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Zesty Snack Mix Recipe
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Zesty Snack Mix Recipe

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Reveals Jeanette Grantstein of Wichita, Kansas, "This crisp snack mix is a mouthwatering combination of sweet and spicy. I've taken it to numerous gatherings. Make a bowlful when the munchies hit."—Jeanette Grantstein, Wichita, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 4 cups Corn Chex
  • 4 cups corn chips
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cereal, corn chips, peanuts and oats. Combine butter and honey; drizzle over cereal mixture. Sprinkle with chili powder, salt and oregano; toss to coat.
  2. Spread in a single layer in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, stirring once. Cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 10 cups.
Originally published as Zesty Snack Mix in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p64

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"I recall preparing this snack mix when it was featured in Taste of Home. I'd used tortilla chips since I hadn't the corn chips available. I'd used 3 Tbsp. of pancake syrup in place of the honey at that time since I didn't have honey! I do recall using 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and 1 tsp. regular salt. Instead of chili powder, I recall using curry powder. I used a large roasting pan and stirred every 15 minutes. This way, the mix wouldn't stick to the pan!

I thought that this mix was tasty! There are such a variety of snack mixes to try! delowenstein"

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"We like snack mixes in my house, the whole family liked this one. Its a good combo of salty sweet. I didn't have oats or peanuts, so I left them out. I did add some oyster crackers, that I had on hand, they were ok, but I think mini ritz would be a lot better. I didn't have onion salt, so I subbed a tsp. of seasoned salt and a tsp. of onion powder. I also added a tsp. of garlic powder and tiny dash of cayenne powder. Because of the honey, this will burn easily so keep watch, I had to turn my oven temp down by 25 degrees."

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