It’s crunch time! Whether spending days swimming, hiking, camping or just Netflix-ing, be prepared for summer snack attacks.
Trash Bag Mix
8 ounces corn snacks (like Bugles)
8 ounces cheese crackers (like Goldfish)
16 ounces pretzel twists
20 ounces salted cashews
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (1-ounce) packet dry ranch dressing mix
Pour all ingredients into a clean, unscented trash bag or a large container, and mix well. Mix again every 10-15 minutes for an hour. Store in an airtight container.
Notes: Measurements are approximate. Add any other crunchy ingredients that you like.
Gina Smith, Paragould
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups pecan halves
Combine orange zest, orange juice and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a rapid boil. Add pecans, stirring constantly over high heat until syrup is absorbed. Remove from heat, and stir, separating pecans. Turn out onto parchment-lined cookie sheets to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Note: Make as a snack, as gifts or as a topping for summer salads.
Ellen Gifford, Bella Vista
Linda’s Maple Toffee Chex Snax
5 cups corn cereal (like Corn Chex)
1 cup salted peanuts
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
1/3 cup toffee bits (like Heath)
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine cereal and peanuts; set aside.
In a separate small microwave-safe bowl, add butter, brown sugar and maple syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stopping to stir after 1 minute. Pour syrup on cereal mixture, and stir to combine. Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to stir after 1 minute. Add toffee bits, stir, and microwave 1 more minute.
Spread on parchment-lined cookie sheets to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Notes: This recipe is one of my own creations. Makes a great snack for traveling, tailgating, camping, after-school munchies or whenever!