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This Halloween Popcorn Mix makes a fun, delicious, and easy Halloween snack. Made with popcorn, both sweet and salty flavors, Halloween candies, and candy eyes to make this spooky! Both kids and adults will love snacking on this treat.
Halloween Popcorn Mix
Halloween Popcorn Mix is the perfect snack mix to make for Halloween festivities, parties, Halloween movie night, or to have around the house for easy snacking. It’s made with a delicious combination of sweet and salty flavors and loaded with Halloween fun.
This fun treat is easy to make so you can whip this up in less than 30 minutes. You can easily get the kids involved by having them stir in all of the add-ins, they will have so much fun doing this. This is a great way to get into the Halloween season!
We also call this snack mix Monster Munch because of the spooky candy eyes which is perfect to hand out on Halloween night. Add this mix to cute Halloween themed cellophane bags and pass them out as a spooky treat.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Popcorn: Use your favorite bag of microwave popcorn or air-popped popcorn, you’ll need about 10 cups of popcorn. I love using a lightly buttered popcorn because the butter gives the snack mix a buttery flavor that pairs well with the sugar mixture we use to coat the popcorn. Feel free to use plain popcorn or any of your favorites except kettle corn or caramel corn since it’s already sweetened.
- Sugar: Used to make the syrup to coat the popcorn to add a sweet flavor.
- Vanilla extract: Adds a warm flavor to the sugar coating.
- Pretzels: We use the mini pretzel twists to add crunch, you can also use pretzel sticks, gluten-free pretzels, and pretzel snaps.
- Candy eyeballs: You can find these at your local grocery store in the baking aisle. This makes this Monster Halloween Popcorn Mix spooky!
- Candy: Candy corn, candy pumpkins, and Reese’s Pieces. You can add in any of your favorite Halloween candies or monster-themed candy.
how to make Halloween Popcorn Mix
Pop popcorn: Put the popped popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.
Make sugar syrup coating: In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, honey, water, vanilla extract, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes to dissolve the sugar.
Add syrup to popcorn: Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the hot syrup over the popcorn. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently mix and coat the popcorn evenly with the syrup.
Add remaining ingredients and let cool: Add in the candies and pretzels to the coated popcorn mixture. Mix until everything is coated in the syrup and place popcorn mix on a wax paper or parchment paper lined baking sheet to cool for 15 minutes. Add to a serving bowl and enjoy!
recipe tips & variations
- Add chocolate: Milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or mini chocolate chips make great additions and a chocolatey flavor. You could also drizzle chocolate onto the tops of the popcorn with melted white chocolate or milk chocolate when it’s cooling on the baking sheet.
- Fall Snack Mix: Instead of making this a Halloween themed treat, omit the candy eyes to make this a Fall Snack Mix to enjoy all season long.
- Popcorn alternative: Instead of using popcorn, you can swap it out for Chex cereal to make it a snack mix.
- Sprinkles: Make this mix extra fun and festive by adding fun Halloween sprinkles or Monster themed sprinkles. Kids will love this!
- Other add-ins: Leftover Halloween candy, Halloween Oreo cookies, miniature marshmallows, roasted peanuts, mini peanut butter cups, Bugles chips, Chex cereal, and gummy worms.
leftovers & storage
This Halloween snack mix will last for up to 1-2 weeks when stored in an airtight container or large ziplock bag at room temperature. The kitchen counter is a perfect place to keep this treat.
I do not recommend freezing this Halloween Snack Mix as the popcorn will get soggy and the candy coating will not hold well once it defrosts. Fresh is best with the snack mix!
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Halloween Popcorn Mix
- 1 bag popcorn ( I used lightly buttered popcorn) about 10 cups
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup mini pretzel twists broken into pieces
- 1/2 cup candy corn
- 1/2 cup candy pumpkins
- 1/2 cup Reese's pieces
- 1/4 cup candy eyeballs
- Put the popped popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, honey, water, vanilla extract, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes to dissolve the sugar.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the hot syrup over the popcorn. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently mix and coat the popcorn evenly with the syrup.
- Add in the candies and pretzels. Mix until everything is coated in the syrup and place popcorn mix on a lined baking sheet to cool for 15 minutes. Add to a serving bowl and enjoy!