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Vacation party mix

Vacation party mix

1 lb. miniature pretzels

1 (9.5 ounce) box peanut butter-filled miniature buttery crackers (Ritz Bitz)

1 (12 ounce) box original flavor cheese cracker squares (Cheese Nips)

1 lb. roasted and salted peanuts

3/4 cup butter

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 (16 oz.) bag candy coated peanut butter candies (Reece's Pieces)

1 (16 ounce) bag M & M's

Makes 20 cups.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Using a non-stick cooking spray, coat a VERY large roasting pan (I use a disposable foil pan). Combine first 4 ingredients in prepared pan. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla. Pour over pretzel blend. Stir gently to coat. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring once every 15 minutes. Place on a cooling rack. Stir several times during cooling to avoid clumps. Once cooled, stir in candies. Store airtight.

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