Nutty Popcorn Snack Mix with Candy Corn

This year I am very into the fall season.  I’ve been really looking forward to October so I can start making Halloween and fall themed goodies.  I made this snack mix for Zack’s company picnic.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy it.

It made our house smell like the holidays.  I loved it!

The recipe says to use a candy thermometer, but I don’t have one so I used the water method.  Read how to tell candy is done here: How to Tell When Hard Candy is Done.

Be on the lookout for lots more holiday/fall themed goodies throughout the next few months, because I have lots of recipes 🙂

Nutty Popcorn Snack Mix

– 12 cups popped popcorn

– 5 cups mini pretzel twists

– 2 cups brown sugar, packed

– 1 cup butter

– 1/2 cup dark corn syrup

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 teaspoon soda

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 1 cup dry roasted peanuts

– 2 cups candy corn

Combine pretzels and popcorn in a large roasting pan; set aside.  Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in a heavy medium saucepan.  Cook over medium heat 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally until mix comes to a full boil.

Continue cooking and stirring 4-6 minutes until mix reaches soft-ball stage, or 234-243 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla.  Pour over popcorn and pretzels in pan; add peanuts.  Stir until mix is coated well.  Bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes; stir and add candy corn.

Bake an additional 20 minutes.  Immediately spoon onto wax paper; let cool completely and break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

Yay for fall goodies 🙂

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

These are heaven.  There’s no other way to describe them.

I’ve seen a recipe for them popping up all over the internet lately and then my friend, Demeter, sent me the recipe telling me I should make them.

I am so glad I listened to her!

In case I haven’t mentioned it a thousand times before, peanut butter is my FAVORITE.  I also love chocolate and anything crunchy.  Those things make these the perfect little dessert for me.

I bought a Wilton chocolate melter last weekend and have been looking forward to trying it out.  It made dipping these in chocolate a breeze.  Every other time I have had to use melted chocolate, I’ve just melted in the microwave.  That’s such a pain because halfway through whatever you’re doing, the chocolate will harden and you’ll have to spend time re-melting it only for it to happen again.  Well, never again! I am so glad I bought the chocolate melter.  (okay, that’s enough sounding like an infomercial).

Demeter doesn’t know that I made these.  I can’t wait to surprise her with them.  I hope she likes them!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tbsp softened butter

½ cup powdered sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

bag of pretzels

1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips

Combine peanut butter and softened butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the sugars and mix to combine.

Break off pieces of the mix (enough to cover the bottom pretzel) and roll into a ball, then sandwich between two whole pretzels. When all the balls are rolled and successfully sandwiched, stick the whole tray in the freezer for about half an hour.

Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals (stirring after each) until completely melted or use a chocolate melter to make it a lot easier. Remove the pretzel sandwiches from the freezer and quickly dip each halfway into the melted chocolate. Return to the tray and repeat with the remaining sandwiches. When all are dipped, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely. Store the sandwiches in the refrigerator until serving time.