Caramel Snack Mix

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One of the things we most look forward to every Christmas season is sitting around together and watching Christmas specials on tv while snacking and drinking hot cocoa. With the lights of the tree twinkling in the background, we snuggle together and just enjoy the ritual.

Caramel Snack Mix is a favorite snack on that day and throughout the few weeks leading up to and after Christmas. It’s also great for packing up in bags and giving as gifts. In fact, I included bags of this snack mix with the presents for the kids’ teachers this year.

Caramel Snack Mix

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Snack


  • 10 cup assorted cereals, pretzels, nuts, etc
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • In a large bowl, mix together assorted cereals, pretzels and/or nuts. Set aside until using.
  • + 1 hour bake time  – Combine the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, continuing to stir frequently. Pour into the bowl with the cereal mixture and stir to coat well. Pour the cereal mixture onto 2 greased cookie sheets and spread out into a single layer. Bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour, stirring at least once during bake time. Cool completely.


This is a great way to use any small portions of cereal that you might have hanging out in your kitchen. You can use virtually any cereal that isn’t too sweet to start with.