You guys: I have an addiction and it is to this Fritos mix. Every time I walk by the bowl, I sneak a piece. No matter when it is, or if I’ve just eaten, there is always room for this. Snack mix, in general, is my go-to snack. Whether it be sweet, salty or sweet and salty, I love it all. I could live off snack mix.
This Fritos mix is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The star of the show is, understandably, the Fritos. These little salty corn chips are so addictive, especially when you combine them with the butter and brown sugar coating that goes over the mix. The peanuts add a nutty element and they make this mix have a peanut brittle feel to it. The Chex are the balancer and my favorite part. They are neither sweet or salty so when you combine the Chex with the coating, it tastes like candy. It’s irresistible.
Fritos mix tips:
This recipe calls for corn Chex but rice Chex or Crispix would also work well.
- You can use any flavor peanuts you like. I used dry roasted in my mix but you could use unsalted, honey roasted or regular salted peanuts.
- You can experiment with other kinds of cereal or mix-ins. Cheerios would be a great substitute for the Chex or a great addition along with the Chex. You could also use a different kind of nut, like cashews or almonds. This mix is so versatile that anything would taste great.
- For even more sweetness, you could drizzle melted chocolate over the mix when it comes out of the oven, or sprinkle some chocolate candies over the top.
This makes a ton of snack mix, so it is great for parties and get togethers. We kept a big bowl at home and my husband took one to work with him.
Enjoy this sweet and salty mix!
- 1 12 oz box of corn Chex*
- 1 16 oz container of peanuts
- 1 9.25 oz bag Fritos
- 1 ¼ cup butter
- 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup lite corn syrup
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- Combine the Chex, Fritos and peanuts and divide into 2 bowls.
- In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle in the baking soda. THIS WILL BUBBLE! Give the mix a stir and pour half the mix into each bowl. Stir until all pieces are coated.
- Transfer the mix onto large cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and spread out evenly. Bake at 250 for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let it cool completely before you eat it! (This will be the hardest part :))
*I got my box of corn cereal from Aldi and it was a 14oz box. It worked just fine.