Filed Under: Child, Pregnancy, snack, Under 20 Mins

Movie-Night Snack Mix

Some crave salty, some crave sweet - this treat satisfies both

March 13th, 2008

Recipe by Leeanne Wright

"It was a fun activity to do as a family and the kids loved helping out. Some of the popcorn melted when we put on the hot topping." Lyann Moffat, mom of Warren, 15, Samantha, 10, Mackenzie, 8, Jessica, 5, and Liam, 3, Orleans, Ont.
Makes 11 cups
Prep Time
Prep 15 min
On the table 45 min
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 10 cups popcorn (80 g bag microwavable Smart Pop is recommended)
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups multigrain Life cereal
  • 1 cup each thin pretzel sticks and Goldfish crackers (or any small cheese cracker)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and Tabasco sauce (optional)
  • 1 tsp each garlic powder and seasoning salt
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, combine almonds and popcorn.

  3. In a small pot over low heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Stir in maple syrup and increase heat. Cook until syrup bubbles, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla, then baking soda. (Mixture should look frothy.) Immediately pour over popcorn and almonds. Mix well. Spread popcorn mix on sheet pan.

  4. In a bowl, combine cereal, pretzels and crackers.

  5. Melt remaining butter and whisk in remaining ingredients. Pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat. Spread on second sheet pan.

  6. Place both sheet pans in oven and bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool on pans to harden toppings, and combine in a large bowl to serve.

Nutrients Per Serving

252 calories, 13 g fat, 506 mg calcium, 334 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 4 g fibre, 6 g protein; good source of magnesium, iron and zinc.

Movie-Night Snack Mix
Photo by Edward Pond