I got into a discussion this past weekend with Mikey and his cousin, Danny, about candy corn.
It all started when I pulled out this bowl of Witches Brew and they commented on how candy corn is only good when combined with something salty, otherwise it’s gross. I fought them on it for a while (I’m stubborn) and tried to convince them that they taste like marshmallows because really they are only made of sugar and food coloring (another fact they didn’t believe).
They then went on to say that the candies don’t even look like corn, which was when I brought up the pumpkin shaped candy corn (still bad according to them but I think even better). I always loved the pumpkin candy corn the most for a few reasons.
A. They were bigger. Bigger = more sugar, duh.
B. You could bite the green tops off first and that’s super fun (although with regular candy corn you can eat it in 3 bites/colors, also fun).
C. My grandma always sent them to us/had them at her house so they evoke great memories of her which makes everything taste better as well.
This brings me to another factor within this delicious and thought-out combo of Witches Brew…Bugles!
Mikey was golfing with a friend about a month ago and he brought him lunch, which included a few bags of Bugles. Ever since then, Mikey has brought up Bugles and how great they are at least twice a week. I obviously had to include Bugles in this mix and boy am I glad I did. It lead our group of friends into quite the hilarious discussion about this underrated snack food.
I too have to agree that yes, they are indeed very salty and delicious. They are fun because you can put them on your fingers like a witch and (this is just me apparently) they taste “cold” when you bite into them (Probably from all the saturated fat/oil in them).
Who knew this Witches Brew could bring up so much conversation?!?
The last couple nuggets I want to share about this yummy mix is that you can ALWAYS switch ingredients to make it your own. For example: Candy corn with just salted peanuts is a dream come true. Think a fluffer-nutter sandwich. You could do regular popcorn instead of (my favorite) Chicago mix popcorn. If you’re not familiar, let me change your life. It’s cheese popcorn mixed with caramel popcorn. If you ever get a chance to try Garrett’s Chicago Mix popcorn, you MUST MUST DO IT. Your life will be forever changed forever.
That is all I have for you on this wildly exciting snack mix. The sky is the limit when it comes to flavor combos in this mix. Sprinkle it with melted chocolate, add any chip or pretzel flavor of choice. We added chocolate covered pretzels by the end of the night and that was great too!
Whatever you do, throw together a batch and watch it quickly disappear (or notice what people pick out of it first, probably the Bugles, and then just add more of that next time).
It really feels like fall today in Chicago! I don’t really mind the cozy rain and cooler temps to be honest. I feel blessed to have enjoyed so many warm fall days so far this year so I won’t complain. Plus, I can’t wait to see all the cute kids dressed up and trick-or-treating this weekend for Halloween! This would be a super fast, easy and fun “craft” to make with some kiddo’s as well. Have them pour all the different ingredients into a bowl and stir it up! Or make this hump day a little better and make yourself/friends/office an afternoon snack!
Witches Brew Snack Mix
1 Bag Bugles
2 Cups Candy Corn
2 Cups Salted Peanuts
1 Bag (or 1/2, about 5-7 cups) Chicago Mix Popcorn
2 Cups Pretzels (I actually wished I had smaller shapes. Small O’s would be great)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and gently toss. Serve and enjoy!