I don’t recall for sure when my mother started making this party mix, but I know it was one of my favorite things to take to school as a snack and to have as a treat for my birthday! This year I thought this would be the perfect treat for New Years!
It doesn’t get any simpler to make a party mix than this one, and you can throw just about anything into it on top of what I have used. Our other additions have included Chex cereal, peanuts, different types of M&Ms and Reese puffs.
Starting out I put the Vanilla Almond Bark and peanut butter in the microwave on the melt chocolate feature. If you don’t have this, I used to do 30-45 seconds at a time stirring in between.
While the topping mix is melting in the microwave I gather the rest of my mix ingredients and dump them in a large bowl. Today I used the popcorn, pretzels, Cheerios, M&Ms, and Rice Crispies. I used plain home popped popcorn today, but you can use 2 bags of microwave popcorn in place of popping it yourself just make sure it’s homestyle and not buttered.
Once your topping mix is completely melted, make sure to mix the peanut butter in well with the almond bark. Then pour over the popcorn mix and mix well until everything is well coated.
Spread out your mixture to harden in a single layer on wax paper. This will take approx 1-2 hours. Then seal the mixture in an airtight container. I’ve found this will generally keep well for 5-7 days.
Popcorn — either 2 bags of home style microwave or 1/4 cup of kernals popped
1/2 bag of pretzels
3 cups of Cheerios
2 cups of Rice Crispies
1 Cup of M&Ms
2/3 cup peanut butter
12 oz vanilla almond bark