Last year, I came up with Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix, my own take on cereal snack mix. I love all things pumpkin spice, and this was a perfect blend of sweet and salty.
I had the honor of helping my father-in-law give my mother-in-law a surprise birthday party last November. He wanted to have some kind of little snack for guests who arrived early since they needed to arrive earlier than she did. And because the guest of honor loves pumpkin spice as much as I do, it seemed an appropriate snack.
He rented the social room of their church. I was going to be in the separate kitchen area getting the caterers settled and knew I wouldn’t be able to greet guests as they arrived. So I made a big batch of this snack mix, placed them in individual cups with lids, and set them out on a table with a little poem. It invited them to grab a snack to munch on while they were waiting for the guest of honor.
I don’t know why, but I never shared the DIY party decor, DIY party favors, and snack mix. I guess I was recently inspired by Franki Hanke’s Halloween party post! So I am sharing this recipe now, just in time for all things Pumpkin Spice!
PUMPKIN SPICE PARTY MIX:
- 1 box Chex Pumpkin Spice Cereal
- 1 box Chex Cinnamon Cereal
- 1 lb bag pretzels
- 18 oz. jar of Bakers’ Southern Traditions lightly salted blister fried peanuts (a local favorite)
- 1 package Kraft caramel bits (from the baking section)
- 2- 12 oz bags Nestle Pumpkin Spice baking morsels (near the chocolate chips)
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Simply mix all the ingredients in a HUGE bowl. Let me tell you…this feeds a crowd. It’s absolutely amazing how the salt from the peanuts and pretzels complements the caramel bits and sweet cereal. It’s a savory and sweet combination that is surprisingly good.
I printed off the framed sign inviting guests to grab a cup of snack mix at home and took it with me to the party space. Easy-peasy to set up!
This whole party was a lovely event. The guests enjoyed both the good food and visiting with good friends. My mother-in-law was surprised and was very touched. And, the snack mix was a huge hit!
When you love pumpkin spice, there’s no limit to how you can use it to create new flavor combinations! This sweet and salty snack mix is a must-try!
Please let me know if you make this, and give me feedback on how you liked it!