Halloween Hangover Trail Mix
Today, we're making Halloween Hangover Trail Mix!
First thing is first. What is a Halloween hangover? The best way to describe it is when you eat more candy in one night than you've eaten all year and you wake up feeling all kinds of icky. The morning after symptoms include being dead tired from being awake all night coming down from a sugar high, a belly ache; and for me, also a nasty headache. So by using the only logic that makes me feel better...if the best way to get rid of a hangover is to keep drinking, than what better way to cure the Halloween hangover than by eating more candy!
This trail mix is the PERFECT way to use up all of the leftover candy floating around your house after Halloween. And, since trail mix is kind of a healthy snack, we've got some good stuff in here to balance out the super sweet and indulgent candy.
You guys know I love my salty sweet combos, and this trail mix definitely follows suit. We've got some mini pretzels and lightly salted cashew halves to bring the salty element to our mix. We've also got some pepitas, which are roasted pumpkin seeds, to give us a little salt while also carrying over the Halloween theme.
For the candy, I used 5 different kinds of mini candies. Reese's, Kit Kats, Almond Joys, Snickers, and Milky Ways all made an appearance in my mix. Since I used the minis, I only needed about 20 pieces of candy, total. I used 4 pieces of each type of candy. And then, I diced them up in to small bites to toss in my mix.
The cool thing is, is you can use whatever type of chocolate candy you like in this! But, I totally recommend using a couple different types of candies, because it's such a fun surprise when you take a bite of the mix to see which type of candy you got.
Then we top it off with some dried banana chips, and we're done. That's it! A one bowl, zero effort snack mix.
Remember when I told you this mix was kind of healthy? I totally meant it!
The only questionable ingredient in this mix is the candy, and really there's such a minimal amount in comparison to everything else, you don't even have to feel bad about it! And, what a fun way to let the kiddos (and you) enjoy the candy they worked so hard far. Let them toss the mix together with their hands in the bowl. (That's what I did, and I sure had fun!)
I know this trail mix is solving a specific seasonal problem; but thankfully, all of this candy is available all year! So, make sure you keep this on your radar for your birthday party mixes, vacation mixes, having a bad day mixes, etc.
Enjoy, and let's snack!
Halloween Hangover Trail Mix
- 2 cups dried banana chips
- 2 cups mini pretzels
- 1 cup lightly salted cashew halves
- ¼ cups pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds)
- 2 cups diced chocolate candy bars (about 20 mini candy bars. I used an equal mix of Reese's, Kit Kats, Snickers, Milky Ways, and Almond Joys.)
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- *You can use whatever combo of chocolate candy bars you like! Make sure you measure the candy after you dice it.
- *I find pepitas in the Hispanic food section of my grocery store, but you can also usually find them in the bulk area near the salad bar.