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Candy Corn Bugle Snack Mix

A festive halloween snack for those who don’t like candy corn! Fake it ’til you make it with this yummy Bugle candy corn snack mix!

Side view of Candy Corn Bugle Snack Mix in a glass dish

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.

How to Make Bugle Candy Corn

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

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Candy Corn Bugle Snack Mix

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  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


A festive halloween snack for those who don’t like candy corn! Fake it ’til you make it with this yummy Bugle candy corn snack mix!


  • 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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49 comments on “Candy Corn Bugle Snack Mix”

  1. 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, which makes think there is hope…

    Love your recipe… and your sense of humor!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 continue after week 2. Exercise is dangerous!

    Anywho I love this idea and I think I’m going to try in and sneak some real candy corns in with the bugel imposters 🙂 (I’m addicted to candy corn and it’s acceptable this time of year)

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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