Candy Corn Snack Mix for Fall Parties

Candy corn snack mix is quick and easy to make for Fall and Halloween parties. The delicious combination of peanuts and candy corn tastes just like a PayDay candy bar! Add this sweet and salty mix to all your seasonal gatherings.

candy corn and peanuts in orange bowl on white table, with autumn leaves

This candy corn snack mix is a quick and easy sweet & salty treat for grownups and kids alike. Every fall I like to make a batch of this mix and keep it in a bowl so we can grab a small hand full when we want.

You can serve it at your Halloween witch theme party for ladies night, or a family friendly pumpkin carving party.

This recipe makes a terrific Halloween snack mix for a kids Halloween dessert table. You can serve it in small black tins as party favors for guests to take home.

The truth is I don’t love candy corn by itself. But this combination of ingredients tastes just like a Payday candy bar!

The recipe is so simple it just comes down to getting the right ratio of salty peanuts to sweet candy corn. And you can make a batch as big or small as you like.

bowl on white table, filled with peanuts and candy corn, surrounded by autumn leaves and orange drinks

How to make it

You only need two ingredients to make candy corn party mix.

Candy Corn – use the classic flavor and shape for all your fall menus. Candy corn pretty much tastes like vanilla and when it’s paired with the nuts, it tastes like a PayDay bar.

Peanuts – this is where you can tailor the mix to your liking by using cocktail peanuts or dry roasted peanuts. I’ve used both and they’re equally delicious. I don’t necessarily recommend using unsalted peanuts though, because it’s the sweet & salty combination that makes this recipe work. However, if you want to try it, go for it!

I like the ratio to be about 2 to 1, salty to sweet. That just means whatever measure of candy corn I use, I double the amount for the peanuts. That’s because the candy corn flavor has more intensity than the nuts. The 2 to 1 ratio helps balance that out.

PARTY TIP: Substitute cashews in place of peanuts for a different taste.

peanuts on table and candy corn on table and mixed in the middle
candy corn and peanuts mixed together

Easy snack mix for parties

This is a great nibble for Thanksgiving too. You can place smaller bowls in different rooms where guests will be, or put some on the Thanksgiving kids table.

  • Make as much of this snack mix as you want and put it in several small serving bowls around the party space. Place a bowl on the bar, on the food buffet, on side tables, etc.
  • Add a small scoop to the bowls so guests can easily scoop out what they need, without putting their hands in community containers.
  • Pre-fill individual party cups for single servings that guests can grab-and-go.
  • Make party favors by filling paper sacks, cellophane bags, small boxes, food tins, or other small containers guests can take home.
snack mix in pumpkin bowl
black snack tins with peanuts and candy corn inside, for Halloween

More snack mix recipes

Fall entertaining is a great time to add one of these party mixes to the table. They’re great for tailgating parties, and game day parties at home.

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candy corn and peanuts in orange bowl with small wood scoop

Candy Corn Snack Mix

Yield: 4 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Sweet and salty candy corn snack mix tastes like a PayDay candy bar! Make it for all your fall parties and Halloween celebrations.


  • 1 1/2 cups candy corn
  • 3 cups peanuts


  1. Combine candy and nuts in a bowl and mix until well integrated.

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