Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

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There isn’t much better for snacking than this Sweet and Salty snack mix perfect for parties or just snacking at home! Fast, easy party snack recipe.

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Recently, my husband hit a huge milestone; he hit a whopping 20 years of service in the Army! It’s hard to believe he’s been serving so long and while our schedules didn’t allow for a huge party or any big celebration, I was able to whip him up one of his favorite treats: a sweet and salty snack mix inspired by these M&M’S Peanut Red, White, & Blue Candies.

salty sweet snack mix with M&Ms bag and dollar general shopping bag

At our house, we’re a HUGE fan of sweet and salty snacks. I mean, life needs balance—right? I knew the M&M’S would be perfection mixed up with some candy coated salty treats. Plus, they’re patriotic to boot.

How to Make Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

This snack mix couldn’t be easier to make.

m&m snack mix

You don’t even have to turn on the oven! You simply melt your butter, corn syrup, vanilla, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Once it’s boiling, remove it from heat for a moment. Then, pour over your salty treats. (Don’t add the M&M’S yet!)

pouring toffee mixture over snack mix with pretzels chex cereal nuts

The sugar mixture will start to harden as it cools, so take advantage of the free arm workout and mix, mix, mix quickly until everything is coated.

cashews almonds pretzels chex cereal

Then, simply spread the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let it cool. After the mix is cool, break it apart if you need to and add the finishing touch: the M&M’S! They add the perfect salty and sweet finishing touch to this scrumptious snack mix!

overhead view of sweet and salty snack mix in white bowl with marble background

Once it’s finished, you simply have to sit back, relax, and watch it disappear in a flash! I’m telling you, it’s one of my family’s absolute favorite treats!

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Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

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This sweet and salty snack mix is the perfect addition to any gathering.


Units Scale
  • 6 cups rice cereal
  • 6 cups mini pretzels
  • 2 cups salted cashew halves & pieces
  • 2 cups roasted & salted almonds
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt to taste
  • (2) 10.7 ounce packages M&M’S® Peanut Red, White, and Blue Candies


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine rice cereal, pretzels, cashews, and almonds. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  4. Allow mixture to boil for one minute then remove from heat for one additional minute.
  5. Pour butter mixture over snack mix and stir to coat thoroughly.
  6. Spread snack mix in a single layer on the baking sheets and allow to cool completely.
  7. Break mix apart as necessary and toss with M&M’S® Peanut Red, White, and Blue Candies.
  8. Store in an airtight container up to three days.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 285
  • Sugar: 15.5 g
  • Sodium: 165.3 mg
  • Fat: 16.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.4 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.1 mg

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  1. Addictive and Delicious! I use slivered almonds and chopped pecans or walnuts. And add Cheerios 😊 I am always asked to bring this for events.

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