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A twist on the Chex cereal popular snack, this party mix adds popcorn, pretzels, pumpkin seeds, sunflower kernels, and a little toffee.

toffee party mix

I confess I’m not a big sports fan. I enjoy going to games, but more for the totality of the experience, than because I particularly care about the outcome. Sign me up for tail-gating, socializing, eating, and just soaking in the excitement of the crowd. But I have no idea what an ‘off-sides’ is, and have to be reminded what color jersey is “our” team.

With that in mind, you likely won’t be surprised to hear that with the Superbowl coming up, I DO know that’s football by the way, it’s really all about the food for me. If you’re looking for a great, easy, snack to make for a crowd – this is one of my favorites. It’s a great twist on a favorite snack from my childhood – Chex Party Mix. It incorporates popcorn and a little toffee to sweeten it up a bit, and it’s easy to take gluten-free with corn chex and gluten-free pretzels.

A Few Cooking Notes:

Makes 9 – 10 cups (aka: a lot, but never quite enough)

The toffee hardens up quickly. The warmth of the baking sheet will help you to manage this when coating the party mix with it.

If using unsalted popcorn, sprinkle additional salt on the mixture when you toss it every 15 minutes in the oven.

Toffee Party Mix

     by Susan Pridmore

     Makes 9 – 10 cups

       Prep Time: 30 minutes

       Cook Time: 45 minutes


Ingredients 

  • 4 1/2 cups corn chex cereal
  • 3 cups of popped pop corn
  • 2 cups pretzels (I use gluten-free pretzels to make this a gluten-free snack)
  • 1 cup salted pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 250° F and place a baking sheet in the oven to warm it up.

In a large bowl, combine the corn chex, pop corn, pretzels, pepitas and sunflower kernels. Toss gently with your hands, being careful not to break up the popcorn or chex cereal.

In a small, heavy pot, combine the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium heat until the butter and brown sugar melt into a syrup. Simmer for about 1 minute to make sure the brown sugar is completely dissolved into a liquid form. This is your toffee, which will start to solidify very quickly as it cools.

Remove the warmed baking sheet from the oven, spill the party mix onto the sheet, and pour the toffee evenly over it. IMMEDIATELY, gently toss with a large spatula to coat the party mix as well as possible. Tip: I recommend a hard spatula similar to what you might use to flip pancakes. Scrape the spatula along the bottom of the baking sheet, under the chex mix and flip it over so that you’re flipping the chex mix along with the toffee over dry chex mix, allowing the toffee to drip down to coat the mix.

Return the sheet to the oven and bake for 45 minutes, turning the chex mix over every 15 minutes to continue to coat as much of the mix as possible. It will be impossible to completely coat everything, nor do you want to unless you want a snack that’s more sweet than salty, but a little a little of the toffee should be on everything.

If using unsalted popcorn, sprinkle additional salt on the mixture when you toss it every 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and break up any large clumps while warm. If you wait until the party mix cools to do this, you won’t be able to do it without breaking the chex, pretzels and popcorn.

Store in a sealed container, assuming it lasts longer than a few hours.

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  1. Lynda - TasteFood February 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    This sounds delicious, Susan. Go New England!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian February 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks Lynda! I guess since I lived in Boston and Stockbridge Massachusetts, I could cheer for them too…

  2. LiztheChef February 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I am so not a football fan but give me a bowl of this and I will watch anything…

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian February 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      Now that’s what I’m talking about! We are definitely on the same team :-)

  3. Kevin February 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Well an offsides penalty (no hyphen need haha) is a five yard penalty that only exist in the college and pro game. Just an FYI. Nothing but love to my favorite Wimpy Vegetarian.

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian February 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve often thought of football as being like going to the opera for me. I don’t really understand what’s happening on stage; I realize there’s a special, nuanced language specific to the genre; and there’s drama that engages people watching. So what I need when I go to a football, baseball, hockey, or basketball game, is a banner (maybe on the scoreboard) giving a translation for what’s happening like we have at the opera. What do you think? Nothing but love going out to my favorite football ref :-)

  4. Cynthia February 2, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    I’m not a big SB party person, either, Suzanne. I’m planning to be home eating chili, folding laundry, sort of typical Sunday at home stuff.

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian February 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      That sounds wonderful, C. I’m actually thinking of going for a solo hike that day with a good book, some food, and my camera. But I’m still taking this snack with me :-)

  5. Annette Nielsen February 2, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Great recipe — it is all about the food — and the half-time entertainment!

    Thanks for game day inspiration!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian February 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Thanks Annette!! Half-time! Yes, yes, yes – totally forgot about that. And the commercials. GREAT commercials.

  6. Laura @ The Art of Cooking Real Food February 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Guess what, Susan – I just nominated you to receive the Liebster Award! I just love your blog and I wanted you to know that :-) You can see my post about it here: http://theartofcookingrealfood.blogspot.com/2012/02/pizza-101-perfect-pizza-sauce-and.html Thanks for sharing your rockin’ recipes!!

    And since the Packers are no longer in the game, I don’t care who wins!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian February 3, 2012 at 9:43 am #

      Thanks SO MUCH, Laura!! I have so enjoyed getting to know your blog too!!! I’m using your pizza thin crust recipe from your blog next time I make pizza!

  7. The Wimpy Vegetarian February 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Thanks Suzanne!! If I like the color of the Giants jerseys better than the Patriots, I could cheer for them too :-) Either way, I hope it’s a good game! I heard that the last two SF 49ers games were pretty riveting.

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