Monday, December 3, 2012

Popcorn Party Mix

Popcorn Party Mix

Things I love: snacks, holiday favorites, classic favoritespopcorn. (Not limited to, and not in that order.)

You know what this Popcorn Party Mix is?  It’s all four of the above-named favorites.  I posted my recipe for Classic Party Mix last year and in that post, I mentioned that it’s something about putting up the tree and listening to Trans Siberian Orchestra Pandora station that makes me crave party mix.  Once again, I couldn’t get this salty, savory snack out of my mind.

I decided that this year, the classic needed a new twist.  I have had fun this year creating fun popcorn flavors (see: buffalo-parmesan; sriracha-ginger-sesame; salted caramel-cashew) so of course this idea seemed only natural.  Are you afraid the popcorn will be soggy?  Don’t be; I was afraid too.  There is plenty of other stuff to help soak up the butter, the oven dries it out a bit, and the longer it sits, the better it gets.

I understand the need to keep some things classic.  But for this one, I’m going to go ahead say a new twist is not really a bad thing.  At all.

Popcorn Party Mix

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Popcorn Party Mix Recipe

Yield: 12 cups

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Classic party mix flavors with a not-so-classic twist: popcorn!

Ingredients:

6 cups popped popcorn, plain
3 cups pretzels
2 cups mixed nuts
1 cup peanuts
3/4 cup (12-tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp. seasoned salt
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Combine the popcorn, pretzels, mixed nuts and peanuts in a large bowl.

Place the butter in a large roasting pan and heat in the oven until the butter is melted (even if the oven isn’t to temperature yet, it will still melt the oven and you can save one dirty dish. Remove when melted and add the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper and mix well. Pour in the popcorn-pretzel-nut mixture and use your hands to make sure it is fully coated in the butter/seasoning mixture.

Bake in the 250 degree oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

While the mix bakes, line two large baking sheets with wax paper. After 30 minutes, remove the mix from the oven, stir one last time and then lay out in one even layer on the two baking sheets, dividing evenly. Let the mixture cool for about an hour at room temperature. Store in an airtight container.
Cassie’s Notes:
If you use a blend of mixed nuts that has peanuts, you can use three cups of that mix.

Adapted from my Classic Party Mix

Popcorn Party Mix

 

42 Responses to “Popcorn Party Mix”

  1. #
    Parsley Sage — December 3, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    Garlic and spicy cayenne?! Brilliant! This just got added to my ‘X-Mas Headgear Decorating’ party menu :)

  2. #
    DessertForTwo — December 3, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    I love love love the sound of this! Worcestershire?! YUMM! :)

  3. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — December 3, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    I totally love mixes like this! It looks awesome!

  4. #
    Rachel Cooks — December 3, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Oh Cassie. You know I love this! YUM!

  5. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 3, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    considering popcorn has been my dinner more often than I’d like to share (2 full bags all to myself – i am not ashamed!), it’s fun to find recipes using my favorite snack (meal?) of choice! The worcestershire sauce – love the flavor it lends to party mixes. Love this recipe Cassie, I wouldn’t be able to stop picking at it!

  6. #
    Amanda — December 3, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    You are so darn creative! I love that I can make this and travel with it… lets just hope it makes it to grandma’s house. We might eat it all up! :)

  7. #
    Cookin' Canuck — December 3, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Your savory popcorn mixes sound fantastic! Sriracha and ginger? Hello!

  8. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 3, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I love anything that has ‘party’ in the title! SOLD!

  9. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 3, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Can we ever have enough party mix? I think not. YUM! Also, cheers to traditions of music + treats while decorating. It’s mint chocolate cookies + Burl Ives for me :-)

  10. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 3, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    All over this. And under it. And in it. And around it. And AND AND.

  11. #
    Kathryn — December 3, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I bet every mouthful of this is completely delicious and just that little bit different. Love this idea!

  12. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — December 3, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I wouldn’t mind if this were my breakfast, lunch OR dinner in addition to my snack :) this popcorn mix rules and looks so delicious!

  13. #
    Cookbook Queen — December 3, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    I love a good party mix…YUMMMY!!!!

  14. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 3, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Can I come to this party? Pretty please??

  15. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 3, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Now you have me craving party mix! This variety sounds highly addictive!

  16. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 3, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    Love this party mix, Cassie! Perfect seasonings!

  17. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — December 3, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I don’t know if I would be able to stop eating this once I started.

  18. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 3, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    I absolutely love all of your party mixes that you post and this is just another to add to my Must Make List!

  19. #
    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — December 3, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    This looks so good! Adding it to my list of gifts to make for Christmas!

  20. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 3, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Keep me away from this! I would devour the whole thing. Popcorn is my BFF, right after party and snack mixes. Basically there isn’t a chex/snack/party mix I don’t love!

  21. #
    fabiola@notjustbaked — December 3, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    The combination of spices is looking pretty tasty. And fresh popped popcorn makes it a keeper! Such a great and sweet gift to give. Thank you!

  22. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — December 3, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    I could easily eat an entire jar of this in one sitting! Perfect for gifts, too! Love this one, Cassie ;)

  23. #
    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — December 3, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Oh wow what a yummy idea! I’m not much of a snacker but can never resist popcorn or party mixes:)

  24. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 3, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    This looks wonderful, Cassie! Love party mix!

  25. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 3, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    This is so much better than anything bagged!

  26. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 3, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    What a fabulous snack recipe!

  27. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 3, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    Snacks are my ultimate weakness, no matter what time of day! And these look dangerous! I’d eat bags and bags and bags of this nonstop!

  28. #
    carrian — December 3, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    stop being awesome!!! My kiddos are sitting next to me begging for this.

  29. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 3, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    This is a definite on my list to try!

  30. #
    Meghan — December 3, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    A new twist is a wonderful thing! I don’t think I’d be able to stop eating this once I started! A must make for the holidays!

  31. #
    Angie — December 4, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    What a perfect gift for the holidays!

  32. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — December 4, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    It would be hard to give these away, I’d want to eat them all myself! :)

  33. #
    Tracey — December 4, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Yep, this would definitely be a huge hit at my family’s holiday party! Little snacks you can nibble on like this are the best!

  34. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 4, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    You have me craving a big bowl of this popcorn now! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  35. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — December 4, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    I love party mixes too Cassie, they are so addictive!

  36. #
    Aggie — December 4, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Oh yes, I’m loving this! I love party snack mixes!! Especially with popcorn :)

  37. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 4, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Yes! This sounds fabulously flavorful and FUN. I love all your snack mix ideas!

  38. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — December 6, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I just made a snack mix yesterday, and now I wish I put popcorn in there! I guess Ill have to make more! :) This looks ahhhhmazing!

  39. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — December 6, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    love it–this sounds fantastic!

  40. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 7, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    Love a good party mix — I don’t think I’ve ever put popcorn in mine though. Will have to try this!

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