As if candy corn wasn’t addicting enough, candy corn and peanuts are the perfect combination of salty and sweet that just makes it irresistible. Plus, like any snack mix, it’s simple to make!

This recipe makes 20 servings and costs about $7.92 to make. That’s just $0.40 per serving.  

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Candy Corn and Peanuts

During my first year of teaching many years ago, the PTO president at my school would have a big bowl of this candy corn snack mix in the front office for the staff to munch on. Ever since that first taste of that delicious mixture of candy corn and peanuts, I’ve been hooked!

There’s just something about a sweet and salty snack that is so good and hard to resist! Since my first year of teaching, I’ve made this snack mix for everything from Halloween parties, football parties, birthday parties, game day, and everything in between. It’s always a crowd favorite.

But here is the not-so-secret-secret about this recipe: it is beyond easy. I’m not sure I can even call this a “recipe” because it’s just mixing together two ingredients: candy corn and dry roasted peanuts.

Don’t let the simplicity of this candy corn trail mix deter you. Everyone I meet has always loved this mix; you will love how easy it is to make. 

What You’ll Love About Candy Corn and Peanuts:

  • Quick and Easy: This snack mix is effortless to make. If you have a few minutes, you can make this snack. It is so easy; even your kiddos can make this independently. 
  • Sweet and Salty Harmony: This snack mix has the best of both worlds, creating a completely satisfying treat. 
  • Recipe Flexibility: Candy Corn is traditionally associated with Halloween. However, Candy Corn can be found throughout the year at various times, such as Easter, allowing you to make this treat all year round. 

Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.40

Recipe Cost: $7.92

  •     (2) 11-ounce packages of candy corn: $4.98
  •     (1) 16-ounce bottle of salted dry roasted peanuts: $2.94

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in October 2023.

A picture of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How to make Candy Corn and Peanuts

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

  1. In a medium serving bowl, add candy corn and peanuts. 
  2. Stir until evenly mixed and serve!

A picture collage showing how to make this recipe.

Recipe Variations

  • You can use an Autumn Mix or pumpkins instead of candy corn. 
  • Feel free to use low-sodium dry roasted peanuts. 

Storage Tips

SERVE: You can serve this candy corn mix immediately and leave it out for the length of a party if you need to! 

STORE: On the other hand, don’t leave it out for more than 6-8 hours, or it may start to go stale. Use an airtight container, and keep it fresh for about six weeks (if you can keep your hands off it that long)!

FREEZE: Believe it or not, this candy corn snack mix freezes well! You can keep it in a freezer-safe bag for up to 6 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before serving. (Remember this next time you see candy corn on sale for dirt cheap in bulk at the end of spring!)

Candy Corn and Peanuts Recipe FAQs

How many cups of mix does this recipe make?

This will make 4-5 cups, enough for a party or anything else you’d need it for!

What are some other tasty additions to this snack mix?

You can get creative with this mix, which is one of the reasons why I love it so much. Try adding:
●      Reese’s Pieces
●      Pretzels (especially the cute Halloween-themed ones)
●      Chex cereal
●      Any other kind of nut (cashews are perfect)
●      M&Ms
With this mix, it’s crucial to balance the sweet and salty since candy corn can sometimes be overwhelming. (I think that’s why many people don’t like it. It’s so sugary!) I recommend adding more salty than sweet if possible!
By the way, I do not recommend using unsalted peanuts/nuts; they’re just not the same.

Does this snack mix keep well in baggies (for trick-or-treaters, goodie bags, etc)?

Absolutely! Sometimes, it’s cheaper to make than buy candy in the fall. Throw the mix in themed bags and put a twist-tie on it, and you’ve got yourself a tasty snack to give away.

Does this snack mix keep in the mail?

It does! Send it in an airtight container, and you have a great autumn gift!

A picture of the finished recipe in a mug for serving.

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A picture of the finished recipe in a clear serving jar.
5 from 4 votes

Candy Corn And Peanuts

Recipe Cost $ $7.92
Serving Cost $ $0.40
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
20 people
As if candy corn wasn’t addicting enough, candy corn and peanuts are the perfect combination of salty and sweet that just makes it irresistible. Plus, like any snack mix, it’s simple to make!


  • large mixing bowl
  • mixing spoon


  • 2 11-ounce packages candy corn
  • 1 16ounce bottle salted dry roasted peanuts


  • In a medium serving bowl add candy corn and peanuts. Stir until evenly mixed. Serve.


This makes 4-5 cups of mix. 


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Tastes exactly like a pearsons salted nut roll

  2. I’ve been making this since I first had it as a child. I always thought it tasted just like a Payday but the Pearson’s nut roll is a solid comparison as well. No one ever believes me on how good it is… so more for me. Thanks for putting it out there.

  3. Judee Gluten Free A-Z Blog says:

    I do love candy corn and the peanuts will cut down the amount of sugar which is a great idea. Looks pretty, inviting and a perfect offering for the Halloween season. Thanks