Guys- here’s how to make a big ol’ bunch of the tastiest snack mix ever! You’ll want to share this with your family, friends, co-workers, the crazy cat lady in your neighborhood-it makes plenty of peanut butter goodness for everyone.
When we have mixed nuts at our house I’m the one who eats all the peanuts. Everybody else is fishing out the cashews and filberts and pecans and tossing the lowly peanuts aside. More for me. I’ve always loved peanuts and peanut butter, except in cake, pie, and ice cream. I’m not sure why, but there’s a distinctly oily peanut butter line I won’t cross. Peanut butter cookies, brownies, and candy? Yay, yay, and yay. Peanut butter frosting? No, thanks. This peanut butter snack mix? Umm, yes, and are you going to finish yours?
Popcorn, crisp rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies), salted peanuts, and peanut butter candies (such as Reese’s Pieces) make up the crunchy part, and almond bark (some people call it candy coating) and peanut butter make up the delicious, smooth coating.
You can pop unbuttered microwave popcorn or go old school like me and use some type of popcorn popper. Throw the popcorn, cereal, and peanuts in the most ginormous bowl you can find. Really, really big. I have an ancient “Thatsa Bowl” from Tupperware that I always use. Stir it around. Then break up the almond bark, which generally comes in scored sections, into another bowl along with the peanut butter. Microwave it just until the almond bark is melted. I like to do this on medium power because this stuff can burn and it’s yucky when it does, especially a pound of it. Stir it into the popcorn mixture, then stir in the candy. I just used a cup of candy because I really didn’t want candy-coated candy-coated candy to be the focus here. But if you feel like it needs more, then add more.
Spread it out on some waxed paper to dry a bit. Break it up and store it in zipper bags or a covered container. Give some away so you don’t eat 12 cups by yourself while you’re reading…or something.
This snack mix is great year ’round to feed a crowd, or to divide and package up as gifts for peanut butter lovers. Even though the candy colors might remind you of fall, I actually like to make this to munch on while we watch fireworks on The Fourth of July. It’s usually a busy, hot day with family coming and going so I like to make this grab-and-go snack that doesn’t require turning on the oven.
Whenever you need a big snack for a big bunch, this Peanut Butter Snack Mix has you covered. And I just finished your bowl when you weren’t looking. Sorry. Good thing there’s plenty.
Peanut Butter Snack Mix
- 15 c. popped popcorn
- 2 ½ c. crisp rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
- 1 9.5 oz. can salted peanuts
- 1 lb. white almond bark (candy coating)
- ¼ c. peanut butter
- 1 c. (or more, if desired) candy-coated peanut butter candies, such as Reese’s Pieces
- Step 1 In a very large bowl mix popcorn, cereal, and peanuts. Set aside.
- Step 2 Break up the almond bark and put it in a medium-size, microwavable bowl. Add the peanut butter to the bowl and microwave on medium power, stirring occasionally, until all the almond bark is melted, 2-3 minutes. Mix the almond bark and peanut butter together well.
- Step 3 Pour half of the almond bark/peanut butter mixture over the popcorn mixture and stir well. Pour the remaining almond bark/peanut butter mixture over the popcorn mixture and stir until everything is well-coated.
- Step 4 Stir in the candies.
- Step 5 Put 2 long sheets of waxed paper or parchment on the counter and pour out the popcorn mixture, spreading it out well. Let set up at least 30 minutes.
- Step 6 Break into pieces and serve. Store in a covered container at room temperature.