I was so inspired by Cookies and Cups' Santa Hat Party Mix last Christmas that I made it twice!! They were surprising easy to make and were a huge hit with friends. So my mom gave me the idea of using it for Halloween as well and turning them into witch's hats.
This party mix is so yummy and a huge hit for all ages.
Halloween Party Mix
Modified from Chex Carmel Corn
4 cups microwave popcorn (about half a 3 oz. bag)
4 1/2 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups mini pretzel twists
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups Reese's pieces
Pop popcorn and remove unpopped kernels. In a large bowl mix the popcorn, chex cereal and pretzels. Set aside.
In a medium microwave bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup and vanilla. Microwave on high uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute (mixture should be boiling). Pour over the cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated.
Microwave the mixture on high for 5 minutes stirring after every minute, scraping down the edges of the bowl. Spread over wax paper and break up once the mixture has cooled.
2 bags black candy melts
Melt candy melts as directed on the bag. Either microwave them or melt them over the stove on a double boiler. Choose the bugles that are whole and dip into the candy melts. Using a fork make sure the bugles are completely covered and let any excess candy drip off. Lay to dry on wax paper.
Take a whole Oreo, holding either side and twist off the top cookie. Choose the side without cream and dip into candy melts. Using a fork, make sure the oreos are completely covered and let any excess candy drip off. Lay to dry on wax paper.
Once both the bugles and oreos have dried completely (should only take a few minutes, by the time you have dipped several the first ones should be dry), take the bigger end of the bugle and dip into the candy melts. Place in the center of an oreo.
While the excess candy that pushes out around the edges of the bugle, dip into a small bowl of the sprinkles. Lay to dry.
Finally, once the caramel mixture above and the witch's hats have dried, mix together along with the Reese's pieces in a large bowl. Store in an air tight container.