Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix

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Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack MixRecipe

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

There's no trick to this treat. All you need is 30 minutes to make this scary-good mix for a Halloween party or your next movie night.

Makes about 17 1/2 cups


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15 cups popped popcorn (about 3/4 cup kernels)
Vegetable cooking spray
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts
Wax paper
1 (10.5 oz.) package candy-coated peanut butter pieces (such as Reese's Pieces)


Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 50 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spread popcorn in an even layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined 13- x 18-inch pan. Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour over popcorn, and stir gently to coat.

2. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add peanuts during last 5 minutes. Remove from oven, and spread on lightly greased (with cooking spray) wax paper. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Break apart large pieces, and stir in candy pieces. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Created date

September 2015