Best Snack Mix
It’s Friday!!!!!! Which means it’s time to face-plant into this snack mix. Like popovers, I have a history with snack mix. I freaking love it. Like almost all foods, I definitely prefer homemade snack mix, but in a pinch, store bought will do. Kind of. Although now that I have perfected this recipe, I’m not sure I can ever go back to store bought snack mix. Beware reader, I may have ruined all other snack mixes for you. But once you taste this I think you will agree it is worth it.
When my sister was in college I planned a weekend to drive down to visit her and being the nice and amazing and wonderful big sis that I am, I made some cookies and snack mix to bring to her. And then on the 3 hour drive I ATE ALL THE SNACK MIX. I wasn’t even hungry. It just tastes so good. The worst part is, I had already told her that I was bringing it so she was looking forward to some homemade snack mix. That never arrived. Somehow she forgave me (she is a bigger person than I).
And that wasn’t the only time I’ve eaten snack mix that I made for someone else. Two years ago Lane and I made a bunch of cookies and snack mix to take to the fire and police stations near us. The cookies definitely made it there, but all the snack mix was gone by the time we were getting ready to deliver the gifts. Y’all. It’s bad when I can’t even share with people who risk their lives to save mine. At what point do I need to check into rehab?
But this year was a turning point for me. I made some snack mix to bring to my in-laws (this snack mix) and I had Lane put it way up high in our kitchen where I couldn’t reach it while he was at work (seriously, I’m like a child) so it all survived to drive it down to Florida. And learning from my mistake with Maggie’s snack mix, I packed the gift mix in the back of the car. Far, far away from me. And it all made it in one piece. Growth.
Of course, when we got back home after visiting his family in Florida and eating tons of rich and fattening foods I made another batch of this snack mix for us to eat for dinner. Because I am a wife who cares about her family’s health…It has nuts in it and those are healthy…right?
Alright, here are my instructions for those of you who are new to snack mix making: like all the other recipes I post, it really is easy. The key is to stir it and make sure you don’t burn it. It kind of sounds like a pain to stir the mix every 15 minutes but pull up a comfy chair near the kitchen, pour yourself a glass of wine, and turn on Netflix. By the time you have made it through 2 episodes of Friends your snack mix will be done. Easy-peasy.
If you don’t keep a jar of bacon grease in your home no worries (although you should start- it will revolutionize your whole world…in a really delicious unhealthy way), just fry up some bacon and eat that as a snack while you’re waiting for the snack mix to finish cooking. See, I’ve got a solution for everything.
- 3 c. corn Chex cereal
- 3 c. rice Chex cereal
- 1 c. pretzels
- 2 c. cheddar crackers
- 2 c. mixed nuts
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/4 c. Worcestershire
- 3 T. bacon grease
- 1 T. garlic powder
- 2 t. chile powder
- 1/4 t. cayenne
- Preheat the oven to 250. In a large bowl combine the Chex cereals, pretzels, nuts, and cheddar crackers. In a small saucepan melt the butter. Remove from heat. Stir in Worcestershire along with the remaining ingredients. Pour over Chex mixture and stir to coat evenly.
- Spread mix out on a large baking sheet. Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Mix will be wet at first but will become dry as it cooks. If you can hold off eating it right out of the oven, it really does taste better when it has cooled. But if you can't, no judgment- I ate it hot out of the oven too...
- This snack mix has a lot of spice because that's how Lane and I like it- if that's not your thing you can definitely decrease the spice by half or more. Or, to make it spicier, use 1/2 t. of cayenne.