Thursday, January 30, 2014

Super Bowl Snack Mix

Do you have a game plan for your Super Bowl viewing? Just like coaches refer to their playbooks, I like having some tried-and-true, go-to options for snacking. Snack mixes "score" because they require minimal effort and maximum taste.

I won't be flying high on game day since I'm no Seahawk, perched here on the plains of Kansas. I don't even have a "horse" in the race, unlike some of my Denver Bronco-loving friends. But we'll still be watching and munching this Sunday. (Unless it gets postponed to Monday because of weather. I heard that on some television newscast, but I can't imagine that happening. We shall see, I guess.)

On Sunday Bowl Sunday, some 8 million pounds of guacamole will be consumed. Football (and commercial) fans will tear through 28 million pounds of chips. My little contribution to making a dent in that mountain of chips purchased from the snack aisle? This snack mix that  I've been making for so long that I no longer know where I got the recipe. I've used it for VBS snacks, and it's always the savory snack mix option in a sea of sweet during the Christmas snacking season.

The combo of popcorn, pretzels and cheese curls gets even better with buttery seasonings. (It even has a bit of orange for you Bronco fans.)
Super Snack Mix-Up
1/3 cup butter
2 qts. popped popcorn
5 to 6 cups pretzels
3 to 4 cups cheese curls
2/3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2/3 tsp. garlic salt
2/3 tsp. seasoned salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine popcorn, pretzels and cheese curls in large roaster pan. Melt butter in microwave. Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and seasoned salt, stirring well to combine. Drizzle the butter mixture over the popcorn mixture and toss lightly to coat. Bake for 20 minutes total, stirring halfway through cooking time. Makes about 3 quarts. I always at least double this recipe. Store in an airtight container.

Need some other snack mix ideas before this weekend's big game? Here are a few other favorites:

AND, Good as Gold Snack Mix. (Hey, with a name like that, maybe this is the one for Olympics viewing!)

Even though it's Thursday, I'm linked today to Wake Up Wednesdays on Ashley's Kitchen Meets Girl. (Kansas Day preempted posting about food yesterday.) Click on the link for lots more recipes.


  1. Something that'll do good for a dessert for the super bowl is some brownies! Check this one out:

    Not only is it yummy but it's healthy too! it'll go well with this delicious recipe you put up that I'll definitely have during game day

  2. Yum! I might have to give one of these a shot.