Caramel Snack Mix

I was at a party once where someone served what I thought was the tastiest snack I’d ever had. I feel like that with about every new snack I try. This one was a Caramel Snack Mix and I knew within minutes of trying it that I had to make some! And of course, any time I make something myself, that means I have to embellish the recipe some too.

Sweet Cheerio Caramel Snack Mix

It’s a personal problem. I’m working through it with my therapist, Dr. Paul Weston. OK. Not really because he’s the fictional therapist from the HBO show In Treatment. But if I were to have a therapist, I would want it to be him.

He seems to be a really good therapist. Do you think he could help someone who has trouble following recipes? Our conversation would go something like this:

Marly: Dr. Weston, I have a problem.
Paul: Well, Marly, that’s what we’re here to talk about.
Marly:  The recipe for this caramel snack mix only called for cheerios, but I thought it would be better with some variety. I added pretzels and peanuts. What’s a snack mix without peanuts, right? Well, then I noticed I had some roasted soybeans and I thought that “sagey” green color would be a nice addition. And then I just had to go over the top and add colorful sprinkles. You must think I’m so ridiculous.
Paul: Why do you think that?
Marly: Because it’s so, I dunno, garish to add sprinkles to a caramel snack mix, don’t you think?
Paul:  [tilts head to the side while thinking] You seem to be worried about what I think. How would it make you feel if I said that I liked sprinkles in a caramel mix?
Marly: I would be relieved. Like somehow I mattered in this crazy world. Like maybe my mother loved me after all!
Paul: Good, now why don’t you tell me about your relationship with your mother…”

The part about mothers was thrown in for dramatic effect. What’s a conversation with a therapist without some dabbling of tragic parent/child relationship issues thrown in?

Sweet Cheerio Caramel Snack Mix

Sweet Cheerio Caramel Snack Mix

Maybe instead of the therapist route, I could make it a New Year’s goal to follow recipes. OK. Here goes: I vow from this point forward to follow recipes to a tee.

But how boring would that be? I think instead I’ll just embrace my creativity!

Sweet Cheerio Caramel Snack Mix

Well, I’m glad that’s done with. Now, I think I’ll make more of this Caramel Snack Mix. Except this time maybe I’ll try adding popcorn too! (I’m hopeless, I know!)

5 from 1 vote
Sweet Cheerio Snack Mix
Caramel Crunch Cheerios Snack Mix
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Stop and smell the Caramel Snack Mix cooking up in your kitchen. This super easy recipe is a family favorite and plays well with guests too!
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 252 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
  • 1 stick dairy free margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white corn syrup
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup Pretzel pieces
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup of a favorite snack food like roasted soynuts, raisins, or even popcorn
  • Sprinkles optional
  1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray and set aside.
  2. Place stick of margarine in a saucepan and cook on medium low until melted. Add syrup and brown sugar and cook on medium heat 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and add soda and vanilla. Add the cheerios, pretzel pieces and nuts and stir to coat evenly.
  4. Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet and place in 200 degree oven for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  5. Allow the snack mix to cool and then break into pieces by hand.
Nutrition Facts
Caramel Crunch Cheerios Snack Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 331mg 14%
Potassium 411mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 35g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 17.7%
Vitamin C 3.4%
Calcium 10.4%
Iron 29.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



This post has been updated with new photos. Here’s one of the old photos. It’s a nice clear and colorful shot, but we wanted it in a larger size for our evolving food photography standards.

Caramel Snack Mix is colorful and fun for the holidays!

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12 Responses to Caramel Snack Mix

  1. Tiffany @ Conor & Bella

    I like it with the sprinkles! If I made it, I would definitely add them.

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  3. Marly, you made me laugh out loud with that part about caring for what others think in reference to your mother-too funny! Oh, and this mix does look delicious, and I have to say that I also approve of the sprinkles. Zaniness is good:-)

  4. This was SO FUNNY!

  5. This looks great, but dangerous:)

  6. Now, why would anyone want to follow the recipe to a tee? Boring! 😉 I would never have thought to add sprinkles to snack mix but I love the idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Yum. That looks really, really good. And just the perfect treat to replace all of my gluttonous holiday eating with. Not. 🙂 I’m glad you were able to work through some of your issues with this recipe, Marly. Very cathartic of you. 🙂

  8. Oooh that looks like one tasty snack. I’m glad you felt the need to tweak the recipe–I share that compulsion to never follow a recipe exactly as it’s written–because I’m digging your addition of crunch and color. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Smile. Ryan and I just started watching In Treatment last month. We are really enjoying it. This snack looks highly ADDICTIVE. I would have a hard time not devouring the entire batch. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I hope you are having a day of love and joy.

  10. Mmm looks great, sounds delicious, and I love the colorful sprinkles. Happy New Year, Marly!

  11. The sprinkles are perfect, festive, perfect for the holiday season. I would like a bowl all for myself, please.

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