STEPHEN'S SPICY SNACK MIX

8:30 AM

I really wish that stephen had more of a sweet tooth. whenever I make cookies or brownies, or anything sweet, he is rarely tempted to eat it. meanwhile, I've had spoonfuls of batter, plus like 10 servings of the cookies once they've baked and a couple more after they cooled down. ugh. I definitely have a sweet tooth, while stephen is into the savory.

his absolute favorite snack is spicy chex mix. I personally don't get it, but I figured if I'm going to marry the guy {!!!}, I should probably get around to making his favorite snack. don't worry, I've already mastered his favorite dessert {no surprise, it's based on a fruit}. this spicy snack mix is so very easy and chances are you already have all the ingredients you need to make it! next time you are having a game night, or watching the big game, or really just feel like making something to munch on for the week - this spicy snack mix is a crowd pleaser.


all the naked ingredients, before being doused with the potent spicy mix...



... and here's where the magic happens.







I think it could be fun to play around with the ingredients too, maybe add some cheetos or wasabi peas next time. but then again, why mess with a good thing?!


ingredients:

-6 c. mixed chex cereal (I used corn chex)
-1.5 c. cheez-its, or other cheddar-flavored crackers
-1.5 c. pretzels
-1 c. peanuts
-4 T. unsalted butter
-¼ c. sriracha
-2 T. soy sauce
-1 t. grated ginger (or powdered ginger, read the ratio on the container)
-1 t. grated garlic (or garlic powder)

instructions:

1. preheat your oven to 250°F.

2. mix the chex, cheez-its, pretzels, and peanuts in a large bowl. 

3. in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, sriracha, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. 

4. microwave the mixture in 15-second intervals until the butter is melted. stir to combine.

5. spread the mixture evenly over a large rimmed baking sheet (I just used a pizza pan). bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until the mix is crunchy. 

6. remove and serve! allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.

Written by Lauren from Lauren Alford Design

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