How to Make Snack Mix Without a Recipe, Sweet or Savory
Today: With just 4 steps and a trip to the spice cabinet, you can elevate all of the snacks already in your pantry into a mix that’s suitable for special occasions and raucous get-togethers.
Picture your favorite snacks: pretzels, peanuts, bagel chips, cereal, Fritos — the foods that, despite all our talk about kale, get us through day-to-day life.
Now, picture your favorite snacks blanketed in a coating of spicy, salty butter and baked in the oven until crispy and toasted. Suddenly, your favorite snacks have been elevated beyond the stuff of everyday sustenance. Now, they’re a diverse mixture of all the snacks you love united under a common flavor.
Ordinary snacks are for road trips, between-meal mouthfuls, school lunches, and watching TV. Snack mix, however, is suitable for special occasions and raucous get-togethers — and at this time of year, that means football games and Oscar parties.
To get started, you need to pick your path: savory or sweet. Spicy snack mix goes particularly well with ice-cold beers and chicken wings, but if you’re forgoing the big game and watching the Kitten Bowl instead, you might prefer a mix flavored with honey and dotted with dried fruit and chocolate chips.
1. Compose the ultimate mix. Get out a big bowl and start gathering everything you want as the base for your snack mix that will fare well in the oven. (You’ll want to hold off on any chocolate or dried fruit for now.)
This list will get you started:
- Chex in all of its iterations: corn, rice, wheat, and, if you’re going sweet, honey nut
- Nuts, broken or mini bagel chips, and bite-sized pretzels or pretzel sticks
- Cheerios or any other cereal of your choosing, like Kix, Crispix, or Life
- Goldfish, Fritos, or Bugles (yes, Bugles)
- Coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, and pepitas
Consider any tasty, bite-size morsel in your pantry to be fair game. Make sure that there are no duds in your mix — otherwise, your guests are going to scavenge for the good parts and you’ll be left only with the undesirable leftovers (rye chips, anyone?).