When I was going to college, I liked to snack on a “trail mix” that I picked up from the cafeteria. It helped energize my mind and body between classes. This Trail Mix Energy Blend is one I made later in life when our family …
Every winter, my grandma made Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack. The name is accurate as this is very addicting, and it’s the perfect snack to put out in a bowl when you have company come over during the holidays.
Cheesy Ranch Snack Mix is a new twist on an old favorite cereal mix. Gather handfuls of Chex cereal, nuts, pretzels, and snack crackers, all flavored with ranch dressing and two kinds of cheese, including Vermont Aged Cheddar Cheese. So yummy.
Every Christmas my mom made our family the traditional Chex Mix with butter, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. It was always so good, and I made it myself for many years. Then our family transitioned to more of a cracker snack mix with other flavorings such as Ranch Dressing Mix. Again, yummy!
This cheesy ranch recipe is kind of a combination of the two, with the extra addition of cheese! Try it and see what you think! It’s at the top of my snack mixes to make this holiday season. I hope you will enjoy it as well.
Ingredients Needed to Make Cheesy Ranch Snack Mix
Corn Chex Cereal
Rice Chex Cereal
Wheat Chex Cereal
bite-size cheese crackers (cheddar, white cheddar, or a mix of both)
I’ve listed Chex cereals (rice, corn, and wheat) for ingredients, but I admit that I’ve used store brand cereals in their place.
I noticed nearly no difference in the wheat cereals. But I found the corn and rice Chex cereals did hold up a bit better during the mixing than the store brand. Usually, the Chex cereals can be found at a reasonable price during the holiday season, so if you’re able to buy that brand, I encourage it.
As for snack crackers, I will also buy the less expensive option, whether it’s Cheese-Its that are on sale, or a store brand option. I like to mix the cheddar and white cheddar cheese crackers if I can find them. Use whatever favorite wheat cracker you enjoy most. Or throw in another favorite cracker, if you so desire.
Instructions for Making This Recipe
Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on your counter or table.
In a large roasting pan, add in Corn, Rice, and Wheat cereals, mixed nuts, pretzels, cheese crackers, and wheat crackers.
Using a glass measuring cup, heat butter in the microwave for 20 second increments until melted.
Whisk Ranch Dressing Mix into the melted butter until combined.
Gradually pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and Vermont Aged Cheddar Cheese Powder over the cereal. Carefully mix in with a wooden spoon until combined.
Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes and again at the end. Allow to cool before serving.
You may store this snack mix in a covered container in a cool, dry place for 4-6 weeks–although I doubt it will last that long.