Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack

Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack

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Every winter, my grandma made Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack. The name is accurate as this is very addicting. At our house, we may go through 2-3 batches between Thanksgiving and New Years, to be enjoyed by all! But that works perfectly, because it gives me plenty of time to use up all of the crackers and cereal.

 

Ingredients to Make Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack

  • 17-18 cups of “whatever” – You can vary this to your taste: Pretzels, Cheddar and White Cheddar Cheese-its, Ritz Sticks, Wheat Thins, Oyster Crackers, Mixed Nuts, Corn Chex, Wheat Chex, and Rice Chex
  • vegetable oil
  • dill weed
  • garlic salt
  • ranch dressing mix (See my Homemade Dressing Mix Here.)

 

A Few Notes about The Ingredients

My mom also makes this recipe, but I believe she only uses 15 cups of “whatever.” She likes to make this recipe in bulk and gives as gifts for the family at Christmas. It’s always fun to see what crackers she uses in her mix.

Sometimes I will add in other flavors such as garlic, roasted tomato, or even chicken-flavored crackers. Really, anything goes in this recipe. And if you don’t like one of those listed in the ingredients, feel free to replace it with another or simply double up on a cracker that you enjoy.

I have found that upping the recipe to 17 or 18 cups will soak in the oil better, so that I don’t have a bunch wasted at the bottom of the pan. If you’d prefer to have more “seasoning” on your crackers, go ahead and follow my mom’s 15 cup rule.

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the table or counter.

Using a large roasting pan (with lid) measure out 2 cups of each: Pretzels, Cheddar Cheese-its, White Cheddar Cheese-its, Ritz Sticks (I like to buy the wheat kind, if I can find them), Wheat Thins, Oyster Crackers, Mixed Nuts, and the Chex cereal. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold to mix.

I save the Chex for last in an effort not to crush them when I mix the ingredients.

In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the vegetable oil, dill weed, garlic salt, and ranch dressing mix. (If using my homemade mix, measure out 3 tablespoons of the mix).

Pour oil mixture over the crackers and gently stir to fully coat. You’ll want to dip your spoon all the way to the bottom to mix everything well.

Cover the roaster and bake in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours, gently stirring every thirty minutes.

Allow to cool before serving. You may store in a covered container for 3-4 weeks. This will make 17 cups of cracker mix.

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Recipe for Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack

Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack

Every winter, my grandma made Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack. The name is accurate as this is very addicting. At our house, we may go through 2-3 batches between Thanksgiving and New Years, to be enjoyed by all!
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Course: Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chex Cereal, Crackers, Holiday Baking, Pretzels
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 17 cups

Equipment

Covered Roaster
Glass Measuring Cups
Wooden Spoon
Potholders

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pretzels
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese-its
  • 2 cups White Cheddar Cheese-its
  • 2 cups Ritz Sticks
  • 2 cups Wheat Thins
  • 2 cups Oyster Crackers
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 3 cups Corn Chex, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, 1 cup each
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing Mix See my Homemade Recipe Here.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the table or counter.
  • Using a large roasting pan (with lid) measure out 2 cups of each: Pretzels, Cheddar Cheese-its, White Cheddar Cheese-its, Ritz Sticks (I like to buy the wheat kind, if I can find them), Wheat Thins, Oyster Crackers, Mixed Nuts, and the Chex cereal. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold the mixture to incorporate.
    I save the Chex for last in an effort to not crush them when I mix the ingredients.
  • In a glass measuring cup, mix together the vegetable oil, dill weed, garlic salt, and ranch dressing mix. (If using my homemade mix, measure out 3 tablespoons of the mix).
  • Pour oil mixture over the crackers and gently stir to fully coat. You'll want to take your spoon all the way to the bottom to mix everything well.
  • Cover the roaster and bake in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours, gently stirring every thirty minutes.
  • Allow to cool before serving. Store in a covered container. Makes 17 cups.

Notes

*Feel free to use whatever combination of crackers, pretzels, and cereal that you like most. Some years I find different crackers to use at the store, but in general those listed in the ingredients are the basic ones that I look for.

Nutrition

Calories: 689kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 1147mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 6mg
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