Salted Pretzel Snickers Vanilla Caramel Corn + the Cutest DIY Game Day Mason Jars

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Growing up, my mom always celebrated football days with great food and drinks. Now that we’re a family of our own, I’m carrying on the tradition here in North Carolina. Finger foods and snacks you can easily scoop up handfuls of are top priority on game day, and this year, salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn (say that three times fast!) has become a top contender in our house.

How to make your new favorite game day salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn. This sweet and salty mixture is just TOO GOOD. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

The sweet and salty from the caramel and pretzels, hints of peanut and chocolate swirled into the mixture – that melt ever-so-slightly when coated with your hot caramel – and an underlying touch of vanilla; this salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn is just TOO GOOD.

I also love that the salted pretzels and Snickers chunks add a surprising and oh-so-good twist to an already loved classic.

Plus, caramel corn is perfect for a great big group because you can easily double or triple this recipe for a crowd.

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Now let’s talk about the actual process of making caramel corn: I know that the idea of making your own homemade caramel can seem intimidating, but this caramel recipe actually doesn’t require a candy thermometer, or any fancy tools for that matter. It’s actually so simple; in a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup, stir for a few minutes – just until it starts to slowly boil, and then you leave it be as it’s bubbling away on your stove for just five short minutes. Watching it bubble away is half the fun.

After five minutes, you just remove the pan from the heat and stir your baking soda and vanilla extract into the bubbling mixture and then a pinch of salt. It’s actually the baking soda that causes the key chemical reaction that fluffs the caramel. It’s like magic!

That golden fluffy caramel is then poured over your popcorn, pretzel, and chocolate mixture, it’s stirred and coated quickly, getting as much coated as possible, put in a low oven to dry out and set. Once it’s rested in the oven, you can top the mixture with another small sprinkle of salt, and then you have the most insanely good salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn.

Once your homemade caramel corn has dried and cooled it will be crisp and chewy and AMAZING.

How to make your new favorite game day salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn. This sweet and salty mixture is just TOO GOOD. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Salted Pretzel Snickers Vanilla Caramel Corn

makes 14 cups popcorn

INGREDIENTS

about 12 cups popped popcorn
about 2 cups pretzel sticks or twists, broken
1 bag of Snickers minis (chopped)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional: You can also add 1 cup of peanuts to your popcorn and pretzel mix before coating in caramel.

DIRECTIONS

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 250 degrees F, Grease a large (but shallow) roasting/cookie pan with butter or cooking spray. Set aside a large bowl and spray that with cooking spray as well. Add popcorn, pretzels, and chopped Snickers to the greased bowl and toss gently to mix.

In a 2 quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt Whisk over medium heat until it begins to boil. Allow to boil over medium heat (without stirring!!) for about 5 minutes. The mixture will be deep gold and bubbling.

Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda. The mixture will foam and froth. That’s ok. Keep stirring. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Quickly pour warm syrup over popcorn and pretzel mixture in your greased bowl. Use to large spoons to toss the mixture, coating all of the popcorn and pretzels in caramel. Work as quickly as you can. Transfer coated mixture onto your greased roasting/cookie pan.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and toss. Return to the oven to bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss. Sprinkle with a little more salt; about a 1/2 teaspoon should do. Allow to cool before handling and packaging.

Caramel corn will last up to 4 days well wrapped at room temperature.

Recipe adapted via Joy the Baker

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And in celebration of game day, I also put together a fun DIY! Say hello to our adorable new game day mason jars.

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DIY Painted Game Day Mason Jars

To make the DIY game day mason jars I used large wide-mouth mason jarsPaint Pens, and Painter’s Tape, and created football-themed painted jars to fill with my salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn and candy like Skittles, Starburst, Peanut M&M’s, and SNICKERS NFL Minis. Told you I get excited about game day!

How to make your new favorite game day salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn. This sweet and salty mixture is just TOO GOOD. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

You can find everything you’ll need to create your own Game Day Salted Pretzel Snickers Vanilla Caramel Corn and DIY Painted Game Day Mason Jars at your local Target. Target is definitely my go-to for the big game, from food to candy to party décor. Be sure to check out the Cartwheel app for deals on your favorite game day snacks!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography


Lexi

35 comments


  1. Anna English

    What a cute game day idea! These snacks look so delish too!

  2. These look SO good, especially because I’m on Whole30 and can’t have ANY of it! I want it all!

  3. Anna Cobbs

    OMG this looks so delicious and probably even more delicious since I’m doing Whole30, haha.

  4. Gabriella

    This looks so so good! What a fun game day snack. And those mason jars! What an adorable DIY.

  5. Ruthie

    OK, I am completely addicted to popcorn and all of these ingredients are calling my name!! I need this for a snack right now!

  6. YUM! This recipe needs to be made ASAP! I love adding together sweet and salty!

    Mindy II amixofmin.com

  7. Oh my goodness, this looks DELICIOUS! I’m definitely going to try this recipe out. Thank you for sharing! xo

  8. Elsie

    omg that sounds delicious!! I want some right now!

  9. Anna Baun

    These are just the cutest thing! And so perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl! Delicious! XO

    Anna || alilyloveaffair.com

  10. Totally going to make this!! I am drooling just looking at it!!

  11. Kasey

    YUM this looks amazing! I’m a popcorn addict, too so this would be perfect!

  12. Greta

    These look amazing! My husband would love to snack on these during the big game.

  13. Sydney

    Anything with a mason jar I am obsessed with! I love creating them to match game day and this looks like such a yummy snack!

  14. YUM! Drooling. This is sort of torture since I’m doing a Whole 30 right now. Def making when it’s over. I love the mason jars you put them in, too!

    Xo, Lauren
    http://www.aloprofile.com/

  15. Maggie

    Omg this looks so good!

  16. Audrey

    All the cravings right now! This looks amazing and so yummy!

  17. Taylor

    OMG those look so tasty!

  18. emily

    You always have the BEST recipes girl! Come to my house and make all this deliciousness!

  19. Chloe

    MMM! My sweettooth cannot resist! I am definitely going to try making this over the weekend!! 🙂 So excited!

  20. val

    This recipe looks amazing and I love the football mason jars! Perfect for a football party <3

  21. This is SO hard to look at while doing whole 30! YUM!!!!

  22. sarah tucker

    this looks so yummy! and I just LOVE those jars. so creative

  23. How clever!! I love this!! Would make a great gift too. Adding to my list of possible gift DIY’s!

  24. l

    Well these are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen haha

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