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Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix

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Parmesan ranch snack mix may just become your new favorite munchy. Loaded with crackers, pretzels, peanuts, bugles, and more, it is a salty snack lover’s dream come true. Of course, the Parmesan cheese and herby ranch really give it a flavor pop.

Serving bowl filled with snack mix featuring cheese crackers, bugles, peanuts, pretzels and oyster crackers coated in ranch mixture with bits of Parmesan cheese melted on it.

This irresistible snack mix is loaded with good stuff. You are going to find it hard to stop after just one handful.

Luckily, it makes a nice big batch, so there is plenty to go around. So, it is perfect for parties.

It also keeps well, so you can make yourself a batch and enjoy it over time. That way, you won’t have to share!

Snack Mix Options

My family loves a good crunchy snack mix. In fact, my brother says Chex Mix is his favorite Christmas cookie.

We have experimented with all sorts of different flavorings over the years. Taco Chex mix is a big hit, and so is dill ranch Chex mix.

But the thing is, yummy salty snack mixes don’t have to involve cereal. This fun mix features crackers, pretzels, peanuts, and Bugles.

We love using bugles in sweet snack mixes, too, like caramel Chex mix and white trash mix. Somehow, even though using them in a savory snack mix makes perfect sense, I usually don’t think to do it.

Now that I have, I don’t think I’ll stop. They were perfect in this mix!

Mix and Match Options

The best thing about making snack mixes like this is that they are completely customizable. As long as the total amount of crackers, etc. is pretty close to the recipe, it should work.

So feel free to play with different items. Goldfish crackers work great in place of the Cheez Its.

You could even use Parmesan goldfish crackers if you can find them.

Corn chips would be fun to try in place of the Bugles. Mixed nuts are wonderful instead of peanuts, but my guys will only eat the peanuts.

Shredded Parmesan cheese sprinkled over baked snack mix, ready to go back in the oven to melt.

If you like it spicy, add a dash or two of of hot sauce to the oil and ranch mix. Or add a few red pepper flakes to the oil.

We like adding a little bit of extra dill. That really amps up the ranch flavor and makes it extra tasty.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I store homemade snack mix?

Baked snack mixes like this one can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three weeks. You can also freeze them for up to four or five months.

Just make sure your snack mix is completely cooled before you transfer it to the container. That way, you won’t get condensation built up in the container and it will stay crisp longer.

Serving of Parmesan ranch snack mix in front of large bowl of snack mix, showing all of the flavorful crunchy bits inside.

Can I use butter instead of oil?

Yes, you can use melted butter in place of the oil. I usually use oil because it is more economical, and it allows the ranch flavors to really shine through.

Can I use homemade ranch seasoning?

Of course! If you make your own ranch seasoning mix, just use about 2 Tablespoons in place of the packet.

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Bowl of ranch snack mix with melted Parmesan cheese on all of the crackers, bugles, pretzels, and nuts.

Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix

Carlee
Parmesan ranch snack mix is the perfect mix of crunchy goodies. This salty snack is perfect for road trips, game nights, movie nights and more. It is sure to satisfy your munching cravings.
5 from 3 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 18 1 cup servings
Calories 470 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 package ranch seasoning mix
  • 3 cups cheese crackers
  • 2 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 7.5 ounce Bugles
  • 4 cups oyster crackers (one 9 ounce bag)
  • 2 cups peanuts or mixed nuts
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 250℉.
  • Stir together oil and ranch seasoning. Add a little bit extra dried dill if desired.
    ½ cup oil, 1 package ranch seasoning mix
  • Place all of the crackers, pretzels, and nuts in a large roasting pan. Drizzle the oil and ranch mixture over the top of everything. Stir to coat.
    3 cups cheese crackers, 2 cups mini pretzel twists, 7.5 ounce Bugles, 4 cups oyster crackers, 2 cups peanuts
  • Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes to melt.
    ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Cool completely before transferring to an airtight container for storage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 470kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 11gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 707mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 4gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 2mg
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Recipe Rating




Kris

Monday 11th of December 2023

This is a snack mix that I would love! The parmesan has it calling my name. Thanks for sharing!

Carlee

Tuesday 12th of December 2023

I hope you love it!

Andrea Nine

Friday 15th of September 2023

Pass this yummy snack mix stat! Love this recipe, love having little bags of homemade snack mixes around and for on the go.

Carlee

Friday 15th of September 2023

Yes, having easy grab and go snacks is a must!

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

Perfect for football season. I love that you don't need boxes of cereal!

Carlee

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

We like the cereal mixes, but I thought it would be fun to do one without this time!