Sweet 'n Salty Snack Mix

Sweet 'n Salty Snack Mix

This snack mix recipe is both sweet and salty! The praline-like coating covers the salty nuts and crisp cereal for an irresistible combination.

15 min. prep time
10 cups
11511 Ratings


4 cups regular-flavor cone-shaped baked corn snacks
4 cups bite-sized square crispy wheat cereal
1 cup small salted pretzel twists
1 cup pecan halves
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 (14-ounce) bag holiday-colored candy-coated chocolate pieces


Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large roasting pan with no-stick cooking spray.

Combine corn snacks, cereal, pretzels and pecans in prepared pan; set aside.

Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in 2-quart heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour syrup mixture over cereal mixture in pan; toss to coat.

Bake 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, or until coating is set. Remove from oven; stir.

Spread mixture onto waxed paper. Cool 5 minutes; stir in chocolate pieces. Cool completely; break into pieces.

Store in container with tight-fitting lid for up to 1 week.

Recipe Tip

Any salty snack such as corn or tortilla chips can be substituted for cone-shaped baked corn snacks. Peanuts, cashews or walnuts can be substituted for pecan halves.

Nutrition Facts (1/2 cup)

Calories: 250

Fat: 12g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 350mg

Carbohydrates: 33g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #14587©2009Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I was looking for a snack that wasn't just sweet. The sweet and salty taste of this recipe is a perfect balance. I used unsalted butter and the mix was still plenty salty.
could you freeze this?
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Patricia, we wouldn't suggest freezing this snack mix. If it were frozen, it would become quite soggy when thawing. Luckily, the recipe comes together in under and hour, so you can prep it a few days before you need it.
Posted December 08, 2015
Love this recipe made exactly as write - I made 15 batch's to sale at a company Bake Sale to raise money for a Breast Cancer walk I am doing in October 2015 - I sold out everyone loved it and wanted the recipe I told them to check out Lands of Lake website. With your help I am well on my way to raising a $1000. Thank you! (FYI - I did try the recipe with corn and rice cereals - for example I used 2 cups wheat, 1 cup rice and 1 cup corn to equal the 4 cups in the recipe)
Very good! I added 1 1/2 tsp each of chipotle and chili powder for a little kick. I would have given 5 stars, but the cooking time was a little too long or the temp too high. Some pieces tasted a little burned. I checked my oven and the temp is accurate. Next time maybe I will try it at 350.
Very tasty. Prepared for lock-in event. Oven temp seemed a little high; few of the pieces burned, even directions were followed to stir every 5 min. Lowered temp by 50 degrees for final 5 min. of baking. Will make again.
I made this last year and lost the recipe. So glad I found it again. I use a variety of cereals corn,rice,oats 1 cup each. It is so good it's hard to stop eating. Makes good travel snacks. And with the nuts you are getting protein for energy.
I just made this and it's almost gone already! I replaced the "cone-shaped baked corn snacks" with different type nuts (walnuts, cashews, and almonds) so I ended up with 4 kinds of nuts. Very yummy. The coating is the same as I use to make caramel corn. I like that it's not a real sticky coating because I hate when something sticks in my teeth. I will be making this many times, I'm sure.
I made this very tasty snack mix for a new year's eve party and it disappeared in no time! Will definitely make it again!
We decided to try a different snack mix for Christmas and this is very good! I would def make it again. The only thing we did different is decide to not use the wheat cereal. You wouldn't even know it was missing.
It is easy to make and family favorite!
I made this for my family and they loved it. They loved it so much I have made it 2 more times in the last 2 weeks. I must admit I tweaked it a little and used cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and a little ground cloves to make it more fall and Thanksgiving like.. Please Try It :
I used small tortilla corn chips and walnuts. Served it to my family this Thanksgiving. They all loved it--one said it was the best snack mix they had ever tasted!

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