Sweet & Salty Snacks

Happy New Years Eve! I have been on quite the hiatus from blogging, and well social media in general this Christmas break. I must admit, I have watched a LOT of TV. I guess I know what I would do if I didn’t have blogging.

So, as you all are looking for something quick and easy to make for your New Year’s parties, I have two new go to recipes for you.

Butterscotch Snack Mix
Ranch Oyster Crackers

I must admit the butterscotch snack mix was inspired by my friend, Megan, over at Gal in the Middle. She makes the most addicting White Chocolate Snack Mix AKA White Trash. I was SURE I had the ingredients when at 10 pm one night I remembered I needed a snack for the next day. Well, I didn’t, so I improvised.


I didn’t have pretzels but did have chow mein noodles. Which made me think of haystacks. For anyone who took Microwaving in 4-H back in Illinois, you know what I am talking about. So, I thought I could make the butterscotch flavors work for this snack mix.

I started by melting a bag of white chocolate chips with butterscotch chips together.

But when I did the finger dip taste test something was missing. So, I grabbed the peanut butter and added a big scoop to the mix.

 

While this was melting all together, I mixed together 3 cups of corn chex, 3 cups of rice chex, 3 cups of cheerios along with 2 cups of peanuts and 2 cups of chow mein noodles.

Then pour the melted chocolate/butterscotch over the cereal mixture and stir to cover completely.

Then pour the M&Ms in to the mix. This way the candy coated shell will not melt off.

Pour the mixture out over a parchment lined counter to cool and harden up.

The results are the perfect mixture of sweet with salty.

Now, the oyster crackers are probably something I have had at one time or another, but a recent tailgate I got hooked to these munchies. The recipe is simple and can be found over at the Hidden Valley Ranch site.

Start by pouring the 16-18 ounces of oyster crackers in a large ziploc bag. Pour 1/4 cup oil over top of the crackers and shake to coat.

Then pour one envelope of ranch mix, 1/2 teaspoon dill weed, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder over the crackers. Shake to cover once again.

Pour out onto a baking sheet.

Bake on 25- degrees for 15-20 minutes till the crackers turn a golden brown.

I like mine to be really golden so I let them go a bit longer. Use your judgement.

Enjoy your New Years Eve!

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