Sweet and Salty Homemade Trail Mix

Step up your Summer snacking game with this tasty Sweet and Salty Homemade Trail Mix!

Sweet and Salty Homemade Trail Mix

As most of you crazy kids already know, we’re gearing up for yet another move. I’ve been through quite a few over the course of this little blog of mine [a perk of mil-wife life!] but this one took an unexpected turn. We had planned on a certain date forever now, until the move coordinator happily exclaimed “See you Monday!

Wait… what!? Monday!? That’s a week early!!! 

Panic set in pretty fast but was quickly replaced by sheer excitement.


Our adventure will be starting earlier than expected and I’m totally embracing it! Though the last-minute date change threw a teeny wrench in my plan to clean out the fridge, freezer, and pantry in time for the big day, I can totally spin this in my favor. Goodbye meal prep, helloooo road trip snack prep! I kicked things off with a big ole bowl of trail mix!

Step up your Summer snacking game with this tasty homemade trail mix!

I would thank my hand model husband, but he ate over half of this trail mix when I wasn’t looking. That man is trouble with a capital TRUBBLE!

In his defense, this stuff is a tad irresistible! I combined lightly salted almonds with super-sweet caramel corn, juicy dried fruit, and buttery pretzel snaps. This batch is totally not going to make it through the weekend let alone on the trip with us. Looks like we’ll be making more!

The recipe can be followed ingredient for ingredient, or easily adapted to accommodate all your favorite trail mix add-ins. Have fun with it! Just don’t skip the caramel corn. Or the almonds. Or the pretzels. Or… you get the point! Enjoy!

Homemade Trail Mix

:: Almonds, Pretzels and Caramel Corn… oh my! ::

Homemade Trail Mix :: Pretzels, Caramel Corn, and Almonds... oh my!
5 from 3 votes

Sweet and Salty Homemade Trail Mix

Step up your Summer snacking game with this tasty Sweet and Salty Homemade Trail Mix!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Trail Mix
Prep Time 15 minutes
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1 cup lightly salted almonds
  • 2 cups caramel popcorn
  • 1-2 cup pretzels
  • 1/8-1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/8-1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Add as much or as little of the above ingredients for happy healthy snacking. You can also add...


  • whole grain cereal
  • toasted granola
  • chocolate chips
  • plain popcorn
  • dried pineapple
  • dried apricot
  • banana chips
  • extra nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • pepitas

Recipe Notes

For a gloriously gluten-free snack mix, use GF pretzels in the mix and you're good to go! Deeelish!

Step up your Summer snacking game with this tasty homemade trail mix!

I can’t wait to hit the road, visit family and friends, and move into our new home!

What are you up to this Summer?

It should absolutely involve visiting me in Florida.

With coffee.

So. much. coffee.

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  • I love that you added the sweet caramel corn in with the salty almonds and pretzels! This trail mix would probably be gone before we even made it to the car for a road trip!

    • Jenn

      Thanks lady! <3 Yeah it's totally hard to make this stuff in advance and not scarf it all!

  • 5 stars
    This is great, a sweet trail mix that doesn’t involve chocolate! Not that I don’t love chocolate (I do!) – but we’re doing a dairy elimination diet for my daughter so most chocolate is out. She won’t even miss it with the caramel corn 🙂

    • Jenn

      Heart you so! Thanks Sharon! Best of luck with the elimination diet – it’s always such a pain to do but worth it to make sure they can tolerate their food – thinking of you both through the craziness! xoxo

  • My husband would devour this!

    • Jenn

      Then I’d have to fight off your husband and my own from the granola.. wahhhh! Let’s make our own stash and hide it from them 😉

  • Ohhhh trail mix is my weakness! This looks awesome! I love the sweet and salty combo.

  • I love seeing new ideas for trail mix. I’m all about something sweet like caramel corn sneaking it’s way in there! Good luck on your move. If I was told I was moving a week earlier than planed, I would be in a dizzy panic! I’m impressed you got a post out!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Rachel! I had actually planned on posting a ton in advance and having everything all neat and scheduled for a seamless move… yeahhhhhh I failed big time! At least I got this yummy snack mix in my face!

  • I love your inclusion of popcorn!! YUM!!

  • JENN! omg, this looks delicious!! I’m totally making this when I go home 🙂 p.s. my “beard model” (I make a LOT of cocktails and somehow Frankie’s beard ends up in like ALL the pictures) always eats/drinks everything when I’m not looking too… it’s the WORST.

    • Jenn

      Thanks Ashley!!! I’m in love with the fact that you accidentally have a beard model. We should tie them up next time we shoot so they stop eating our work prematurely! haha

  • 5 stars
    Oh man…a week early? I would freak as we just moved houses and I am pretty sure if they came a week early they would be hand picking everything up and moving it as I was no where near being packed!
    And this snack mix? I love every bit about it!

    • Jenn

      They showed up even earlier than that unannounced. I almost died.

  • 5 stars
    I love homemade trail mix! One of my favorite snacks. 😀

    • Jenn

      Thanks Marissa! Mine too!

  • Yay for DIY trail mixes! Can I sub the caramel popcorn for salted caramel popcorn? I don’t have any non salted on hand. I could wash them first?

    • Jenn

      Haha no washing needed, it’ll work great!

  • Mmm, looks so good! Can’t beat that sweet + salty combo!

    • Jenn

      It’s my weakness! <3

  • This trail mix looks amazing! I hope you have a wonderful time in Florida!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Rachel! <3

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