Get the party started with a sweet or savory snack mix. They're easy to make, easy to transport, and make great gifts.
Brown Sugar-Spiced Nut MixAchieve a bronzelike patina on these candied nuts by keeping a close watch near the end of their roasting time. Too long and they'll overdarken and take on a bitter flavor.
Spiced Mixed NutsSpice up your holiday snack foods with this easy, all-star recipe. A winning combination of Old Bay seasoning, Worcestershire, and crunchy mixed nuts is a tasty favorite for guests and it's a great gift idea.
Munch & Crunch Snack MixRoasted pumpkin seeds, chili powder and red pepper give this sweet and crunchy snack mix a Southwestern flair.
Sweet Chipotle Snack MixGround chipotle pepper and chili spices combine with sugar to coat this three-part combo of pepitas (pumpkinseeds), almonds, and cashews. Make it ahead of time and bring with you to your next holiday gathering or as a hostess gift.
Comet’s White Chocolate CrunchThis sweet cereal-and-candy mix is a favorite of both children and Santa's reindeer.
Microwave Snack MixThis speedy mix makes a whopping 13 cups, so make a batch or two and then present to neighbors, friends, and teachers as a salty sweet gift. The mix stays fresh for up to five days.
Sugared Curried PecansAdd spicy and sweet notes to roasted pecans with curry powder and sugar.
Santa Snack MixThis mixture featuring crunchy cereals, sweet raisins, and spices is sure to be a family favorite during the holidays. It also doubles as a healthy snack for Santa when he's delivering presents.
Easy Party Snack MixWasabi peas and sesame sticks gives this super-simple snack mix an Asian flair. You can make the whole recipe in less than 20 minutes.
Spicy Sesame-Nut MixIt'll be hard to stop nibbling on this sweet and spicy mix of pecans, peanuts, and pine nuts. The nuts are coated in a mixture of sesame seeds, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, sage, and just a touch of honey, and you can make them up to a week ahead.
Gold-Dusted White Chocolate PopcornTake ordinary popcorn to another level by combining with nuts and dried cranberries, drizzling with melted white chocolate, and sprinkling with edible gold dust.
Spicy-Sweet PecansThe egg white helps the spice mixture adhere evenly and gives the pecans a crisp, glossy coating.
Santa Fe Snack SeedsSunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds may be small, but they contain quite a few nutrients, so you don't have to feel guilty about snacking on this sweet and spicy mix. Pack the mix in small airtight containers for a fun gift idea.
Candied Rosemary HazelnutsAt the Portland restaurant Ned Ludd and Elder Hall gathering space, chef-owner Jason French serves this addictive nibble with a cocktail they call the Porch Swing. He also packs it up for camping trips and bike rides with his family.
Healthful Fruit-and-Nut MixNo cooking required! This simple mix tosses together a combination of good-for-you ingredients including mixed nuts and almonds for a dose of heart healthy fat and dried apricots and dried cranberries for fiber and vitamin C.
Warm Spiced CashewsChinese five-spice powder lends a distinct toastiness to these sweet and savory nuts. They're perfect to whip up as a quick, make-ahead, crowd-pleasing appetizer for holiday entertaining.
Asian Party MixThis flavorful appetizer is loaded with traditional snack mix ingredients like pretzels, corn and rice cereal, and peanuts as well as a few new crunchy favorites—wasabi peas and sesame rice crackers.This flavorful appetizer is loaded with traditional snack mix ingredients like pretzels, corn and rice cereal, and peanuts as well as a few new crunchy favorites—wasabi peas and sesame rice crackers.
Chili-Spiced NutsEnjoy this unique blend—pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds—flavored with ground chipotle chilies for a casual snack or a pre-dinner munchie.
Peppered Caramel CornThis two-ingredient treat pulls double duty as a party-opening nibble and a sweet snack.
Sweet-Hot Spiced PecansThese pecans are perfect for munching because they're sweet from the sugar, spicy from the cayenne pepper, and have an authentic holiday flavor from the cinnamon and allspice. Keep on hand as a snack for unexpected guests.
Crisp and Spicy Snack MixOne batch might not be enough because this snack mix will be snatched up fast. It features the flavors of a traditional party mix but with a spicy zing.
Spicy Herb Roasted NutsFresh herbs add a special flavor to these roasted nuts, but it's okay to substitute dried. Lightly coating the nuts in maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness.
Spicy Almond-Pumpkinseed Snack MixThis gluten-free snack mix is made with gluten-free rice cereal squares, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and a mixture of savory spices.
Munchable Snack MixThis sweet-and-salty mix is ideal to take along for a road trip. It's a snack that will appeal to savory and sweet lovers alike.
Sweet Chipotle Snack MixGround chipotle pepper and chili spices combine with sugar to coat this three-part combo of pepitas (pumpkinseeds), almonds, and cashews.
Sweet and Spicy Nut MixBake crispy rice cereal squares, almonds, and pretzels in a mixture of brown sugar, maple syrup, and spices for a crunchy snack that's the perfect blend of salty, sweet, and spicy.
Trail MixAdding a little bit of sweet fruit makes this trail mix taste like a treat!
Trail MixThe trick to get kids to eat trail mix—add just a little bit of the sweet stuff to the nutritious stuff so it tastes like a treat! Pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium and zinc, and the cranberries are chock-full of vitamin C and fiber.
Nuts and Bolts Trail MixNuts and Bolts Trail Mix satisfies a sweet and salty craving while giving you an energy boost throughout the day.
Tropical Trail MixStave off that energy slump with this tasty, stamina-boosting Tropical Trail Mix
Fruit-and-Nut Trail Mix"At the restaurant, I used to take slices of bacon off trays, stuff them in a roll and eat that as a snack," says chef Jeremy Sewall of Lineage in Brookline, Massachusetts, who has lost about 40 pounds. He now stashes healthy snacks, like this roasted nut mix, everywhere to help him resist other temptations.