Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix Recipe

Stacey Mebs | Bake.Eat.Repeat. Updated

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix will be the snack bowl your guests keep returning to. Addictive!

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You know those snack mixes you can get, nuts and bolts or whatever they're called? I don't buy those often, but when I do they always disappear so quickly. I swear they must put something in those things that makes it impossible to stop eating them. I like snacking though, so having snacks on hand is a complete necessity in my house. And when they can be homemade? Even better.

Now, I'll admit this is not completely homemade. I did not make little goldfish crackers and shreddies cereal bits (I hear these are called Wheat Chex in America?) in order to get a snack mix. Obviously. That's just crazy talk. I don't have time for that. Spend eight hours making a batch of goldfish crackers just to have them all gobbled up in five seconds? No thanks. I like making as much as I can from scratch, but I don't drive myself crazy with it either.

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And sometimes you still want a tasty snack mix. The beauty of this mix is that you can use whatever "mix" ingredients you want. I used goldfish crackers, Shreddies cereal, whole almonds, and some mini alphabet pretzels. But that can be changed to whatever you like. Use just pretzels if you want, more nuts, no nuts, different crackers or cereals. Whatever. The sweet and spicy coating on it is what makes it amazing. You can't go wrong with sweet and spicy in my opinion.

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Of course, my kids don't totally agree with that. They thought this was a little too spicy. I thought it could have used a little more heat. So feel free to adjust the amount of cayenne to your preference. I promised the kiddos that I'd make it plain old sweet next time, no spicy at all, but I kind of feel that might be a little boring. Oh well, I suppose I could make two batches, sweet and spicy for the adults and just plain sweet for the kids.

But I'm suspecting that they actually liked the hint of spice just fine. Or this is just as addictive as the store-bought variety. Because it was gone awfully fast, and I didn't eat very much of it!

Perfect to snack on, or to pack in a lunch. Plus, it's quick and easy to whip up. Can't ask for more than that!

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Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix Recipe

    14 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex Cereal, Shreddies in Canada
  • 2 cups Small Pretzels
  • 2 cups Goldfish Crackers
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 4 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the almonds, cereal, pretzels and goldfish.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  5. Pour this over the pretzel mixture and toss until everything is evenly coated.
  6. Spread the snack mix on a baking sheet in an even layer, and bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring once.
  7. Let cool completely, and store in a sealed container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.

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Author: Stacey Mebs
Source: Inspired by Crazy for Crust.
Recipe Yields: 14 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 14

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 53
Calories 167

% Daily Value*
10%
Total Fat 7g
8%
  Saturated Fat 2g
14%
Sodium 331mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate 24g
3%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 5g
8%
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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About Stacey

Stacey loves to Bake. Eat. Repeat. so much that it inspired the name of her blog. With three young kids at home, she's become an expert at packing lunches. Say hello to our Lunchbox fanatic!