Smackin' Good Snack Mix Recipe
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Smackin' Good Snack Mix Recipe

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Tailgaters love to munch, so this crunchy snack mix is perfect for a pre-game spread. "Everyone who has tried it likes it," says Lucile Cline of Wichita, Kansas. A retired Extension home economist, Lucile won a ribbon at the state fair with this recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 6 cups original Bugles
  • 5 cups nacho cheese-flavored Bugles
  • 4 cups miniature cheese crackers
  • 1 package (6 ounces) miniature colored fish-shaped crackers
  • 3 cups miniature pretzels
  • 2 cups Crispix
  • 2 cups lightly salted cashews
  • 3/4 cup butter-flavored popcorn oil
  • 2 envelopes (1 ounce each) ranch salad dressing mix

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 217 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 437mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 250°. In a large bowl, combine first seven ingredients. Combine oil and dressing mix; pour over cracker mixture and toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to three greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 40-45 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 quarts.
Originally published as Smackin' Good Snack Mix in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p11

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Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"Took it to a tailgate party and it was a keeper. Really good!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"This is awesome! After the first batch I switched plans and made bags of this for Christmas presents. Everyone loved it. I couldn't find butter flavored oil so I used 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup canola oil, heated them in the microwave until the butter melted, then proceeded. For the last batch I couldn't find cheese Bugles so I used nacho tortilla chips. It worked fine. This is a great recipe Lucile! Thanks for sharing it."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Making this again today for super bowl snack. Best ever!"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"made it this past weekend for tailgating. everyone loved it. it is hard to stop eating once you start. This will be replacing chex mix from now on !"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"This is such a great recipe! It's a must addition to any occasion. If you make it once and you'll be making it again."

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