I am going to start this post by letting you know that this is more of an INSPIRATIONAL post rather than a particular recipe. I am going to need you to use your imagination a little bit here, and get creative in your kitchen! Come on, just keep reading, you’ll love this post and most likely totally want to take a crack at creating a snack mix yourself!
I made ALL of my snack mixes SAVORY! That’s right, I mean admit it, there is enough sugary substances floating around this time of year in the form of cookies, tarts and pies that we can use something savory in our mouths. These savory snack mixes are not only delicious, but make awesome gifts as well! Put your snack mix creation in a beautiful box or tin and show your friends and neighbors you care!
DON’T, however, let your friends and neighbors in on the fact that these snack mixes are unbelievably quick and easy to make, and super friendly on your wallet. These small details can be our little secret (picture me winking at you right now, and also saying “You’re Welcome”.) All you need for this savory creation is a blend of “snacks”, a stick of butter, your favorite spice mix and about 15-20 minutes of your time. Boom!
One of my absolute favorite places to go is to this beautiful little spice shop in my town. The walls are filled with glass bowls of all kinds of different spice mixtures that you can take down and actually smell. If I’m being honest, my nose has literally been in every single glass bowl inside that store, but in a totally professional way. After professionally sniffing everything, I picked out my top four spice mixes that I became instantly excited to try out on my savory snack mixes. The winners you ask? Get excited! The winning spice blends were as follows: CAJUN Spice blend, CINNABAR SMOKE BBQ Spice blend, COASTAL CRAB BOIL Spice blend and THAI RED CURRY Spice blend.
After picking out your spice blend (or blends!), the next step is to figure out what combination of “snacks” you are going to use. My staple snack mix is both stick and twist pretzels, dry roasted peanuts (2 cans), CheezIt Grooves (2 Boxes) and Chex Mix rice cereal. I was able to make FOUR batches of snack mixes with them! You can’t go wrong using those, but I have also used Wasabi peas, and I have even seen someone use crunched up Ramen Noodles with the Ramen seasoning packet as their seasoning blend!
After selecting your spice and snack blends, you are ready to go home and create! Melt a stick of butter on the stove and add in your spice blend to let the flavors seep into the melting butter and really awaken those spices! Pour over your snack mix and bake to perfection! You will know it’s done when your house smells scrumptious!
Now, the recipe below is a basic recipe, but the recipe that I am trying to convey in this blog also consists of using creativity and enjoying experiences! Starting with being excited about your experience of going to pick out your favorite spice blends to use, just like I did at my local spice shop! Enjoy yourself this holiday season, and maybe think about putting this snack mix making experience on your holiday “To Do” list this year!
I’d love to hear about your creations! Leave a comment and let me know what spice mix YOU tried!
P.S. My playlist song of choice for this recipe experience is No Sacrifice by Elton John, because nothing about making or gifting this recipe is a sacrifice on your part!
- 1 ½ Cups Dry Roasted Peanuts
- 2 Cups CheezeIT Grooves
- 3 Cups Chex Mix rice cereal
- 2 Cups Pretzels (one cup stick, one cup twist)
- 3-4 Tablespoons of your favorite spice mix (I like to use 4 for extra flavor)
- 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine snack mix in a large bowl. Over medium heat, melt one stick of butter and add in your spice mixture while the butter is melting.* Pour the melted butter and spices over the snack mix and toss gently until everything is coated. Put snack mix in a single layer on top of two sheet trays lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12 minutes, let cool store in your favorite holiday container, or separate containers to give as gifts!
- *I like to save a little extra spice mixture to toss the snack mix in after it comes out of the oven, just for extra flavor!