Caramel Crunch Snack Mix #GoNutsforNuts

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Caramel Crunch Snack Mix is loaded with Planters Winter Spice Mixed Nuts and pretzels all covered in a crunchy, rich caramel coating. It is an addicting snack mix that will be a big hit at holiday parties and makes a great gift everyone will love!
Caramel Crunch Snack Mix #GoNutsforNuts | by Life Tastes Good is loaded with mixed nuts and pretzels all covered in a crunchy, rich caramel coating. It is an addicting snack mix that will be a big hit at holiday parties and makes a great gift everyone will love!

I just can't get enough of the sweet and salty combo, and my Caramel Crunch Snack Mix does not disappoint! The saltiness of the delicious Winter Spiced Mixed Nuts and pretzels coated in the crunchy homemade caramel sauce satisfies when that sweet and salty craving hits! It makes a great gift too! Just package the snack mix up in a cute glass container and tie a ribbon around it! I like to have several of these on hand. It's a great way to spread some holiday cheer <smile>
Caramel Crunch Snack Mix #GoNutsforNuts | by Life Tastes Good is loaded with mixed nuts and pretzels all covered in a crunchy, rich caramel coating. It is an addicting snack mix that will be a big hit at holiday parties and makes a great gift everyone will love!


To make this snack mix, I lined a casserole dish with parchment paper for easy clean-up and then tossed in the pretzels and topped them with the Planters Winter Spiced Nuts...
Caramel Crunch Snack Mix #GoNutsforNuts | by Life Tastes Good is loaded with mixed nuts and pretzels all covered in a crunchy, rich caramel coating. It is an addicting snack mix that will be a big hit at holiday parties and makes a great gift everyone will love!

I smothered the nut mixture in a homemade rich and creamy caramel sauce and baked for 20 minutes. Easy as pie! Oh my yumminess!! Just look at that beautiful, ooey, gooey caramel!!

Caramel Crunch Snack Mix #GoNutsforNuts | by Life Tastes Good is loaded with mixed nuts and pretzels all covered in a crunchy, rich caramel coating. It is an addicting snack mix that will be a big hit at holiday parties and makes a great gift everyone will love!
Have you seen the Holiday Planter's products? I came across the Limited Edition Holiday display at Walmart. The packaging has a very cool feature you simply have to see to believe! By downloading the free Blippar App you will be able to interact with the products like never before! I had a fun time snapping some shots of Austin the horse with Mr. Peanut...



and Amber the kitty too...

A simple scan of the can brings it to life! It's true! Mr. Peanut will appear in a snow covered forest right on your smartphone! There will be several options for you to explore, such as Holiday Gift Tips, Holiday Products, and taking selfies with Mr. Peanut himself! Get to Walmart and look for the Planter's Holiday Sleigh Display. I found it near the refrigerated items in my local Walmart.
Caramel Crunch Snack Mix #GoNutsforNuts | by Life Tastes Good is loaded with mixed nuts and pretzels all covered in a crunchy, rich caramel coating. It is an addicting snack mix that will be a big hit at holiday parties and makes a great gift everyone will love!

Planter's has several different Limited Edition varieties just in time for the holidays, but I settled on the Winter Spiced Mix that contains honey roasted peanuts, almonds, honey roasted sesame sticks, cashews, and pecans! It is so good all on it's own and really adds extra deliciousness to my Caramel Crunch Snack Mix.

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Caramel Crunch Snack Mix #GoNutsforNuts

Life Tastes Good
Published 11/24/2014
Caramel Crunch Snack Mix #GoNutsforNuts

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces mini twist pretzels
  • 2 cups Planters Winter Spiced Mixed Nuts
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper. To make clean up easier, be sure the parchment goes up and over all sides of the dish.
  2. Place the pretzels and 2 cups Planters Winter Spiced Mixed nuts into the parchment lined baking dish and set aside while you make the caramel.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 sticks butter, 2 cups packed dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, and a pinch of salt. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring this mixture to a boil and continue stirring until it 250 degrees F or hard ball stage. This will take about 7-10 minutes but that can vary depending on so many things, so I recommend using a candy thermometer for best results. Once the caramel is up to temperature, remove from heat and pour over nut mixture. Gently toss to coat the nut mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring 1/2 way through. Remove from oven and spread out on parchment paper to cool. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 10 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.

Tags: Caramel, Crunch, Snack Mix, Nuts, Pretzels, Party, Gift, Holiday, Sweet and Salty, Homemade

recipe adapted from allrecipes.com Snicky Snackies

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16 comments:

  1. I need to try that Mr. Peanut smart phone thing! So fun :) This stuff looks so addictive, Marion. Yum!

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    1. The technology is pretty incredible, Valerie. Madison has worked with a similar type app over the past year at college. It is amazing how we can now interact with these products through our phones. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. You pretty much had me at caramel! This snack mix looks GREAT for the holidays! YUMMY!

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! Caramel gets me every time too!

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  3. This snack mix look so amazing! I'd have to hide it because I'm sure I'd eat the entire recipe in one big swoop! haha

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    1. It is addicting for sure! I had to get it out of my reach, so I sent the rest to work with Don. I miss it haha Thanks, Renee!

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  4. Oh wow! This looks SO good! I am sucker for just about anything sweet, salty, & crunchy. :)

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  5. Oh yeah! Great snack or food gift for the holidays! Those Mr. Peanut photos are so cute!

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  6. Great snack idea! Kids love snack mixes. I love that this is so easy!

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  7. Having this recipe could be dangerous for me. I am drooling over here.

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  8. This snack mix would be fun to take while looking at christmas lights. I love this Marion.

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  9. I am also drooling! This mix is packed with everything I love!!

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  10. Love, love this! Making this for sure for gift giving.

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  11. Yum! I'm probably too late to get an answer, but I just found this on Pinterest. Is this sticky after it cools? I'd love to make it for Bunco this month, but I don't want everyone's fingers sticking to the dice! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for a great question, Linda. It's not very sticky after it cools. It's almost like caramel corn. We take this for a snack while we drive around viewing holiday lights. Have fun at Bunco!

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