Monster Mix Candy Hands

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Make this fun snack mix to pass out to all of your ghoulish trick-or-treaters this Halloween. They’re sure to be a scream of fun!


6 cups air popped popcorn
2 cups pretzel snaps (Brand: snyder’s)
1 ½ cup salted peanuts
6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup candy corn
1/2 cup chocolate coated candies
½ cup chocolate coated peanut butter candies
Special Equipment: Plastic food handlers gloves

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Combine the pretzles and peanuts in a large bowl.

Add the melted butter to a small bowl and stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Drizzle half the butter over the pretzel mixture and toss well. Transfer to 2 sheet trays and bake for 15 minutes.

Divide the popcorn between the sheet trays, drizzle with the remaining butter and stir to combine. Place back in the oven and bake for 15 more minutes. Cool then combine with the candy.

Add to plastic gloves and tie with ribbon.

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Paula I love all your recipes I love all your show in foodnetwork you are the best I love want you say joke you have beautiful kids and I say this from my heart God bless you all your family!!

By Milagros Mejia on April 14, 2014


Paula I just love your website. So many interesting things to make. I enjoy cooking anyway. You are my NUMBER 1 FAN. Keep up the good work.

By Janice Durdin on October 19, 2013


Remember the black spider rings - that fit on anyone's finger? I used to put those on the popcorn hands - on the ring finger of course!dcw

By diane Witherspoon on October 18, 2013


Hi Helena, You can simply omit the nuts altogether.

By Jonathan Able on October 26, 2011


For Sharon McCarty whose niece wants a pumpkin cake, an easy way to make a pumpkin cake is bake two bundt cakes and put them together and ice with orange frosting. the ridges in the bundt cake will make it look like a pumpkin.

By Susan Provine on October 19, 2011


I enjoy watching you and looking at all the neat recipes online...

By Jennifer Halford on October 19, 2011


Can you please tell us how many this recipe will make? Thanks!!!

By Jessica on October 19, 2011


Paula ,thanks a million this will go a long way,Don't like not having a enuff to go round? and looks great.thank you love ya'all.

By cindyhynes on October 17, 2011


This has nothing to do w/these recipes. THEY ARE WONDERFULLLLLLLLLLLLL. I NEVER SEE PAULA ANYMORE ON TV,BUT I KNOW SHE LOVES BUTTER, I LOVE HER. I USED BUTTER WHEN YOUNGER SUNBATHING AT THE BEACH OR POOL.... I don't recall ever hearing her mention it when I use to get to watch her, and I never missed Paula. Missing Paula, is like missing church. Sincerely, Preayers & Blessings, Sharon

By SHARON HOCUT MCCARTHY on October 14, 2011


Love those heands. My niece, Jessica Turberville is one of your biggest fans. She is celebrating her 7th Birthday on Oct. 21. I am the cake baker for all of her birthday parties. She has requested a pumkin with black spiders. Any suggestion of how to make this an over tht top cake?? Jessice lives on Tybee Island, so transport is a consideration. Loved your visit with Al Roker. I was there from 4;30am until 10AM

By Cheryl Williams on October 13, 2011


For the goulish hand you might want to say unpowdered food handler gloves.

By Ethel Raye on October 13, 2011


Paula,I like those creepy hands but,my child is allergy to peanuts so how can I subsitute that with something she's not allerge too?

By Helena Wilson on October 12, 2011


ATTENTION: Make sure the gloves are free from TALC. Some gloves have powder applied to make them easier to put on.

By Deborah A. Hymon on October 12, 2011


How many monster hands does this recipe make?

By Liz Beck on October 11, 2011


Oh my gosh, these are amazing! I am going to make these to hand out to my coworkers since Halloween is on a Monday, it will most certainely brighten everyone's day! I love the pictures Jamie posts for Halloween of Jack in his costumes (and Jamie too for that matter). It is going to be amazing with multiple grandchildren this year, good for you. With much love and admiration - Tracey

By Tracey Lopez on October 11, 2011

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