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Frito Snack Mix

While I hunker down and take the next week to complete my cookbook manuscript, I have a series of three very talented bloggers guest posting on RecipeGirl. These girls all have super popular and delicious recipe blogs of their own, and they’ll be stopping in to share a special recipe with you! I’ll be back soon, and you will love my friends and their recipes!

First up is Shelly from the dessert blog: Cookies and Cups. I met Shelly in real life at my Girl Hunter weekend in Texas, and she sure is a ton of fun and she made me laugh a lot. She’s sweet as can be, which totally makes sense when you take a peek at her blog. She has an adoration for desserts made with candy, and shares things like Reeses Peanut Butter Banana Bread and Pretzel Rolo Blondie Bites. Her Soda Can Cupcakes are such a fun recipe and so easy to make, and there is a whole category on her blog devoted to Rice Krispie Treats! The girl is a creative genius.  Shelly is sharing a fun recipe with us today for Frito Snack Mix, which is kind of like turning Fritos into candy!  Take it away Shelly!

Hey guys! Shelly from Cookies and Cups here! I’m so excited to take over, if even for a day, at Recipe Girl.

Lori’s site has been a favorite of mine for ages and we actually got to hang out last December in real life on our Girl Hunter weekend. She’s as nice as you would imagine and I can’t wait to get to spend time with her again.

Here’s the thing about taking over someone’s virtual space. It’s a little nerve racking. If you are familiar with my blog you will know that I am all about low-down dirty desserts. The kind that you eat hiding in a closet…the kinds that are laden with butter, sugar and candy.

So as much as I would love to make you something fancy-ish or gluten free, or whole-grainy, I just can’t do it.


Instead, I made you Fritos covered in sugar. Don’t be disgusted. Be intrigued.

I promise it’s good stuff.

First mix some Fritos, Rice Chex Cereal, Pretzels and nuts in a big bowl.

Then melt a little butter, brown sugar and light corn syrup in a small saucepan.

Bring it to a boil…

Pour the caramelly sauce over top your Frito mixture and stir to coat evenly.

Pour the entire mix into a roasting pan and bake for 8 minutes. Stir it up and bake for 8 more.

Then spread it all on a wax paper lined counter and let it cool.

When it’s cool sprinkle some M&Ms on top. I mean, why not?

That’s it.

Feel free to eat in the closet or on the couch.

Thanks Lori for letting me invade your space today. If you ever need another low-brow dessert, I’m your gal!

Visit Shelly on her blog:  Cookies & Cups, and you can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Thanks Shelly, for sharing your Frito Snack Mix with us!

Yield: About 8 cups

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 22 min

Frito Snack Mix

It's like Fritos turned into candy. Awesome!


One 10.5-ounce bag of Fritos
2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
2 cups Pretzel Twists
1 1/2 cups nuts (I used walnuts, but peanuts, cashews or mixed nuts would work great)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup of mini M&Ms


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl combine the Fritos, Chex, Pretzels and nuts. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan melt the sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat. Let the mixture come to a boil and then boil for 4 minutes without stirring.

4. Remove the pan from heat and pour over Frito mixture, stirring to coat evenly. Transfer mix to a large roasting pan and bake for 8 minutes. Remove to stir and bake for an additional 8 minutes.

5. Transfer the mixture to a wax paper lined counter and let it cool completely before breaking into large clumps. When cooled sprinkle M&Ms over mix.

6. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Source: (Recipe from Shelly at Cookies and Cups)

44 Responses to “Frito Snack Mix”

  1. postedFeb 23, 2012 4:35 AM

    Great guest post! :)

  2. postedFeb 23, 2012 4:46 AM

    Shelly you kill me in the best way! I will ne eating this in the closet because I totally don’t want to share with my boys.

  3. postedFeb 23, 2012 4:50 AM

    Oooh! This looks so good! I think I’ll mix it up and put candy corn in that mix in the fall. But I’ll be reluctant to take it to ball games because then I’d have to share. Dilemmas. . . . .

  4. postedFeb 23, 2012 5:55 AM

    Love it as usual, Shelly!

  5. postedFeb 23, 2012 6:14 AM

    No more wondering what to do with those fritos in the back of the cabinet, my kids are gonna love this! Pinned!

  6. postedFeb 23, 2012 6:25 AM

    OMG, would it be wrong add butterscotch chips to this mix?!?!? OH I can’t wait. Thanks for another great one Shelly

  7. postedFeb 23, 2012 7:31 AM

    Now, I’m craving this!!!

  8. postedFeb 23, 2012 7:54 AM

    Fritos covered in sugar…I’m all over this. This is too fun!

  9. postedFeb 23, 2012 8:12 AM
    Jane Dough

    You had me at Frito.

  10. postedFeb 23, 2012 8:24 AM

    I want this now, wow this is amazing, I would have the entire bag in one sitting! :)

  11. postedFeb 23, 2012 8:38 AM

    Super addictive looking…love me some Fritos in sugar!

  12. postedFeb 23, 2012 8:59 AM

    Fritos have to be my downfall with chips, every time. I open a bag, and they are just gone. This is such a fun snack mix!

