Candy Corn Bugle Snack Mix

On Friday I tried to re-enter the world of exercise.

I was peer pressured into doing it by one of my sporty friends.

Do they not know me at all?

Well, this round of exercise was not a bike ride, not water aerobics and not a run.


It was the worst of them all…A Boot Camp.

Let’s let that marinate in your mind for a beat.


So, being the people-pleaser that I am I said I would go with her and give it a try.

Exercise in general is pretty much against my religion, but “Boot Camp” version of exercise is basically the same as me moving to a commune, deciding to become a sister-wife, and sewing my own clothes.


I had visions of a drill sergeant type wearing camo pants and a really tight T-shirt humiliating me, blowing his whistle and screaming insults while spit flew out of his mouth in my general direction.

Well, it didn’t go down that way.

When we arrived I was greeted by an itty-bitty, teeny-tiny girl who was no less than 8 months pregnant.

I exhaled, knowing that the 45 minutes to an hour I committed to, couldn’t possibly be that bad.

Yeah, wrong answer.

Little lady decided that her boot camp would be all “friendly-like”.  With an upbeat tone, she basically told us to do 7000 lunges and 9000 push ups.  Instead of yelling and spittle there was cheering and high-fiving.

I hated it.  Every second.

Bring whistle blowing drill sergeant out.  Him, I can deal with.  Insult me, please. Tell me I suck and that I can do better.

But do NOT get in my space and congratulate me on doing the worst lunges in the history of the lunge.  Say it straight-sister, my form is horrendous.  Plus, when you turn around I start counting by 5’s…and I know you know that.

Do not tell me I am almost there…do not tell me I am doing great.  I am NOT almost there, I have 3,500 lunges left.  I am not doing great, I am barely bending my knees.

At least with a drill sergeant he looks like he could whoop some butt…I know he could out-run me.  But when little 32 week pregnant lady blows by me, clapping and smiling…it’s kinda humiliating.

Apparently I do not respond well  to positive reinforcement.  I blame my parents.


Now, 2 days later I feel resentment because I can’t sit down on the toilet without the help of a handicap bar.  Going down the stairs takes me no less than 15 minutes and I am not 2 sizes smaller overnight, which is basically what I was expecting to happen.

The world owes me a handicap sticker for my car and some Ibuprofen.


Now that we have that out of the way I have some INTERNET friends (Callye, Glory and Kristan) that I’m thinking might know me better than my real-life friends.  Instead of boot camp they asked if I want to create something fun with Candy Corn.  Let me think about this..Boot Camp or Candy Corn…Candy Corn or Boot Camp.

Candy Corn is the winner.


I know that candy corn isn’t a favorite for everyone so I decided to take some liberty with the theme and do them candy corns up Bugle-style.

I have had quite a run with Bugles lately…Santa Hat Bugles, Party Hat Bugles, Peanut Butter/Chocolate Bugles…so why stop there?

These are super easy, all you need are some Bugles and orange, yellow and white candy melts.

Melt your colors one at a time.  Dip the orange first…

Then the yellow…

and finally the white…

Now, if you want to stop there it is really perfectly acceptable.  On their own, these dipped bugles are really good.

BUT if you want to go the extra mile (which, really, is against everything that I stand for) make a sweet and salty snack mix to put these in.  You can do it!!!

Yes, that’s better.  A whole handful of yum.  Bugles, popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, Rice Chex and M&M’s topped with a buttery, brown sugar sauce.  I’d run for that!

Now hop on over and check out the candy corn inspired treats my friends made:

Candy Corn Meringues at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse at Glorious Treats

and Slice and Bake Candy Corn cookies at Sweet Sugarbelle



Candy Corn Bugle Snack Mix

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  • 1 (3 oz bag) of buttered microwave popcorn, popped
  • 3 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups lightly salted, dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Mix popped popcorn, pretzels, peanuts and Chex in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt butter, sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and boil without stirring for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and pour over your popcorn mixture.
  5. Transfer to a large baking pan and bake for 30 minutes stirring 3 every 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and transfer to a parchment lined counter. Sprinkle you M&M’s on top and let cool. When cooled break into pieces.


If you are going to add the Bugles to this recipe, do so after the mix has completely cooled.


