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Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

This sweet and salty snack mix is perfect for when you want to munch but don’t know what you want. It’s also good to have on the table when you have a gathering.

3 bowls of sweet and salty snack mix

Whether you’re setting the snack table before a dinner party or hosting game night, this snack is ideal.

You can basically put anything in it that is bite-sized and crunchy. Start with some of my suggestions and gradually add or change out other yummy treats.

Seasonal Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

Change out some of the ingredients for each season. You can do autumn colors during the fall and Christmas colors after Thanksgiving.

Candy corn and M&Ms are great for adding the colors you might want.

General snack mix
General snack mix
Fall Mix
Holiday snack mix

More Delicious Treats

I enjoy having a variety of snacks for guests because they take the edge off of hunger. Another similar treat is this Chex party mix that I make without the wheat Chex to keep it gluten-free.

I also like having a bowl of nuts like these roasted pecans. No matter how many you make, they’ll disappear quickly. So you might want to put out half at first and wait a while before adding the rest.

Another fun treat guests will love is a batch of these muddy buddies from my friend Julie’s blog.

If you’re getting the kids involved, make these caramel apple grapes. They’re delicious and a lot of fun!

If you really want to impress your guests, make some of this spinach dip. It’s super easy, but it tastes like you spent hours making it.

Ingredients You’ll Need

You can use any or all of the ingredients I added. Start with Bugles, toffee popcorn, caramel corn, banana chips, pretzels, peanuts, and a variety of colorful candy.

You can also add different cereals, including Chex or Cheerios.

Sweet and salty snack mix ingredients, including toffee popcorn, caramel corn, bugles, banana chips, pretzels, peanuts, candy corn, and M&Ms

How to Make a Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

I like to start out with the salty items first, with equal amounts of each item. Then I add the sweets.

Since I prefer salty over sweet, I go lighter on the candy. However, if this is for someone who is a sugar junkie, go heavier on the sweets.

Sweet and Salty Snack Mix for Parties

If you’re hosting a party with a lot of guests, why not have a party mix bar? It’s easy and fun, and the people will get what they want.

First, set everything out in bowls. You’ll need to have at least a half dozen different items, but I recommend offering as many as you can. Make sure to have scoops and spoons in each of the bowls.

Finally, give each person a bowl or party bag to fill. Leave the bowls of goodies out so they can refill their stash when they run low.

Children’s Party Snack Mix

For children’s parties, it’s fun to have this same arrangement. However, you’ll need stricter rules to keep it fair and to prevent them from only getting candy.

One way to do this is to start out with the salty items. Then only allow each child to get one spoonful of each that they pour into treat bags you give them before they begin.

Pretzels, peanuts, Chex, and bugles for the sweet and salty snack mix

Next, direct them to a table with the sweet items. Have similar directions for this segment. If you have extras left, you can let the children make a second pass to get more of what they like.

Candy corn and M&Ms for the sweet and salty snack mix

Not only will the kids love eating the treats, but they’ll also enjoy the activity of loading their own goodie bags. You can either let them eat the snacks during the party or send them home as party favors.

Seal each bag with a twist tie and then top them off with colorful ribbons.

More Recipes

For more delicious treats, try one or all of these 5 yummy cookie recipes. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

You’ll also love these slow cooker ranch nuts. They’re packed with nutty flavor and just enough seasoning.

If you enjoy discovering new recipes, check out Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

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