A bowl of Monster Munch with peanuts, candy corn, and monster cereal is a great snack for Halloween parties and movies. Brace yourselves because your snack game is about to reach a new level of spooktacular with this treat.
You know it's Halloween season when boxes of Monster Cereal are stacked on the shelves at the store. As a child, I always enjoyed these cereals in the fall.
This year, I used the same cereal to make a frighteningly delicious snack. It's perfect to serve with peanut butter monsters and monster sugar cookies. This mix includes chocolate-covered popcorn, peanuts, candy corn, and Monster cereal.
If you grew up with these iconic cereals, this snack mix will remind you of Saturday morning cartoons and cozy breakfasts.
Why You Will Love This Monster Munch Recipe
Prepare yourself for a snacking adventure that's sweet, salty, gooey, and monstrously delicious!
- Monster Mash Up. This delicious dessert has a variety of texture and flavor. The popcorn, peanuts, marshmallows, candy corn, and monster cereal create a crunchy, gooey, and sugary treat.
- Kid-Approved. Got little monsters of your own? Everyone will love the fun monster theme, making this snack a guaranteed smile-bringer.
- Perfect for Every Occasion. Whether throwing a Halloween bash, watching scary movies, or satisfying your sweet tooth cravings, this is the ultimate snack.
- Easy Peasy. The best part? It's easy to make. Just toss everything together, and it's ready! But beware, it's so addictive that you might make batch after batch.
When craving a unique snack, satisfy your inner monster with a bowl of monster popcorn.
Disclaimer: While this snack might not actually turn you into a monster, it may cause a serious addiction to awesome snacking.
Key Ingredient List
You can quickly make a batch of Monster Munch with just a few ingredients. So, mix up a bowl of this monstrous delight and prepare to munch, crunch, and howl with delight.
- Popcorn - You can either purchase a bag of pre-popped popcorn or use microwave popcorn to make your snack.
- Monster Cereal - The bright colors add a playful and festive touch to the mix. I love combining Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Franken Berry, and Carmella Creeper to add color and flavor.
- Candy Corn - The iconic Halloween treat adds a pop of color and a sugary sweetness to the mixture.
- Peanuts - Add a great crunch and a nutty flavor to the mix. They complement the sweetness of the chocolate and candy corn, creating a balance that keeps you returning for more.
- Miniature Marshmallows - Bring a soft, gooey texture that perfectly contrasts with the other ingredients' crunch.
- White Chocolate - The smooth, velvety chocolate coats all the ingredients, giving it a great sweet and salty flavor. I like to use Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers because it melts and tastes great. White chocolate chips or white almond bark can also be used.
- Optional Toppings - Holiday sprinkles and edible candy eyes add a fun flair to the easy Halloween treat.
How to Make Monster Munch
- Pour the popcorn, marshmallows, cereal, peanuts, and candy corn in a large mixing bowl.
- Melt the white chocolate melts in a microwave-safe bowl according to the package directions.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn mix. Stir the mixture thoroughly until everything is coated. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Refrigerate the snack mix for 5 minutes. Remove and break the popcorn mix apart into chunks.
Keep the mix in an airtight container at room temperature. It is best if served within 24 hours of making it, but it will keep for 3-4 days.
Tips and Tricks
- Remove un-popped seeds before making the chocolate-covered popcorn. No one wants to bite into a seed and break a tooth!
- Drizzle it with colorful candy melts. Use black, green, or orange candy melts to add color. Melt them in separate bowls, then fill disposable piping bags. Cut the tip of the bag off and drizzle candy melts over the top of the Halloween popcorn mix.
- Add candy. Holiday M&M's or Reese's Pieces are a delicious addition to this Halloween snack.
- Make party favors. Fill cellophane bags with the cereal mixture. Tie with black and white twine and add a cute printable tag to each one.
Most grocery stores, plus Walmart and Target, carry this seasonal cereal during the fall months.
Other ingredients such as pretzel sticks, corn puffs, or Chex cereal pair well with this snack mix. When adding other ingredients, reduce the amount of cereal so that the chocolate covers everything.
You can fill a large plastic pumpkin or glass cauldron to serve guests at a party. This makes for a fun and festive way to display your treats.
For serving trick or treaters, fill a clear bag with the popcorn mixture, then tie it closed with ribbons and tags.
More Easy Halloween Treats
- Reese's Owls
- Homemade Butterfingers
- Pudding Filled Dirt Cupcakes
- Peanut Butter Pumpkins
- Spooky Snack Mix
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*This post was first published in October 2012. It was updated and then republished in October 2023.