I love Fall. Leaves changing to bright orange, yellow, and red … cool, crisp days perfect for a light sweater and woolen scarf … trips to the pumpkin patch … it’s my favorite season, hands down. Another classic sign of Fall? The giant bowl of candy corn and peanuts, aka “PayDay Candy Mix,” that graces my mother’s counter, filled over and over until Thanksgiving arrives.
This ubiquitous Fall treat, a mixture of equal parts candy corn and salted peanuts stirred together in a bowl, has been making an appearance at my mom’s house for years. It is said that this simple combination tastes just like a PayDay candy bar (hence the name), and to many it must, since everyone in my family who eats it always says, “Hey, this tastes like a PayDay candy bar.”
Truth be told, I don’t care for the PayDay candy mix. I think it stems from my intense dislike of candy corn, one of the main ingredients (okay, one of the only ingredients … go with me here), which I’ve always found to be just too sweet and, well, artificial. Even mixed with delicious, salty peanuts, I still can’t get on the candy corn train.
But, many people do love this strange treat and gobble it up by the handfuls (ahem, that would be my husband in the photo above … I hadn’t even finished taking my first picture when his hand zoomed in to grab a snack) so I’m sharing the recipe with you. It also makes an easy treat to share with friends and family … just fill a cellophane treat bag with a scoop or two of the mix, tie with a twist tie or ribbon, and voila, a super quick gift.
Happy Fall, Y’all!
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