03 November 2011

Holiday Party Mix

I've missed having this memorable treat for the last few years so this holiday, I decided the time was right.  It's a great combination of slightly salty and sweet with lots of crunch.  Plus, it's a delicious addition to any party.

Here's What You'll Need:

11 oz pretzels OR popcorn (but really, let's be realistic--you can use a combination of both!)
9 to 10 oz box of mini peanut butter filled crackers
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 oz M&Ms
18 1/2 oz bag candy corn

Combine pretzels and/or popcorn, crackers and peanuts.  In large saucepan, mix sugar, butter and corn syrup.  Boil over medium heat for five minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and soda--pour over pretzel mix.  Stir well.  Bake at 250F for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes (don't worry if it's a little chewy when fresh out of the oven--it will crisp up when it cools).  Break apart while warm, add M&Ms and candy corn.
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