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Peanut Butter Monster Munch Halloween Party Mix

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What do you get when you mix peanut butter, pretzels, candy corn, and more? A delicious Halloween party mix called Peanut Butter Monster Munch.
Peanut Butter Monster Munch Halloween Party Mix on parchment paper in a pan

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The inspiration for this monster munch mix comes from my favorite movie theatre treat. I like to mix together buttered movie theatre popcorn with Reese’s Pieces while taking in a flick. It is the absolute best combination of sweet and salty! 

So to make this Halloween snack mix, I took that flavor profile to the next level—mixing together popcorn, Reese’s Pieces, salted peanuts, pretzels, and everyone’s favorite fall candy—candy corn. And then I slathered it all in a peanut butter caramel coating and topped it with an orange candy drizzle and sprinkles. Let’s do this!

Peanut butter monster munch on parchment paperIngredients for Peanut Butter Monster Munch Halloween Party Mix in individual bowls - popcorn, peanut butter, Reese's Pieces, candy corn

What do I need to make this monster munch?

For the mix, we recommend popcorn, mini pretzels, roasted peanuts, candy corn, and Reese’s Pieces. If you’d like, you swap in other small candies instead: candy eyes would be fun and spooky, and M&Ms would be delicious! 

For the coating, you’ll need:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Candy melts (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

We used orange candy melts, but green and black would be festive, too!

Peanut butter sauce being drizzled onto the dry ingredients for Peanut Butter Monster Munch Halloween Party Mix

A peanut butter Halloween snack mix—some is on the countertop, and some are in a dark serving dish.

How do I make this snack mix?

To make peanut butter monster munch:

  1. Mix the popcorn, pretzels, peanuts, and candies and then spread them onto two large and rimmed baking sheets. 
  2. Melt the butter over medium-high heat, and stir in the honey and sugar. Stop stirring, and cook until the mixture smells caramelized and looks darker in color (more on knowing when this is done in a sec!).
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, peanut butter, and heavy cream.
  4. Drizzle the peanut butter sauce over the dry ingredients, and toss to coat.
  5. (Optional) If you want to be extra festive, drizzle with melted candy melts and sprinkles. 
  6. Let the monster munch cool so that the peanut butter caramel sets, and then transfer to serving bowls. You may need to break up some of the larger pieces.

Halloween snack mix drizzled with peanut butterOverhead shot of Peanut Butter Monster Munch Halloween Party Mix on a sheet pan

How do I know when the caramel is done cooking?

When it comes to the texture of the final mix, you have a bit of flexibility with this recipe. If you want it to be crunchy and crispy like standard caramel corn, you can cook the peanut butter caramel coating a bit longer to the hard crack stage (about 300°F, but I don’t have a candy thermometer, so I just use the ole water glass trick). If you want it a bit fudgier, just cook it until the soft crack stage (about 280°F). I like it this way because a lot of the elements are still crunchy—the peanuts, pretzels, Reese’s pieces—but the whole mix is a bit creamier. It’s a bit like a candy bark that way. Both ways work (although I would say the hard crack would be best for putting in cute little baggies and distributing as gifts). Whatever bakes your cookie. Or caramels your corn.

Enjoy! Happy Halloween!

 
Peanut Butter Monster Munch Halloween Party Mix on parchment paper in a pan

Peanut Butter Monster Munch Halloween Party Mix

Yield: 24 servings (about 15 cups)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

PLEASE NOTE: After feedback from readers, we have reworked this recipe and rewritten it to be more consistently successful in your kitchen. The following is the updated recipe.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 3 cups mini-twist pretzels
  • 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Orange candy melts and sprinkles (optional), for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix the popcorn, pretzels, peanuts, candy corn, and Reese’s Pieces in a very large bowl and spread out onto two large rimmed baking pans.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the honey and sugar and stir until smooth. Stop stirring, allow the mixture to come to a boil, and cook for about 5 minutes, tilting the pan occasionally to make sure there are no signs of burning. The mixture should smell caramelized and be a bit darkened in color. Remove from the heat and carefully stir in the peanut butter, salt, and heavy cream.
  3. Quickly drizzle the peanut butter caramel over the party mix on the sheet pans, then toss to coat with two large spoons. Drizzle with melted orange candy melts and sprinkle with sprinkles, if using. Let the party mix cool on the sheet pans, then transfer to bowls for serving, breaking up any large pieces if needed.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Sara

    This recipe is super easy to make and very delicious. I followed it exactly and we got two perfect batches! The kids are excited to have it at their Halloween Party on Saturday! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Yay! Thanks so much, Sara! We appreciate you taking the time to come back and tell us about how it worked out for you. We’re so happy to hear that it’s a hit with you and the kids! =)

  2. Tracie

    This has a great flavor but my mix never dried out so the popcorn was a little soggy and nothing stuck together- does anyone get a batch that has to be broken up? I will definitely use less popcorn and let the butter/honey/sugar mixture boil longer if I make this again. I had no trouble with making the caramel and adding the PB after boiling for 5 minutes.

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