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Cookbook Queen

I am pretty sure I lost seven pounds just reading this post.

Also…what are these lunges you speak of?

Genius snack mix. Love it!!


This is a beautiful thing!


Sometimes my mom drags me to yoga, and I end up not being able to sit down unassisted for the next few days. At least with boot camp you are doing more than stretching!


Hilarious re-cap! Lunges aren’t my favorite exercise either. Working my arm muscles, by dipping potato chips into onion dip… perfect exercise. Anyway… love this snack mix… very creative use of the bugles!

Paula Hunt
I totally loved your post. I am participating in a 4 week Outdoor Boot Camp that meets 2 nights a week after work. I can so identify with the 7000 lunges. LOL Our first night we had to throw tires up around a set of cones and back (amongst other things). I have to admit it is the fastest hour of the day. Our instructor had a baby this summer and looks way better than I do (my son is 16). She is always hollering that we are “looking good”. I doubt that breathing through my mouth and drooling while… Read more »

So, yeah. I’m thinking I’ll just throw some Bugles into this mix and actual candy corn and save me the hassle of dipping my Bugles to look like candy corn. 😉 That’s my kind of cheating! Oh, and I totally get your Boot Camp pain. The chick that I’ve taken boot camp classes from is just like your chick. But I love her instead of wanting to smack her cuz she’s my oldest son’s former PE teacher.


I love the home made candy corn.


I did a Boot Camp 2 years ago and bought Epson salt by the half gallon! Don’t ask how it works, but add it to a hot bath and relax! Can’t go wrong with your Bugle Treats! So yummy 🙂

Such another cute idea from you! I have the recipes for the Apple Toffee Blondies, the Salted Caramel Butter Bars, the Chocolate Toffee Bars and the Peanut Butter Cup Krispies run off and ready to make this week. Now you post this fabulous treat and those Chocolate Peanut Butter Bugles…wow! I’m currently googling Boot Camps in my area because I’m sure going to need to enroll in one or two or three of them after all of these treats. Because you know I’m going to try them if I go to the trouble to make them. The End and thanks… Read more »
Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

What a great idea. My littles will love this!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

Two reason you are my favorite blogger right now: You hate boot camp and preppy exercise class instructors as much as me (plus write about it hilariously) and you made your OWN candy corn. That is awesome.

I love candy corn and peanuts together…best combination!!!

Amy K

The thought of Boot Camp has scared the daylights out of me. Candy corn…um yeah, the better option for me. 🙂

Guess what I saw in the paper yesterday? An ad for White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms, exclusively at Walmart! Doesn’t that sound Yummy???


I bought some of those Candy Corn white chocolate M&Ms and they are sooooo Good!!!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

Omg, boot camp is not fun if you haven’t been working out in a while. Yikes!

Love that you keep coming up with bugle recipes, I really need to buy some!


As soon as you mentioned “toilet” and “handicap bar”, I literally LOL’d. I have totally been there after I do “Pump” class, where a similarly tiny, perky woman teaches. You kinda laugh and cry as you try to sit because you can’t believe what an incredibly sad state your body’s in. Good thing I have delicious treats to cheer me up!

meaghan (the decorated cookie)

So perfect. I’m in the midst of posting about a million candy corn themed thingamajigs right now at Edible Crafts and these are in the bunch.


SO cute and smart! I’m still in love with your Christmas version with the bugle Santa hats. Still, both versions fill my heart with glee. 🙂

And WHOAH. I don’t think I’d be brave enough for bootcamp. The fact that your instructor was a perky pregnant lady is just… bizarre!! Haha, you can’t make this stuff up!


I hate it when I meet pregnant people who weigh a third of what I do, period. EMBARRASSING!
But I am glad that you are here making me laugh so that I’m not so crabby today!


This is why I usually like exercise in the privacy of my living room! And I’d go for candy corn boot camp over the exercise kind any day!!


Super cute!


What a fun fall mix! Love the Bugles! You are so creative!


AAAhahahahahah. i did boxer fit once. they made me jump rope. i thought i was gonna die for 2 days after. NEVER AGAIN!


There is nothing worse than a boot camp instructor who isn’t doing the lunges right along with you. At least then you know that both of you are suffering!


