I have never been a die-hard Halloween fan.  The part that excites me the most is seeing cute kids in costumes.

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And of course I get excited about creating extra fun treats and having (yet another) excuse to eat more candy.  I came across a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow on Sally’s Baking Addiction a couple of weeks ago and it could not have come at a more perfect time because I had a bake sale that I needed to make some treats for.  My own spin on this recipe became this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix.

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix {satisfymysweettooth.com}

I decided to add white chocolate covered pretzels and Pumpkin Spice M&M’s to this already tasty mix.  I packaged the mix up in cute treat cups that I found in the dollar section at Target and this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix was a sell out at the bake sale.

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix {satisfymysweettooth.com}

The Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix begins with Cinnamon Chex Cereal coated in a mixture of candy melts infused with fall spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Then just like traditional peanut butter and chocolate puppy chow, you shake the coated cereal in powdered sugar.  You could coat your own pretzels in almond bark, but I just bought a couple of small bags of white chocolate Flipz and tossed those in with the coated cereal once it was cooled.  A snack mix is not complete to me without some form of chocolate, so I added colorful and festive Pumpkin Spice M&M’s to this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix for a chocolate kick.

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix {satisfymysweettooth.com}

If you are having children over for Halloween or you are expecting some friends or family to bring their children over trick-or-treating, I think it would be so much fun to hand out treat bags full of Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix rather than traditional candy.  You’ll be the most popular house on the block.

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: ~10 cups snack mix

A festive and spicy snack mix that is sure to make for an extra special Halloween treat

Ingredients

  • 1 box (13.5 ounces) Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) orange candy melts (or you could use white chocolate)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups white chocolate-covered pretzels (I used Flipz)
  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice M&M's

Instructions

  1. Place cereal into a large bowl.
  2. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt candy melts in 30-second increments until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Pour melted candy melts over cereal and stir gently to coat evenly.
  4. Place powdered sugar into a large paper bag, or a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Pour coated candy into bag with powdered sugar and shake to coat.
  5. Pour mixture onto a wax paper-lined counter to cool and set.
  6. Add pretzels and M&M's and serve.
  7. Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix {satisfymysweettooth.com}

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14 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Alyssa
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    I’m throwing a party this weekend, and this will be perfect for everyone to snack on–yum!

    p.s. that little flamingo is TOO CUTE!

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 29, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

      It would be a perfect party snack! I hope you and your guests like the mix Alyssa!

      Reply

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Hands down, the cutest Halloween costume ever! Love the little flamingo. 🙂

    This snack mix would be so dangerous for me. In the best way!

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 29, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

      Well what can I say, you are quite the inspiration Sally!

      Reply

  3. Liz
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Looks delicious Mercedes! The perfect Fall/Halloween snack! 🙂

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 29, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

      Thanks Liz! I love how easy and festive this snack mix is too!

      Reply

  4. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    What a cute treat! I’m dying at the cuteness of that little baby.

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 29, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

      I know, that baby is adorable! I wish I would get to see some little trick-or-treaters!

      Reply

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    I love any excuse to indulge in pumpkin spice, this mix would make such a great snack!

    Reply

  6. Toni Hoffa
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    Hi Mercedes!!! Struggling to figure out what orange candy melts are?!?!? Can you help a wannabe out? 🙂 Want to wow the Thanksgiving guests and no better place than here to find the best of the best!!!
    Thanks! Toni

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    • Mercedes
      Nov 05, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

      Hi Toni! I hope you are doing well! Candy melts come in different colors and you can find them at Michael’s for sure, or sometimes Walmart. If you can’t find them, using almond bark and adding a few drops of orange food coloring would work well too! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the snack mix!

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      • Toni Hoffa
        Nov 06, 2013 @ 7:24 am

        Thanks so much Mercedes!!! Miss seeing you and Dr. Peterson……

        Reply

  7. Toni Hoffa
    Nov 29, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    Made this for yesterday and everyone Raved about it!!! Thank you for sharing your talents – makes my get-togethers more special 🙂

    Reply

  8. Toni Hoffa
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    Pumpkin Spice M & M’s are back on the shelves!!! So ready for this recipe again 🙂

    Reply

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