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Ultimate Snack Mix recipe is highly adaptable and irresistible! Special oil and spices make this party mix the best around. It’s perfect for snacking any time of day!

Let’s be real, you won’t be able to stop eating this Ultimate Snack Mix!

 Snack Mix

Raise your hand if you like to snack?!

Yeah, me too! In fact, Big Daddy claims all I do is a snack. Welllllll, it could be true! My Ultimate Snack Mix is a flavor explosion and full of crunchy goodness. It’s hard not to snack on it. It’s also easy to throw together and perfect for a party. It will be your new favorite!

I adore this mix. I don’t usually make a ‘Snack Mix’ just for us. I’d eat wayyyyyyyy too much of it. For some reason, I associate the traditional Chex Mix with Christmas. That’s the only time I remember my mother making it. It’s so yummy, isn’t it? Every time I’d walk by the bowl of mix I’d grab a handful…………..


My oldest turned 11 in July. With a group of 10 and 11-year-old boys hanging out for the night, I thought it would be good just to have out so they could munch at their leisure. It was a light bulb moment, 10 and 11-year-old boys Eat. A. Lot.

So this is not your average, every day, traditional, same-ole-boring Snack Mix. For one it uses popcorn oil! I. know. right!? It really adds to the richness and flavor. Then there’s Nacho Bugles and Ranch dressing… well, just take a peek below for the entire recipe.

I hope you enjoy it as much as the boys did!

Ultimate Snack

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Snack Mix

Ultimate Snack Mix

The ultimate mix of salty and crunchy in a mix recipe that you won't be able to stop eating!
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16 servings


  • 14.5 ounce bag Bugles original flavor
  • 14.5 ounce bag Bugles Nacho flavor
  • 6 cups toasted corn cereal
  • 2 cups salted peanuts or any nut you prefer
  • 5 cups Cheese It's
  • 6 ounces Colored Goldfish I'll use regular gold one's next time, I don't prefer the red and green colors
  • 3/4 cup popcorn popping oil
  • 2 packages ranch dressing mix


  • Mix the first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix oil and dressing mix.
  • Pour oil mixture over cracker mixture and stir.
  • Pour everything onto 2 large sheet pans and bake at 250 degrees 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 611kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. Paula, I will be making the Ultimate Snack Mix for our tailgate this fall. I am looking forward to more tailgating recipes to try out for the Grove.

    1. Charla, I thought of a couple of recipes that would be easy for you. This Muffuletta could be put together completely before you even drove to Oxford or at least easily put together the morning of with nothing to cook. https://www.callmepmc.com/2012/09/muffuletta/ I even did Muffuletta on a Stick and it’s fun but more time consuming. https://www.callmepmc.com/2012/09/muffuletta-on-a-stick/ Also, for 11 a.m. games this Sausage Roll is one of my go-to dishes. I’ll cook the sausage the night before then just assemble and bake that morning. https://www.callmepmc.com/2012/03/sausage-roll-call-me-pmc/ This Pimento Cheese you could use as a hot or cold dip (I would bake it in a bread bowl if doing it hot) or make sandwiches with it. https://www.callmepmc.com/2013/01/3-cheese-pimento-cheese-call-me-pmc/ I hope this helps, I’ll still be thinking of more for you!

      1. Thank you so much Paula for such a quick response. Will try these before our first home game and have the family try them out. If you think of more recipes please pass them on.

  2. This looks so good, Paula! I know I said on FB (or maybe it was G+) that I loved these pics. Well, I am going to say it again. I love the pic! I bet you are enjoying that new camera!

    1. It’s a love/hate relationship with the camera, like, I just want to know it. I want to know what to do, what settings to use ALREADY. But, I am surprising myself with the pictures, at least I’m glad it was somewhat the camera and not just me! 🙂

  3. Hopping here from Grow Your Blog. Nice variety of articles. Looking forward to seeing more on G+

    1. It may be a ‘Southern Thing’. They’re the triangler shaped things in the picture, so good. Headed to check out your blog now, thanks for the visit!

      1. Oh wow this sounds like the most perfect snack– if only I would pop a crisp through the screen and take a scoop now!

    1. It’s addictive!! Promise…. and I picked all the nacho bugles out so you may want to put extra of those!! 🙂

  4. Hi Paula. I’m a new participant from Julie’s social post from today. I’m a new follower and I’m hoping you’ll take a look at my blog. And as for this snack mix, I haven’t had Bugles in years. Love those things. I didn’t realize they still made them. I’ll have to pay more attention next time I’m on the snack aisle.

    1. My boys ‘discovered’ Bugles a couple of years ago and for a while that’s all they wanted. I didn’t know they even have nacho flavored until recently, but, boy, are they good! I ate way too much of this. Headed to your blog now!

  5. Dear Paula,

    I live on the MS Gulf Coast and travel to Oxford for every game day at Ole Miss. We tailgate and it’s a lot of work. I’m trying to come up with recipes that I can make ahead of time, and that would travel well. Getting to Oxford, after midnight, and cooking after we get there makes it not only a long day, but very stressful. Do you have any suggestions( other than having it catered by someone else which is very expensive) that I can make ahead and put in a cooler and take up with me?

    1. Charla, thanks for commenting. I’m actually working on a tailgating post right now. I haven’t thought about those of you that travel and then have to cook, that puts another spin on it. It can be a long day even if you didn’t have all the traveling that you do. I can imagine you’re tired!! Let me think about it this morning and see what I can come up with.

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