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Payday Snack Mix: A Last Minute Favorite

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

This snack mix tastes exactly like a Payday, but with a fun twist! Great to share at Halloween parties, or keep to yourself!

Candy corn might be one of the most divisive foods out there. With a few extra ingredients, turn this food into a family favorite! In this fresh take on the payday trail mix, we find a refreshingly sweet & salty combination that will make candy corn a staple in any household. Great for last minute parties, or just for snacking! If you finish the entire bowl yourself, we won't tell!

This recipe was actually given to our team by one of our vendors a while back, and since then, it has been a staple for us. It's quick to make, and easily elevated if you have extra time and ingredients.

Everybody loves a good payday, right? With this easy recipe, you can take your bland candy corn and turn it into something all the candy corn haters will enjoy.

*Tip: If you are in a hurry, just mix salted peanuts with a bag of candy corn and serve! For best results, we recommend a 2:1 ratio of nuts to candy corn. Read below for an elevated version of this simple recipe that will satisfy kids and adults alike.

Simple Payday Trail Mix

Prep time 5 minutes | Cook time 15 minutes | Serves 25


  • 11 oz classic candy corn

  • 2 cups classic or lightly salted peanuts

  • 1.5 cups fancy whole cashews

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.

  2. Add 1.5 cups cashews and 2 cups peanuts to your baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Salt as desired. We recommend using 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

  3. Bake nuts for 7-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching and encourage an even toasting.

  4. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

  5. In a large bowl, add candy corn and optional marshmallows. When cool, add nut mixture.

  6. Serve immediately. Store your snack mix in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this recipe! Drop a comment below to let us know where you enjoyed our Simple Payday Snack Mix.


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