Every year around Thanksgiving we make Party Mix. It makes a pot that literally lasts until Christmas. Sometimes though, you can’t really wait until Thanksgiving for party mix. And sometimes, you want your party mix to have some kick. Enter Mexican Snack Mix.
This makes a reasonable amount of snack mix (about 5 cups). Is super adaptable to whatever you have or want to throw in. It also has lots of yummy flavors, and a tiny bit of a kick. You could easily give it a big kick, if that is your thing too. See, super adaptable. I made this last Friday, and I am embarrassed by how quickly it disappeared. You have to be prepared, it is super addicting. I had to just stay away, because once I started, there was no stopping. But with only 2 tablespoons of butter in the entire recipes, it really isn’t that bad for you. Whole grain cereal, nuts, fat free pretzels….I could think of worse things to snack on
I found this recipe in the Tortillas to the Rescue. It is full of recipes that only use tortillas. I always have a couple sitting in my fridge, so I was excited to see all the other ideas of things to use them in. Be it dessert, appetizers, breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are recipes for everything.
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I am going to go ahead and nominate myself for Mom of the Year after dealing with these. They are super cute, and fun, and they taste good, but they are some work. Word of warning, if you are going to send them to school, make sure homemade snacks are allowed! In Iowa there was never a problem with making snacks or treats to send in. Well, in Colorado that is different!
My son’s first grade class was asked to send in something small to give the class for Christmas. They are teaching about giving and thinking of others on Christmas. A great lesson, especially for young kids. I was browsing Pinterest for inspiration with my 6 year old by my side, and we spotted this snack mix. Perfect! We also made, make your on play-doh kits. You can see instructions for those at Homemade Tip Junkie.
I sent all 22 of these pretty little packages to school to get passed out. A couple days later though, the phone rings. It is my son’s teacher calling. Immediately my heart drops, what happened, what did he do?! I have never gotten a call from a teacher before, I panicked! His poor teacher had spent 2 days trying to figure out a way for the district to allow these treats to be sent home with the kids. But the district has a policy of nothing homemade, and there was nothing she could do about it. She felt so bad, she knew how hard I worked on them, and she knew the kids would love them. At least the play doh kits were allowed!
So now, I have 22 bags of snack mix (plus the extra) sitting on my counter. My husband has taken to going through the bags to pick out the Santa hats to eat, and leaving the rest.
This is a staple at our house during the Holidays. My husband grew up with this recipe, and it has since become a tradition for us as well. There are all kinds of Chex Mix and Party Mix recipes out there, but I think this one is the best. Not sure what it is, but it just works! We make it in a giant canning pot, and that is where it stays on the counter until it is pretty much gone. I gave up years ago trying to change that. My husband (and me for that matter), is all about tradition. The party mix was stored in the pot on the counter while he was growing up, so that is how it should be done now. The good thing about it sitting out? You can always hear when someone is trying to sneak more party mix!
The key to making party mix is taste testing. You bake it at a low temp for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Every 15 minutes, after it has cooked for an hour, you are allowed to taste 1 piece. Trust me, it doesn’t turn our right if you don’t follow this special step. This was the rule when my husband was a little boy, and it is the rule now with our little boy…and he LOVES picking his 1 piece. We have changed up the nuts over the years. The original recipe calls for 2 pounds of mixed nuts, but I use 1 pound mixed nuts and 1 pound of cashews. We love cashews, and the 3 pieces you would get in the mixed nuts was just not enough for me!
This freezes really well too. Just put it in an airtight container, and store for up to 2 months. We have some in our freezer right now that we have to save for Santa. This makes an appearance at any get together we have in December, and would make great gifts as well.