Salty-Sweet Halloween Chex Mix

Salty-Sweet Halloween Chex Mix

Fall is really a much better season for foodies than Winter. You have your candy corn, your pumpkin spice, fresh apples—what more can you need? Besides, can you ever remember anyone making a recipe with fruitcake or ribbon candy that you just loved? Didn’t think so.

I’m not typically a big snacker but when I do feel like something to nibble on I have the hardest time deciding. Salty or sweet? Nutty or candy? Healthy or… not? There’s a lot to consider.

Salty-Sweet Halloween Chex Mix Bucket

Lately I’ve been digging this Chex mix since it hits all the marks. It has candy corn—my all-time favorite candy—, spicy Chex cereal, salty gluten-free pretzels and sweet almonds. It’s a little healthy with whole grains and nuts and a little not. It’s easy enough to make for yourself but also fun enough to bring to a party.

If you don’t feel like making your own almonds, you can buy honey roasted or cinnamon sugar almonds and use those instead.

Salty-Sweet Halloween Chex Mix

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Ingredients(Makes about 5 cups)

  • 2 cups cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 1 cup salted-maple almonds(recipe below)
  • 1 1/4 cup pretzel sticks*
  • 3/4 cup candy corn

*I used Snyder’s of Hanover gluten-free pretzel sticks

Method:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy.

Salted-Maple Almonds

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 1 cup):

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Pour the almonds on top of a non-stick baking try in a single layer.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes, disturbing the almonds about halfway through. Don’t worry if they still look sticky after 20 minutes; as they cool down they’ll become less wet.
  5. Break the almonds apart while they’re warm. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.

Salty-Sweet Halloween Chex Mix Serving

A note about candy corn: Last year I found out through error that most name brand candy corns are not vegetarian because they have gelatin in them. However, CVS store brand is vegetarian so if that’s a concern you can still go ahead and enjoy this.

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22 Responses to Salty-Sweet Halloween Chex Mix
  1. Hannah
    September 19, 2012 | 10:39 am

    I’m going to have to give Candy Corn another try, I think. I remember eating it at Halloween back when I was 5 years old and living in America… and hating it. But I generally trust your tastebuds, so…

  2. lynn @ the actor's diet
    September 19, 2012 | 11:37 am

    i need candy corn!

  3. Vita @ Juicer Depot
    September 19, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    I love the sweet and salty combination.

  4. Christine (The Raw Project)
    September 19, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Yum, this looks like an amazing combo!

  5. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    September 19, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    Oh goodness. I really, really need some candy corn.

  6. The Candid RD (Gina)
    September 20, 2012 | 7:10 am

    You forgot to mention the PUMPKIN that is in season for fall, not just the spice (yes, I’m obsessed with anything pumpkin, OBSESSED!).
    Great recipe Evan. I’ll be sharing this with our candy department at work!!

  7. Amelia @EatingMadeEasy
    September 27, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    You had me at Candy Corn!

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