Go ahead and grab a handful! Whether watching the Big Game, hanging out with friends on a Friday night or celebrating the start of the holidays, snacks mixes are an essential part of a party feast. Most play off the classic Chex mix, which has become beloved for its contrasting flavors and textures. Here are 5 top-rated snack mixes that are ready in 30 minutes or less, giving you a lot more time to kick back and enjoy friends and family.
Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts from Chef John are in the mix because they bring on the protein power, big time, while still meeting the party snack mission of that mixed bag of flavor. Plus, it’s ready in under 30 minutes. Pro tip: Bake on a silicon sheet or parchment paper for easy clean up.
Chex®icago Party Mix is a tribute to the Windy City’s love of the sweet and savory combo, with crackers contributing a cheesy crunch. Pro tip: Double the batch and store extra in airtight containers up to two weeks.
Dana’s Party Mix is a big hit with movie popcorn fans, as it calls for tossing ingredients in butter-flavored popcorn oil and Ranch dressing mix. Pro tip: Some reviews suggest cutting back on that ingredient so the pretzels and crackers and mixed nuts stand out.
White Chocolate Snack Mix hits the sweet spot with candy, though a heaping helping of cereal and salted peanuts keeps it from going way over the top. Pro tip: The recipe’s author suggests trying various nuts, and even using granola instead of one of the two types of cereal.
Guilt-Free Snack Mix might be lighter than many variations, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on tasty goodness. Think yogurt-covered raisins and dried fruit. Pro tip: Try using kitchen shears for the fastest way to snip the dried fruit.
Have More Time?
Watch this short video on how to make the popular Caramel Snack Mix. It takes just over an hour to prepare and makes the perfect gift to take to holiday gatherings.