Appetizers / Snacks
Snowed-In Snack Mix
Bring on the blizzard if it comes with a batch of this addicting salty-sweet mix for munching. This snack mix is also great for holiday gifting.
Test Kitchen Tip
Get creative when it comes to the cookies in this mix — nearly any flavor works. But, when it comes to texture, you’re going to want a crisp cookie. The reason? Soft cookies crumble with repeated stirring of the mix and caramel. Crisp cookies hold up well. Bite-sized sandwich cookies offer plenty of flavor options, but the Test Kitchen favorite was Pepperidge Farm Chesapeake cookies. Broken into smaller pieces, they make every handful a perfect bite.
Preheat oven to 275°.
Cook bacon until crisp in a sauté pan and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate; reserve drippings.
Combine pretzels and bacon in a large bowl.
Boil drippings, brown sugar, golden syrup, cinnamon, and cayenne in same pan over medium heat, 2 minutes. Pour caramel over pretzel mix and toss until well coated, then stir in cookies. Transfer mix to a nonstick roasting pan and bake 30 minutes, stirring twice.
Coat a large piece of foil with butter. Pour mix onto foil and spread into a single layer to cool. Once cool, break pieces apart if necessary and toss with chocolate and sea salt. Store mix in an airtight container.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 429mg 17%
Carbs 38g 12%
Fiber 1g 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.