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Candy Cane Snack Mix

Candy Cane Snack Mix

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Yield: 18 cups loosely packed
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Stand 1 hr

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What's better than sweet and salty? Sweet, salty and pepperminty! This easy-as-could-be snack mix is fantastic for holiday gifts.


  • 7 cups unsalted popped popcorn*
  • 3 cups holiday shaped pretzels (trees, stars, bells) or small pretzel twists
  • 2 cups lightly salted dry-roasted cashews or honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/4 pounds vanilla-flavored candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup finely crushed peppermint sticks, candy canes or other hard peppermint candies


  1. In a shallow roasting pan, combine popcorn, pretzels and cashews; set aside.
  2. In a heavy medium saucepan, heat candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. [Or microwave in a microwave-safe 4-cup glass measure on 100% power (high) for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring after every minute until melted and smooth. Remove from microwave.] Stir in 1/2 cup of the crushed candy.
  3. Pour melted mixture over popcorn mixture. Stir gently to coat. Spread onto a large piece of foil or parchment paper. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup crushed candy. Cool and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


  • * Be sure to remove any unpopped kernels.

Nutrition Facts

(Candy Cane Snack Mix)

Servings Per Recipe 24, fiber (g) 1, sodium (mg) 146, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, calcium (mg) 15, pro. (g) 3, Potassium (mg) 79, sugar (g) 23, vit. C (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 13, vit. A (IU) 5, iron (mg) 1, cal. (kcal) 259, Riboflavin (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 8, Thiamin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 18, Monounsaturated fat (g) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, carb. (g) 33, Niacin (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1

Comments (2)

smith_jm wrote:
This is ok. I used the honey-roasted peanuts, because I had them on hand, but I won't do that again. Peanut and peppermint isn't very good together, to my taste. I'd try it again, but with the cashews.
zerb2b wrote:
I loved this recipe and so did the family and requested to make it again next year..I used regular roasted peanuts cause that's all I had on hand and it was delicious. It will be one of favorites Christmas recipe now. Peanuts and peppermint do go together. I took home the left

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