Home > Snacks > Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix November 19, 2020 | No Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This delicious Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix starts with cinnamon and honey-nut flavored cereals tossed in mixed nuts and coated in a caramelly sugar mixture with a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Toss in some pretzels and seasonally colored candies and you’ve got a great mix to enjoy with family or friends or a perfect gift; fill up a bag or decorative box with this mix and give it out as a festive treat. Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix One of the first recipes I ever shared on this site was this No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake. It has been a popular recipe on the site for the past seven years and one I make every fall or Thanksgiving for my own family. One of the hallmarks of that recipe is a faint pumpkin flavor that is anything but overwhelming. My husband was convinced he didn’t like pumpkin pie, and I was convinced I could get him to love it. Turns out that cheesecake is one of his favorite recipes and he’ll tell you it’s because the pumpkin isn’t overpowering. While most of my other pumpkin recipes have pumpkin as the front-and-center flavor, Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix is not overwhelmingly pumpkin. In fact, there is not any actual pumpkin in this snack mix; instead, there’s just a hint of pumpkin in the form of pumpkin pie spice. QUICK TIP Pumpkin pie spice is a delicious combination of warming spices. You can find it among other spices in the grocery store, or you can make your own! How to make Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix Start by tossing together the cereal and nuts. Use any type of nuts; I love a combination of nuts! I recommend lightly salted nuts so the nuts have a better flavor without requiring you to season them. Make the syrup. Combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup and boil for one minute. Be sure to stir the entire time the mixture is boiling! Mix into the cereal and nuts. Pour the prepared syrup over the cereal and nuts and, working very quickly, toss to coat everything in the sugar mixture. Stir together pumpkin pie spice and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the cereal and nuts; then bake the mix. Remove the snack mix from the oven. Toss everything with a spatula and return to the oven for a few more minutes. Add mix-ins. After baking, let the mix cool slightly and then add in the pretzels and M&M’s. Let the mix stand for another 30+ minutes to fully harden and solidify. QUICK TIP Make sure the sugar syrup mixture boils for 1 minute; start the timer once it’s doing a full rolling boil, not just simmering. Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix Tips I recommend using an extra-large sheet pan (15×21 inches) or two large sheet pans. Make sure to get the right cereal. The cinnamon and honey-nut flavored Chex cereals add so much to this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix! (Not sponsored) Line the sheet pans with foil, parchment paper, or Silpat® liners so the mix doesn’t stick and make a big mess! It’s nearly impossible to get off an unlined tray. Let the mix cool completely before serving. This mixture needs some time for the sugar syrup to fully harden and the cereal to become firm. Set aside at least an hour for everything to fully set up. I recommend a good nonstick saucepan; you want one with a heavy bottom so you don’t burn the syrup. Use a pot bigger than you think you’ll need because the syrup “grows” when the baking soda is mixed in. Add pumpkin pie spice to taste. In the recipe I indicate 2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice; add this to personal preference. We like 2 teaspoons, but if you’d like a stronger pumpkin spice flavor, add 3. QUICK TIP Customize this snack mix to the occasion. Use red and green M&M’s for Christmas, blue and white for Hanukkah, and orange and brown for Thanksgiving. And because the pumpkin spice flavor is so subtle, this can be used year-round, not just in fall and winter. More Pumpkin Treats Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies with cream cheese frosting Our favorite Pumpkin Bread Soft Pumpkin Cookies with chocolate chips Pumpkin Waffles with a buttermilk syrup 7 Layer Pumpkin Bars with chocolate and toffee bits FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix 0 from 0 votes - Review this recipe This delicious Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix starts with cinnamon and honey-nut flavored cereals tossed in mixed nuts and coated in a caramelly sugar mixture with a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Toss in some pretzels and seasonally colored candies and you've got a great mix to enjoy with family or friends or a perfect gift; fill up a bag or decorative box with this mix and give it out as a festive treat. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix 0 from 0 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This delicious Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix starts with cinnamon and honey-nut flavored cereals tossed in mixed nuts and coated in a caramelly sugar mixture with a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Toss in some pretzels and seasonally colored candies and you've got a great mix to enjoy with family or friends or a perfect gift; fill up a bag or decorative box with this mix and give it out as a festive treat. Course Snack Cuisine American Keyword Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Setting Up Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes Servings 12 servings Calories 1044kcal Cost $5.82 EquipmentHeavy Duty FoilExtra Large (15x21-inch) Sheet Pan Ingredients4 cups (170g) Cinnamon Chex cereal4 cups (178g) Honey Nut Chex cereal1 cup (150g) mixed nuts lightly salted1/2 cup (8 tbsp; 113g) unsalted butter cut into 1-tablespoon pieces1 cup (193g) dark brown sugar packed (light brown also works)1/4 cup (76g) light corn syrup1/4 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract2/3 cup (132g) white granulated sugar2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice1 cup (56g) snap pretzels1 cup (208g) M&M's (See Note 1) InstructionsPREP: Preheat oven to 350. Line a 15x21-inch baking sheet (or 2 smaller baking sheets) with heavy-duty foil or parchment paper (regular foil tends to rip easily) and grease generously with nonstick cooking spray.CEREAL: Add 4 cups Cinnamon Chex, 4 cups Honey Nut Chex, and 1 cup mixed nuts to the prepared sheet pan.SYRUP: In a heavy, medium-sized pot, add the 1/2 cup butter (cut into tablespoons), 1 cup packed light brown sugar, and 1/4 cup corn syrup. Place over medium to medium-high heat and stir constantly until butter is melted. Continue to stir until the mixture comes to a rapid boil. Boil for exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly, and remove from heat. Add in the 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt. Stir to combine. Add in the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour over the cereal on the sheet pan and, working quickly, stir until cereal and nuts are coated in the mixture. Spread cereal and nut mixture into one even layer.PUMPKIN SPICED SUGAR: In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (add 3 teaspoons for a stronger pumpkin spice flavor) and 2/3 cup white sugar; stir to combine. Sprinkle evenly over the cereal mixture. (Don't mix this spiced sugar into the cereal).BAKE: Bake for 5 minutes, remove from the oven, and toss using a metal spatula. Spread mixture again to one even layer. Return to the oven and bake for 4 more minutes. Remove from the oven and toss again. Spread in one even layer and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the pretzels and M&M's onto the sheet pan, toss to combine, and spread in an even layer. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour to fully harden and set up.STORAGE: Store in an airtight bag or container and room temperature. Mix is best enjoyed within 3-4 days. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: To have more Fall-centric colors, I pick out red, orange, yellow, and brown M&M's to get 1 cup of these colors and then add those to the mix. For Christmas or Hanukkah, use candies with those colors. Nutrition FactsCalories: 1044kcal | Carbohydrates: 209g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1241mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1968IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 397mg | Iron: 50mg DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.