It's that time of year where people are blowing up search engines for the perfect party or snack mix recipe. Well, look no further. We have found the most addicting snack mix recipe that you won't want to share with your friends and family.
Here's one piece of advice before we begin. If you do decide to share this snack mix with your loved ones, be sure to make a double batch. The other batch will be zip-locked and tucked away in your food's designated hiding place. I can't be the only one who has a food hiding place, right?
A blogger named Jessica from "How Sweet Eats" has her snacks together. But this one of hers is becoming a fan favorite. Let's begin with the recipe, shall we?
6 cups rice Chex cereal
4 cups pretzel twists
3 cups Cheez-it crackers
2/3 cups cashews
2/3 cup peanuts
1/3 cup pepitas
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons bacon fat
1/3 cup corn kernels
3/4 cups wasabi peas
Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F. Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the Chex cereal, pretzels, Cheez-its, cashews, peanuts, and pepitas.
Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add butter. Whisk butter constantly for about 5 to 6 minutes or until the butter is sizzling and brown pieces appear. Remove the butter from the heat and pour into another bowl. Then, whisk in the brown sugar, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
Pour seasoned butter over the Chex mixture and toss together for about 5 minutes, or until everything is covered. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet.
Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
If you'd like to add the bacon fat, then keep reading.
Heat a large nonstick skillet or a pot over medium heat. Add bacon grease. Once it has melted, add the corn kernels. Shake the pan slightly. Once the kernels start popping, cover the pan, but continue the shaking. Keep shaking until all the kernels are popped.
Remove from heat. Mix the Chex mixture, popcorn, and wasabi peas together. Serve and Enjoy!
TIP: Jessica points out that the mixture is good for about a week. Any longer it starts to get stale or soggy.