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Salty-Sweet Party Mix

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Whether you prefer the buttery richness of classic party mix or you’re on the sugarcoated puppy chow team, this recipe has you covered. Sweet from honey, savory from miso and nutritional yeast, and a touch spicy from chili powder—it’s the perfect crowd-pleasing snack. When choosing crackers, nuts, and cereal for the mix, be sure to keep texture in mind. Look for ingredients with lots of nooks and crannies, which will give the seasoning plenty of places to cling to. The rough texture of pecans, walnuts, broken rice cakes, sesame sticks, and Chex cereal were some of our favorites.


  • 4 cups assorted crackers, broken into bite-size pieces if large (such as sesame sticks, rice cakes, and/or rice crackers)
  • 2 cups assorted crispy cereal (such as Rice Chex and/or Multi-Bran Chex)
  • 2 cups assorted raw nuts (such as pecans and/or walnuts)
  • ½ cup ghee or unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp. Diamond Crystal or 1½ tsp. Morton kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. Kashmiri chili powder, gochugaru, or mild crushed red pepper flakes, such as Aleppo-style

Recipe Preparation

  • Place a rack in center of oven; preheat to 300°. Toss crackers, cereal, and nuts in a large bowl to combine.

  • Melt ghee in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in garlic, honey, and miso and cook, whisking occasionally, until just beginning to bubble around the edges, about 1 minute. Pour dressing over cereal mixture and toss with a flexible rubber spatula to coat. Sprinkle sesame seeds over and toss again to combine.

  • Transfer party mix to a large parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing twice, until toasty and golden in color, 40–45 minutes. (The mix will feel soft out of the oven but will get crispier as it cools.)

  • Meanwhile, grind nutritional yeast, salt, and chili powder in spice mill or with mortar and pestle to a fine powder.

  • While still hot, transfer party mix to a large bowl. While tossing, sprinkle spice mix over and continue to toss until evenly coated. (If you try to season the mix on the baking sheet, you’ll lose most of the spices to the sticky bottom.) Remove liner from baking sheet. Return party mix to unlined baking sheet and let cool completely.

  • Do Ahead: Party mix can be made 1 month ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe by Sohla El-WayllyReviews SectionCAUTION: Highly addictive! I baked it for about 35 minutes. Used rye crakcers, multigrain crackers, sesame sticks, honey roasted peanuts and some pecans.. YUM! Now to let it cool before inhaling..AnonymousChicago, IL04/27/20Sorry for everyone who ends up burning this mix, I'd check your oven temperature with a proper thermometer and not depend on the oven itself. I *slightly* burned my first batch of this but I was cooking in a friends oven that was far more jank than mine.Whatever the case, once you get this mix working, it is divine. The nutritional yeast/pepper mix also works amazing as a popcorn sprinkle.AnonymousChicago, IL03/28/20I want to give this one another change and try it again since it really burned and I only had it in for the minimum time suggested in the recipe. The flavors were tasty but it really burned quickly.AnonymousLawn Guyland, NY01/08/20Typically wouldn’t right a review but this was insanely delicious and perfect. I used Simple Mills Farmhouse Cheddar crackers as one of my crunchy items, rice Chex, gf pretzels and a simple sea salt plain round cracker so nothing crazy.. I will make it again, probably exactly the same! Used cashews, pecans and walnuts . Ran it by several family members and they loved it. Thank you!I never leave reviews but this was a total recipe fail. Even though I baked it for the minimum amount of time it was completely burnt. I couldn’t have reduced the baking time either or it would have been a soupy mess. I’m so disappointed because it sounded delicious.Second time making this recipe. It *is* addictive. I've only used nutritional yeast a few times and was a little weary about using it here but I tried it with a halved snack mix recipe, wasn't sure I liked it, came back 5 min later, still wasn't sure, then finally I came around. The mix without it is decent on its own but nutritional yeast takes it to another level. Also, I used Shenbei snowy rice crackers and wheat chex, both highly recommend for good, balance of different types of crunch, flavor as well as great vehicles for the wet and dry ingredients.AnonymousSan Jose, CA12/21/19This stuff is addictive! Highly recommend including cheez-its in the mix, as well as rye crackers. I've done it using white miso and brown rice miso, both good options.Sounded like it would be good but it was actually dreadful. Even the smell was unbearable. Into the dumpster.AnonymousVancouver12/20/19Do not use Whole Foods 365 brand black sesame crackers! The recipe was delicious but something about the baking process made these rice crackers take on an acrid, chemically taste (even though there aren't any weird ingredients). The rest of the mix is delicious!Make sure you toss the mix with the nutritional yeast mixture immediately after removing from the oven. I waited a few minutes, and the amount it cooled in that time made it less sticky for the powder dusting. Also don't skimp on the milling process for the nutritional yeast. It doesn't coat well if it's not fine enough.Anonymoustoronto, ON12/17/19I made this for a holiday get together and it was well received. I uses all the crackers, etc. that the recipe recommended. I loved the rice cakes. They seemed to really absorb the butter mixture nicely. I only baked mine for about 23 minutes because my oven is STUPID but, boy oh boy was it odoriferous! Delicious.nataliematz88Omaha, Ne12/14/19kind of can't believe that I have become the type of person that makes party mix but here we are! this was delicious, my husband loved it too. next time ill take it out of the oven 10 minutes sooner, I think mine runs hot-- some pieces got a little too brown but that's no fault of the recipe.AnonymousOklahoma via New York 12/10/19Violently allergic to yeast, but know it adds a necessary flavor to savory treats. Any suggestions as a substitute?phainoSan Francisco12/08/19

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