Orange Pumpkin Pie Snack Mix – Blue Ribbon State Fair Winner!

This recipe was submitted by Beth Seuferer, West Des Moines, for our Sweet And Salty Snack Mix in the 2013 State Fair and took home the blue ribbon!

INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup granola
1 Cup “Bugles”
1/2 Cup Corn Chex Cereal
1/2 Cup Rice Chex Cereal
1/2 Cup pretzel rings
1/2 Cup peanuts
1/2 Cup almonds, roasted
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp corn syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp Nutmeg, ground
1/4 tsp Cloves, ground
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Orange Extract

STEPS:
Combine all the (non-spice) dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the butter, sugar, syrup, and spices in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil 1 minute, then remove saucepan from heat. Add vanilla and orange extracts and stir gently to just combine.

Pour melted spice/butter/sugar mixture over the cereal/snack mixture and toss to coat. Bake the snack mix on a foil-lined baking sheet pan at 250 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir snack mixture after 10 minutes. Allow mixture to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.