Sweet & Salty Popcorn Mix

Addictive and completely delicious is the perfect desciption.  I think this is the best snack mix I have made to date.  I’m warning you, it’s impossible to stop eating.

The sweet and salty really comes through and the wasabi peas, which are normally too hot for me to eat, become these vehicles for delivering a sweet crunch in every bite.

This is your new game-night party mix, better than what you can buy in stores and keeps wonderfully for two weeks in an airtight container.

Make it today!

Sweet & Salty Popcorn Mix
Adapted from Food Network

Cooking Spray
5 cups light buttered popcorn
5 cups assorted Japanese rice crackers (not fish flavor)
1-1/2 cups cocktail peanuts
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1-1/2 cups wasabi peas
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup dark or light corn syrup
1 stick unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 2250 F.  Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.  Toss the popcorn, rice crackers, peanuts, seeds and peas in a large bowl.

Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then cook, stirring, until thick, about 1 more minute.  Remove from the heat.  Carefully stir in the vanilla and baking soda (the caramel will bubble).

Pour the hot caramel over the popcorn mixture and stir with a metal spoon. (Don’t worry if the caramel is too thick to coat the mix; it will melt in the oven.)  Spread on the prepared baking sheets; bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until evenly coated, 45 minutes.  Let cool completely.  Break into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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  1. This looks so tasty! I can see myself starting in on a bowl of this and not stopping until it is empty. :)

  2. Andrea 2

    Yum! My favorite easy [lazy] sweet & salty popcorn is: 1 big bowl popcorn drizzled in butter & maple syrup (a little goes a long way) and sprinkled with sea salt. Your recipe sounds divine!!

  3. Di 3

    I’d be all over this recipe if I weren’t wearing braces on my teeth… but I’d be picking it out for a week! Really does look yummy and will pass this recipe on to friends!


  4. YUM! I will be making this soon! Thank you!

  5. I love to mix cheese corn and caramel corn so I know I would love this yummy sounding combination!

  6. Nothing quite like a good sweet-salty combination. Always addicitve. This has to be the most creative. Rice crackers and wasabi peas with caramel corn? Brilliant!

  7. Aubrey 7

    I have to say I have been following your blog for over a year now and I LOVE it! You have the tastiest recipes and the most beautiful pictures. Your life looks so perfect :)

  8. carrie 8

    I’ve never seen anything like that. I bet i could eat the whole bowl by myself ;)

  9. I love this addictive combination!

  10. Katie 10

    That looks WAY too good. I can see myself chowing down the whole bowl on my own!

  11. Kim in MD 11

    YUM! This looks like the perfect movie snack! I love the different flavors- especially the wasabi peas! You are a genius, Cathy! :-)

  12. Mrs L 12

    This sounds so much better than the Food Network suggestion of Caramel Corn and dried strawberries.

  13. Katie 13

    This popcorn mix looks delicious and so, so addictive. I’m nervous to make it because I think I’ll devour it all!

  14. Joanne 14

    Made this last night. Very Very easy. and tasted good too.


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