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Smackin' Good Snack Mix Recipe

Smackin' Good Snack Mix Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Smackin' Good Snack Mix

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cbergan User ID: 1967024 99289
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

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

EloisePotratz User ID: 5179178 154317
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."

littlelady88207 User ID: 432885 107528
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

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

apexmom User ID: 6202783 154310
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 !"

deb3346 User ID: 1821731 99287
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."

lseil User ID: 4290973 154302
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"I have made this recipe soooo many times and constantly get asked for the recipe. I have a hard time keeping my hands off of it and always make a point of having the ingredients on hand to make!"

Mom Morgan User ID: 2286858 156133
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"I have never EVER participated in the comments section of any online recipe before, but I must tell you, this is the BEST snack recipe, hands-down. Each time I serve it, I am begged for the recipe - don't let the seemingly unusual combination of ingredients keep you from trying this; it's just as easy to make as the Chex mix, but SO SO SO much better!!!"

cjpeter User ID: 1685048 96951
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"I didn't have butter-flavored popcorn oil, so I used olive oil and it worked great!"

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