Frito Snack Mix

Frito Snack Mix is a salty/sweet masterpiece! It might sound crazy, but coating Fritos in a sweet caramel sauce and then baking it is just about the best thing to do with a Frito since the Frito Pie was invented! 

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Frito Snack mix on a baking sheet with M&Ms, Fritos, pretzels, and chex cereal

Frito Snack Mix Is The Ultimate Salty/Sweet Treat!

I am obsessed with snack mixes…give me any bowl of a salty/sweet combo and it doesn’t stand a chance.

This snack mix is incredibly easy to make! You might wonder how Fritos worked their way into a sweet snack, but the sweet caramel coating on the salty corn chip is really, REALLY delicious.

This is one of those snacks that will sit in a bowl in front of you and an hour later is completely gone! It’s perfect for parties, gift-giving, tailgating…or any occasion. AND it will definitely make an impression on people…be prepared to share the recipe!

Fritos, chex mix, pretzels coated in caramel close up

Ingredients:

  • Fritos
  • Rice Chex Cereal
  • Pretzel Twists
  • Nuts. Pecans or cashews are my favorite!
  • M&Ms
  • Light brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Light corn syrup

 

 

The Easy Steps To Make This Snack Mix:

  1. Combine the Fritos, Chex, Pretzels and nuts in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Caramel: In a small saucepan melt sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat.  Let mixture come to a boil and then boil for 4 minutes without stirring.
  3. Remove the caramel from the heat and pour over Frito mixture in the bowl. Stir it carefully, but evenly to make sure it’s all coated.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a large roasting pan, or sheet pan. Bake it for 8 minutes and then remove it to stir, then bake for another 8 minutes.
  5. Spread wax or parchment paper onto your counter and then spread the mixture out on that to cool, breaking any large clumps.
  6. Sprinkle M&Ms on top when the mixture is warm but not hot so the M&Ms stick to the caramel.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Salty sweet snack mix in a bowl with pretzels, chex and Fritos.

Other Add-In Ideas:

The great thing about snack mixes is that you can really get creative with your mix-ins. Here are some fun ideas of things to add:

  • Peanut M&Ms. Omit the nuts in the recipe and use these!
  • Raisins.
  • Chopped Peanut Butter Cups
  • Any other type of cereal you prefer.
  • Peanut Butter filled pretzel nuggets

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Frito Snack Mix

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category Category: Snack Mix
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Snack

Description:

These easy salty/sweet snack mix sounds crazy but is over the top delicious!


Ingredients:

  • 1 (10.5 oz) bag of Fritos
  • 2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Pretzel Twists
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts.  I used walnuts, but peanuts, cashews or mixed nuts would work great
  • 1 cup of mini M&Ms
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine Fritos, Chex, Pretzels and nuts.  Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan melt sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat.  Let mixture come to a boil and then boil for 4 minutes without stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and pour over Frito mixture, stirring to coat evenly.
  5. Transfer mix to a large roasting pan and bake for 8 minutes.  Remove to stir and bake for an additional 8 minutes.
  6. When done baking transfer to a wax paper lined counter and let cool completely breaking large clumps.
  7. Sprinkle M&Ms on top when the mixture is warm but not hot so the M&Ms stick to the caramel.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Notes:

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Keywords:: cookies and cups, snack mix, fritos

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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