  13. postedFeb 23, 2012 9:18 AM

    I love fritos. I see this totally working. Amazing.

  14. postedFeb 23, 2012 9:18 AM

    Thank you for this Shelly! You have just given me the best excuse to buy some Fritos! :)

  15. postedFeb 23, 2012 9:34 AM

    2 of my favourite bloggers in one spot! Love it!! I am totally making this and eating in the closet, that way I won’t have to share!

  16. postedFeb 23, 2012 3:42 PM

    Mmmmm, sounds delish!

  17. postedFeb 23, 2012 5:44 PM

    Oh My!!! sugary sweet salty frito-ness….. Please stop me from rushing to the store to buy some fritos now.

  18. postedFeb 24, 2012 4:32 AM

    I love this idea! I’m going to make this for my Husband for tomorrow so he can take it to work!! Looks delish!!

  19. postedFeb 24, 2012 6:07 AM

    I know I’m going to make a lot of friends with this combo!!!

  20. postedFeb 24, 2012 6:15 AM

    Holy YUM! I have got to try this!

  21. postedFeb 24, 2012 7:49 AM

    I am intrigued! Salty, sugary, buttery – yum! Not every recipe needs to be healthy.

  22. postedFeb 24, 2012 8:03 AM

    Yum! Sweet and salty is my favorite kind of treat:)

  23. postedFeb 24, 2012 11:27 AM

    I just realized that this isn’t just fritos, but sweet caramelly covered fritos.
    I think I just died.

  24. postedFeb 24, 2012 1:52 PM

    I absolutely adore Shelly and I know my kids would think they had died and gone to heaven if they found some of this mix in their lunch boxes.

  25. postedFeb 24, 2012 5:19 PM

    just made these they are really good, i have done cheese puffs before but like this one so much better, thanks for sharing

  26. postedFeb 24, 2012 11:24 PM

    Looks like a great snack while i watch my grandsons baseball practice!

  27. postedFeb 25, 2012 5:35 PM

    How do you come up with this stuff?!? I already LOVE fritos, so I can only imagine how great they will taste in this SWEET snack! Woo hoo!

  28. postedFeb 25, 2012 7:24 PM

    Yum. Just made a batch, but substituted M&Ms with Trader Joes mini peanut butter cups. Double yum.

  29. postedFeb 26, 2012 6:26 AM

    O that looks like such a fun snack! I didn’t know Shelly’s blog before but will hop on over to take a peek!

  30. postedFeb 26, 2012 1:14 PM

    thanks for sharing this amazing frito treat. I can’t wait to make it.

  31. postedFeb 27, 2012 2:49 PM
    Deb Beroff

    can we please get amounts for butter, sugar, corn syrup? thx

    • February 27th, 2012 @ 7:12 PM

      Scroll to the bottom for the recipe :)

  32. postedFeb 28, 2012 4:38 AM

    Shelly: Oh, my gosh. I just got to work and all I want to do is run right home and make this!

    Lori: Cookbook???????? I am so excited….and will be one of the first ones in line to buy it…I can only imagine the deliciousness in store for us! :)

  33. postedFeb 29, 2012 8:22 AM

    I can see myself growing quite addicted to this delicious snacks. Looks so so good.

  34. postedMar 2, 2012 2:03 PM

    I am sooooooooooooooooooooo making this as party favors for my co ed baby shower!!!! Fantastic! Thanks for making me look like a hero!

  35. postedMar 10, 2012 10:22 AM

    I just made this for a party we’re having tonight. It’s the perfect combination of salty & sweet! Might try throwing in some craisins next time, but it’s very good just the way it is, too! Found this on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

  36. postedApr 13, 2012 6:32 AM

    OMG !!! Made this last night, Awsome

  37. postedApr 15, 2012 3:21 PM
    Diana S

    I made this yesterday for a get together of some friends. Everyone loved it. The only problem I had was that it stuck to the wax paper. Maybe next time I will spraying the wax paper with cooking spray before dumping out the hot mixture. Will definitely will make again.

  38. postedDec 20, 2012 5:22 PM

    Thanks for this recipe!

    Just made two batches today. They are now in mason jars as Christmas gifts for the guys in our family! Sooo yummy – and am happy there is a little bit left over for us to enjoy too. The first batch stuck to the wax paper a bit for me too. I put the second batch onto parchment to cool and it worked much better.

  39. postedDec 23, 2012 2:39 PM

    This is really delicious! I’ve made it three times now and everyone has loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  40. postedJan 26, 2013 6:04 PM

    but Fritos and rice chex are gluten free, so put in gf pretzels and you made an awesome gluten free snack recipe! I’m trying this great gf recipe, stat!

  41. postedFeb 2, 2013 5:25 PM

    Made this today! Pretty tasty! I accidentally added an extra 1/4c of corn syrup. Still turned out well! The m&ms sank to the bottom though! Next time I think I’ll add the m&ms before it fully cools off.

  42. postedMay 28, 2013 4:19 PM

    I made this for a grad party and was loved!!

  43. postedDec 29, 2014 11:25 AM

    My husband and I are eating this now. YUMMY! Made the recipe as written.

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