Sweet & Salty Snack Mixes

I’m a snacker; always have been. Most of my childhood photos show me eating some sort of snack. Or holding a whole bag of Bugles. (#noshame) I’m pretty sure I get it from my dad, who always has the new snack mix, bars or cookies to try. Is it weird to have almost a full pantry dedicated to this sort of stuff? I think not. And while most people buy snack mixes from the store (Hi, dad!), I like the option of mixing them up at home. I LOVE being in the kitchen, customizing and making different things in anticipation my family will enjoy something different from the usual snack mix.

While some of my experiments are winners and some are … not, I have a few winners to share with you! Seriously, they will disappear and you’ll have to lie to your kids that it’s still “cooking” while you go hide in the closet … eating some for yourself before all the littles gobble it all up. (#noshame) 

Oh, and did I mention Tastefully Simple dip mixes make excellent snack mix seasoning? Let's be honest - Tastefully Simple dip mixes are a great flavor booster for any meal of the day.

First up: Cheesy Pizza Snack Mix:
Add the snack ingredients to your slow cooker.
Cheesy Pizza Snack Mix | Tastefully Simple

Mix up the butter and both packets of Cheesy Pizza Warm Dip Mix. If you like a less salty snack mix, only add one packet.

Cook on LOW for 2-3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes, until desired crispiness. Take out of slow cooker and put on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and serve!
Cheesy Pizza Snack Mix | Tastefully Simple

And if you're looking for a sweet snack, you'll have to try Sweet Caramel Snack Mix, made with Creamy Caramel Sauce.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Put dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Sweet Caramel Snack Mix | Tastefully Simple

Heat Creamy Caramel Sauce in the mircrowave for 30 seconds and put into a small mixing bowl. Stir in 1 teaspoon baking soda until combined. Drizzle over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Place on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Sweet Caramel Snack Mix | Tastefully Simple

Remove from the oven and break into pieces to serve.

Fun ways to serve it for the kiddos!
  • Origami anyone? Make a cute little boat to serve it in.
  • Try a cone shaped french fry holder - yes please! Adorable snack mix holder!
  • Snack baggie butterfly holder. Instructions below.

Sweet Caramel Snack Mix | Tastefully Simple
Butterfly Snack Bag
Creating little favors is easy with a resealable baggie, clothes pin and pipe cleaner!
  1. Fill baggie with snack mix (not too full, since you'll have to squeeze the middle).
  2. Clip the middle of baggie with a clothes pin.
  3. Bend the pipe cleaner into butterfly antennae and put in the clip.
  4. Decorate the clothes pin to look like a butterfly.

Easy peasy, right? And oh, so tasty! Give these snack mix recipes a try - feel free to customize cereal and ingredients to your family's liking!

Rebecca

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