This Popcorn Snack Mix is the perfect balance of spicy and sweet, healthier than traditional Chex mix and highly addictive. Make a batch for your next party, game day or afternoon snack.
*Originally published Jan 2016*
It’s snack time! I first made this snack mix a few years ago and have continued to make it a few times a year ever since. It’s the perfect balance of spicy and sweet and full of goodies! I wanted a Chex mix-type recipe but after looking at several recipes, I decided to do my own thing. I subbed popcorn for pretzels for a boost of whole grains, threw in some rice chex, almonds and peanuts and then made a game-time decision to also add some Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies.
This makes a great afternoon snack but it also makes enough to feed a crowd. Bring a batch along to your next party or next time you head out to watch a football or basketball game! Your friends will thank you.
Here’s how you make it:Print
Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix
The perfect balance of spicy and sweet, this Popcorn Snack Mix is healthier than traditional Chex mix and highly addictive. Make a batch for your game day party or an afternoon snack.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- 1 cup cheddar bunnies
- 1.5 cups Rice Chex
- 4 cups air-popped plain popcorn
- 1.5 cup mixed nuts
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine melted butter, spices and brown sugar and stir to combine.
- Pour slowly over popcorn mixture while stirring. Stir until well-coated.
- Transfer to a large baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
It’s pretty much foolproof! This uses about half the butter that most of the recipes I looked at used, but it’s enough to add a bit of richness. The brown sugar gives it a hint of sweetness and the spices really take it to the next level!
Feel free to sub in your favorite nuts or add even more goodies!
Added bonus? You can make a big batch and package it up to give to friends and family for an edible Christmas gift at the holidays!
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Courtney Bentley says
Yum I love snacks like this 🙂 You always know how to nail my taste buds on the head! Happy New Year Lindsay <3
Angela @ happy fit mama says
Perfect timing for all the playoff games in the next month! And it’s got all my favorites. Now to find restraint NOT to eat it all!
rachel @ Athletic Avocado says
This looks delicious! I’m all about that sweet and spicy combo for snacking 🙂
Lauren @ Eating with a Purpose says
This looks so addicting- anything with spice and cheddar is a hit with me! Pinning to make.
Kelli @ Hungry Hobby says
This looks perfect for game time! I’m not usually into the chips and salsa or cheeseballs, but this I could definitely snack on while I try to figure out what is happening on the screen!
Alysia at Slim Sanity says
Love love love popcorn. And Chex mix. This looks perfect 🙂
Becki @ Fighting for Wellness says
This combines pretty much all my favorite flavors! Such a great idea.
Christine Parizo says
Oh that looks so good! I love the idea of swapping out the pretzels and using popcorn.
Chrissa - Physcial Kitchness says
This DOES look highly addicting! I typically stick to a paleo diet, which is a no-go with corn. But I LOVE corn, (especially popcorn) so I admit I regularly break that rule. And if I’m going to go for popcorn, I may go for the whole she-bang aka THIS! Looks sooooooooo nummie and snack-worthy!
YUM! Love this idea & love Annie’s bunnies
Kate @KateMovingForward says
YUM! This looks fantastic!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen says
I must share this recipe with my mom! She always has yummy snack mix on hand 🙂
Hooray for the cheddar bunny overtaking the very popular (but evil!) goldfish! 🙂
Meal Makeover Mom Janice says
Just in time for playoff season!
dixya @ food, pleasure, and health says
currently im addicted to trader joe’s cheddar rocket crackers..so i will have to try snack mix with that…love love love how simple this is 🙂
If I made it on Sunday for a work party Monday, would the popcorn still be good the next day?
Pam Scott says
Just wondering if you could in a pinch use pre-popped pop corn?
This sound addictive!
yep! that would be fine!