FUN snack mix! Yummers!!!


At least your fingers aren’t sore enough to make these. And how are you supposed to make it back to another workout when you can barely walk after all of those lunges? Great post I think almost anyone can relate to. What a fun idea with the bugles.

Erin @ Making Memories

These are awesome! So cute and creative!


The way you transform Bugles never ceases to amaze me.

Maybe I missed it somewhere, but do you know about how many cups this recipe makes? I’m interested in making it and sending it to my dad for a birthday treat and would like to know what size-ish container I need. He’s a cake-hater so I’m always trying to find something he’ll actually enjoy!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

Oh I feel your pain with the bootcamp, that is definitely not the time for a cheerleader happy instructor. It’s not fun and pretending that it is isn’t going to make it go by any faster.

Cristin (Pinkie)

I love your posts! You always crack me up so much! I love it when you exercise especially! You are so funny! Thanks for sharing your fun creations and your fun story! I’ve had many days where I feel like I might die if I have to lower my body onto a toilet. You’ll feel better soon – promise! Cristin (Pinkie) of Cristin’s Cookies

Jen of My Tiny Oven

You are freakin hilarious! I just snorted out loud, at work… awesome!


I don’t know what made me laugh more, your post or the comments on it. Too funny. Your candy mix however is seriously delicious.


how i wish i had a “friend” to drag me to boot camp, although i too would be feeling it for awhile! i haven’t had a bugle in years…you have spiked my interest…the opening photo is really beautiful!


TOO cute!!!!

Judith B.

Too, too funny….laughed so hard about the handicap railing…been there, done that. But I learned a lesson….never do that again!! ….and I haven’t.

Making your bugle treat for the upcoming Halloween – thanks!

I LOVE this post!!! I have to tell you that I totally feel you on this one. My boyfriend’s sister talked me into a boot camp… Not just one day, no – four days a week for four weeks. The lady’s website was all nice and made it sound like I would be BFF’s with my boot camp buddies, but they were all exercise freaks who had been going forever and did not require boot camp support. Needless to say I was a bit alone in my boot camp world. Luckily, I ended up with a back injury and couldn’t… Read more »
Allie {a teaspoon of LIFE}

Omg it’s so cute I can’t stand it!!!!


FYI: I am 58 now. All my friends that nagged me to run, jog, or do aerobics for years have had their knees and/or hips replaced. Like most things, cartilage is only good for so many miles. It wears out. Three of them have had heart attacks, several are diabetic, one died in his car outside his gym after his weekly handball game. I’m still getting around just fine on my original parts. Think of that while you are aimlessly running. Parts wear out.


I’m planning a Candy Corn Post for October, would you mind if I used one picture and linked back to your page? I would love to include this great idea. Thanks!

anisfavoritethings at gmail dot com


Hi I just wanted to let you know that i Loved your treat idea and i shared it with my followers with a link back here to your recipe. 🙂

Have a great day. Here is the post link


I stumbled onto your site from a link from I started reading your blog. Your recap was hilarious and some of the other writings you’ve posted on here are just as funny. Thanks for the laughs and the fantastic recipes – love the Snicker’s popcorn recipe too!

I love your writing style, thoughts, and yeah I go to boot camp too! You know you see a picture of really fit people in boot camp, and one that looks out of shape and heavy, yeah that is me… would rather do finger candy corn cones than orange cones at boot camp! My instructor is a guy, inspirational, which is good because I am usually on the verge of tears when I arrive at 5:30 am… but the early hour, I figure I am still asleep and not sure what I am doing. My instructor is a former fatty,… Read more »
Denise McCarther

OK, I just found your blog and when I read this post I spit my coffee out I was laughing so hard. I am going thru your posts and I am a new follower!

Keep these yummy things coming!

Jan McNiece

I am thinking about making cupcakes that use chocolate covered bugles on top of an upside down fudge-striped cookie…this is supposed to resemble a witch’s hat. I cannot figure out how to dip the bugles in the melted chocolate without touching them and smearing the coating while setting it on the cookie. Also, it calls for star sprinkles to be applied to the coated bugle immediately after dipping. The magazine picture makes it look easy but I cannot figure it out…any suggestions?