Sweet and salty popcorn snack mix

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Sweet and Salty Popcorn Snack Mix is perfect to serve at your next game day party!  Keep them coming back for more with popcorn mixed with Reese's Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis , pretzels and peanuts, all mixed together with caramel.
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Corn, Popcorn Snack Mix
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
cool time: 1 hour
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 816kcal

Ingredients

For The Caramel:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

For The Popcorn Mix:

  • 7 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 ½ cups pretzels I used mini twists
  • ¾ cup roasted and salted peanuts
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces
  • 1 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.  DO NOT use foil. Set aside.
  • Add popcorn, peanuts and pretzels to a large bowl, set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add the brown sugar and corn syrup.  Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  • When mixture reaches a boil, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for two minutes without stirring.  After two minutes, remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla.
  • Stir in baking soda, and stir until mixture becomes light.  Pour over popcorn mixture,  quickly stir to coat everything with the caramel.
  • Spread the popcorn mixture on the baking sheet.  Bake for 2 minutes, stir the mixture, then bake for two more minutes.  Remove and allow to cool.  
  • Once cool, add the Reese's Pieces and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Minis. Break into pieces and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Notes

If you want the Reese's Cups to be slightly soft, add while the caramel corn is still slightly warm (but not while it is hot, or the will melt).
You can use light brown or dark brown sugar.  Light brown sugar will give a more classic caramel taste. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 816kcal | Carbohydrates: 129g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 5% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 6.3% | Iron: 23%
Nutritional information is an estimate for your convenience. If you have strict nutritional needs, please do your due diligence to make sure this recipe fits your needs.
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