A sweet and salty treat, my Monster Munch Halloween Snack Mix will appeal to both kids and adults. It only takes a few minutes to whip up, and this crispy, crunchy snack mix will quickly become a family favorite.
Whether you are making this munch mix for a party or just a quiet evening at home, it’s sure to please your big and little monsters. Even the most ghoulish neighborhood ghosts and goblins will love this delicious Halloween treat.
Why you will love this recipe:
- Did I mention it only takes ten minutes to make?
- It’s versatile; you can use your favorite candy and your family’s favorite snacks.
- This festive party mix may become a new fun Halloween tradition and is so easy even your kids can make it.
- You can leave the candy out and have a flavorful snack mix that is perfect for any occasion.
Here’s what’s in it:
You will need Cheez-its, Bugles, pretzels, peanuts, vegetable oil, and a package of dry ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix. You will also need two cups of a Halloween themed candy, such as candy corn.
Here’s how to make this recipe:
Combine the Cheez-its, Bugles, pretzels, and nuts in a gallon-size plastic storage bag or large bowl.
Drizzle the vegetable oil over the mixture and shake the bag gently, or toss it if in a bowl, to coat the mixture evenly.
Add the dry Ranch dressing mix and shake again, or toss it if in a bowl, to coat the mixture evenly.
When you are ready to serve it, place the snack mix in a bowl, and add the candy.
You can replace my snack ingredients with your favorite snacks or dry cereal like Chex Mix, popcorn, Goldfish, mini Wheat Thins, oyster crackers, sesame sticks, etc.; you get the idea. Plus, you can even make it gluten-free by substituting gluten-free snacks.
Instead of peanuts, feel free to substitute roasted pecans like I did, almonds, pistachios, or a nut mix.
As far as candy, shop the grocery store candy aisle to find your favorite candy. Candy corn is always a favorite, as are mellow creme or jelly pumpkins. Orange and black jelly beans, skittles, or M&Ms are also a great choice. I sometimes include edible candy eyeballs to give it a little personality. Or, you can leave the candy out altogether.
Storage and leftovers:
You can make it ahead and store your Monster Munch Halloween Snack Mix in a tightly sealed Ziploc plastic storage bag on your kitchen counter for up to a week. I think it keeps better if you wait to add the candy until right before you are ready to serve it, but I’ve stored it with and without the candy, and it still stays fresh for over a week.
This recipe calls for a package of dry Ranch salad dressing mix. Do not use the liquid salad dressing.
A one-ounce package of dry Ranch dressing equals about two tablespoons.
More Halloween recipes:
Have fun this Halloween with these fun and easy recipes: Jalapeno Mummies, Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs, Witches Brew Halloween Punch, Easy Halloween Meringue Ghosts, and Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip.
Need more menu suggestions, check out all of my Halloween recipes here, or my roundup post: 50+ Spooktacurarly Cute and Easy Halloween Treats and Party Recipes.
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Monster Munch Halloween Snack Mix Recipe
- 2½ cups Cheez-its
- 2½ cups Bugles
- 2½ cups pretzels small or mini
- 1 cup peanuts salted or unsalted
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil I use peanut oil
- 1 ounce dry Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix
- 2 cups assorted Halloween candy
- Combine the Cheez-its, Bugles, pretzels, and peanuts in a gallon-size plastic storage bag or large bowl.
- Drizzle the vegetable oil over the mixture and shake the bag gently, or toss it if in a bowl, to coat the mixture evenly.
- Add the dry Ranch dressing mix and shake again, or toss it if in a bowl, to coat the mixture evenly.
- When you are ready to serve it, place the snack mix in a bowl, and add the candy.