Frito Snack Mix

Frito Snack Mix

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Frito Snack Mix is a great recipe to make with children, and a yummy after-school snack for “kids” of all ages to enjoy. Mixing sweet and savory flavors, it satisfies the pickiest of eaters and receives a thumbs up from our granddaughter, who helped make this mix.

Serving Frito Snack Mix in Polish Pottery Bowl

This fun snack comes together quickly, and will teach youngsters measuring and baking skills, as well as develop their ability to cook on a stove top.

For this recipe you’ll need a large roasting pan, a long-handled wooden spoon, and a medium saucepan.

 

Ingredients for Frito Snack Mix

(See full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • Fritos corn chip
  • Chex wheat cereal
  • pretzel twists or sticks
  • mix nuts
  • M&M chocolate candies

Candy Coating

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • light corn syrup

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Snack Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Coat two baking sheets with butter or baking spray. Set aside. 

 

Combine the Snack Mix Ingredients

Mix Together the Snack Ingredients

In a large roasting pan, combine the Fritos corn chips, the Chex wheat cereal, pretzels, and mix nuts. Set aside.

 

Make the Candy Coating

In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until butter melts, stirring to combine.

Bring Candy Coating to Softball Stage

Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 4 minutes, without stirring.

The sugar coating will reach softball stage with a temperature of 235-240 degrees. 

Remove from heat and pour the coating over the Frito mixture. Stir with a long-handled wooden spoon to evenly coat.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir mixture and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir the mixture once more.

Spread Snack Mixture onto Prepared Baking Sheets

Transfer the hot mixture to the prepared baking sheets. Allow to cool completely, for about 20-30 minutes. Break into small pieces and sprinkle the mixture with coated chocolate candies.

Store in a freezer bag or an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. This recipe will make approximately 15 cups and will serve 25 people. Be sure to serve it in a pretty bowl, like this Polish Pottery bowl.

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Recipe for Frito Snack Mix

Frito Snack Mix

Frito Snack Mix is a great recipe to make with children, and a yummy after-school snack for “kids” of all ages to enjoy. Mixing sweet and savory flavors, it satisfies the pickiest of eaters and receives a thumbs up from our granddaughter, who helped make this mix.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chex Cereal, Frito Corn Chips, M&M Candies, Mixed Nuts
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Cooling Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Servings: 25

Equipment

Covered Roaster
Measuring Tools
Wooden Spoon
Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 15 oz Fritos corn chips
  • 5 cups Chex wheat cereal
  • 2 cups pretzel twists or sticks
  • 2 cups mix nuts
  • 1 cup M&M chocolate candies

Candy Coating

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
    Coat two baking sheets with butter or baking spray.

Combine Snack Ingredients

  • In a large roasting pan, combine the Fritos corn chips, the Chex wheat cereal, pretzels, and mix nuts. Set aside.

Make the Candy Coating

  • In a small saucepan combine the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 4 minutes, without stirring.
    The sugar coating will reach softball stage with a temperature of 235-240 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and pour the coating over the Frito mixture. Stir with a long-handled wooden spoon to everything is evenly coated.
  • Bake uncovered in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir mixture and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir the mixture once more.
  • Transfer the hot mixture to the prepared baking sheets. Allow to cool completely, for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Break into small pieces and sprinkle the mixture with M&M chocolate candies.
  • Store in a freezer bag or an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. This recipe will make approximately 15 cups and will serve 25 people.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 266IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 5mg
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