This Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix is made with popcorn, pretzels, and nuts. It’s the ultimate flavor rush! You will want to make this all the time.
It just so happens that Presidents’ Day is Monday which means hubster has a four day weekend this weekend. Whoop! How lucky could he get to have a four day during Valentine’s weekend?
What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Are you staying home to relax or do you plan to do something special?
I think we may try to get out of town for a day or two.
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Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix
Do you know what’s great for road trips?
Snack mix of course. The sweet and spicy kind. The kind that makes you reach for handful after handful.
This snack mix is made exactly the same way you make caramel corn. You make the syrup, pour it over a mixture of popcorn, pretzels, and nuts, and bake it to get it all crispy.
I got this idea from Bon Appetite magazine. They featured a buffalo wing popcorn for game day. I loved the sound of that and built my recipe off of theirs.
Each bite is sweet like caramel corn and leaves a warm tingle on the back of your tongue. After several handfuls, your mouth will begin to heat up but you won’t be able to stop munching.
It’s delicious! Painfully delicious…
Enjoy this sweet and spicy snack mix and have a wonderful weekend!
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Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix
- 2 cups unsalted pretzels
- 4 cups plain popped popcorn
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup Texas Pete hot sauce
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, popcorn, almonds, and cashews. Set aside.
- In a medium pot, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Continue to boil for 10 minutes or until amber in color. Remove from heat, stir in the hot sauce and butter. Return to heat and boil for 4 minutes longer. Remove from heat, stir in the salt and baking soda. Pour the sauce over the popcorn mixture. Toss to coat.
- Spread the mixture evenly over the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow the snack mix to cool completely. Break apart any large chunks if needed.
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