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Ranch Snack Mix

This is a wonderful fast-to-fix munchie. The recipe makes tons and doesn't involve any cooking. It's a cinch to package in individual snack bags, it keeps its crunch and it's a savory alternative to the cakes and pies usually offered at bake sales. —Linda Murphy, Pulaski, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    32 servings (6 quarts)


  • 1 package (12 ounces) miniature pretzels
  • 16 cups Bugles (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 can (10 ounces) salted cashews
  • 1 package (6 ounces) Goldfish cheddar crackers
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 3/4 cup canola oil


  • In 2 large bowls, combine the pretzels, Bugles, cashews and crackers. Sprinkle with dressing mix; toss gently to combine. Drizzle with oil; toss until well coated. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 185 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 357mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • RenaGam
    Dec 11, 2017

    I served this at a family football party and everyone loved it. Even my cousin who claims to be a snack mix expert.

  • Rachel
    Dec 11, 2017

    I highly recommend two changes. First, mix the dressing mix and oil together; this will distribute the dressing more evenly. Second, I recommend to bake in a large roasting pan for 60 minutes at 200 degrees, stirring gently every 15 minutes. This will ensure that nothing gets soggy, and also helps distribute and "soak up" the oil.

  • amsm
    Oct 15, 2017

    This snack mix was ok, we really liked the ranch flavored bugles it gave us. I feel like the ranch didn't get distributed evenly on all the different pieces, and it was really strong on some pieces. I ended up throwing most of this out, as my family didn't really care for all of it.

  • Susie77
    May 11, 2017

    Delicious! I added a tsp of garlic powder but that's the only change.

  • topper4
    May 10, 2017

    Made this for an American Cancer Society fund raising bake sale. It was WELL rec'd, especially as an alternative to a baked sweet item. I was told "this recipe is a KEEPER for sure". Now, looking at the other reviews, I will add a touch more ranch next time. It's been a HUGE hit though- thank you!

  • newrecipejunkie
    Nov 27, 2016

    I am adding another 5-star rating. I made this for our annual (adult) kids fall birthday party. (All of them plus one spouse were born in the fall so one big party is easier.) This snack was a huge hit. The recipe makes a LOT which comes in handy for a crowd. My clan was picking around the pretzels so I think I will try subbing wheat Chex the next time I make it for my family. The only negative thing for me is that it was a little too salty for my taste but nobody else mentioned that . One more thing: due to my extreme nut allergies, I subbed a 9 oz. bag of oyster crackers for the cashews. I will be making this again and again.

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Nov 10, 2016

    Brought this as a "vegetarian" option side dish to an office potluck. This recipe is easy to follow and quick to make - better for a bulk batch than buying it pre-made!

  • PageRD
    May 26, 2016

    I was a little skeptical at first but I needed an easy treat for a meeting. I didn't want to deal with the oven and since this recipe had lots of things I love, I went with it. I was afraid it would be really oily but it wasn't. It was tasty and just right for a roomful of hungry office managers.

  • denisediederich
    Dec 5, 2015

    Was looking for some easy snack mixes for my kids for the holidays. This was very easy and got 2 thumbs up from the kids. YUM! Thanks. Will have to make this more often. Thanks for the quick easy recipe.

  • hkarow9713
    Dec 5, 2015

    This is always a hit! We take it to every family gathering. It's also really easy to switch up the ingredients if you can't find something! My family and I like to use corn chips instead of Bugles.