good one while they watch Conference!! They were so thrilled. Thank you for all your good treats – and your regular ‘mom’ chocolate chip cookies are still the best!! I made them with Halloween chocolate chips (Target too!)

  2. About how much does this recipe make? Cups or guesstimate to give an idea on whether I need to double this recipe.

  3. This looks great! I will be fixing this for my daughter’s softball tournament this weekend. How long will it keep? Can I make on Friday night to have for Saturday night?

  4. 5 stars
    Sweet & salty! I wasn’t too sure about eating a handful of the candy pumpkins with the popcorn & peanuts, but they are so good together!! You have to eat them together!

  5. 5 stars
    So delicious! Absolutely love the way candy corn and peanuts taste together! So fun to include popcorn and cereal! This is such a fun snack mix!

  6. 5 stars
    This is perfect for our movie nights! My family enjoyed this snack mix, I actually need to make some more next time as they finished it so quick!

  7. 5 stars
    This is the perfect fall mix to keep around the house when you want a little treat with substance! love this!