My favorite thing about the Super Bowl is the grazing. I just eat snacks all day long. I generally don’t really care what’s happening in the game, but I am always thrilled by the prospect of eating continuously for hours. And I know it’s not a day for counting calories, but I do hate all the processed stuff that confronts me from kick-off to trophy presentation. So, I created this “junk-free” snack mix.
It’s also a great mix for kids’ lunches as it is nut free and full of flavor! Often, you can throw together any kind of plain-grain cereal, pretzels, bagel chips (if you can find them), cheese crackers, plain, bite-sized crackers. Whatever works for you.
I don’t have a team in this years’ game, but I always enjoy watching. What’s your favorite part about the Super Bowl? Is it the fanfare or the compelling stories about players or life-long fans? Is it the actual game? The halftime show? Or, like me, is it the commercials? I’m always astounded by how much money companies invest in Super Bowl ads. And some of them are terrible. But perhaps that’s the point. Terrible can be memorable, too.
When I was in high school, I determined I wanted to go into the field of advertising. I don’t know why. I just thought the combination of creativity and business along with the psychology of branding was interesting. I even spent a day at a local advertising agency to get an understanding of the field. I came away with colorful ad samples and marketing collateral that told the story of a bourgeoning business. And I was intrigued!
Alas, it never happened. I took an advertising class in college, but I got sidetracked and ended up in accounting. Don’t ask me how that happened…
And here we are today. Isn’t life funny?
Anyway, even if you don’t watch the Super Bowl, I hope you try this savory snack mix. Make a big batch and you’ll have it all week. Enjoy!
Nut-Free, Junk-Free Savory Snack Mix
- 3 cups rice cereal Rice Chex
- 3 cups corn cereal Corn Chex
- 3 cups pretzel snaps or mini twists
- 2 cups oyster crackers
- 1 cup bite-sized cheddar crackers
- 1 stick salted butter
- ½ stick unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce preferably organic
- 2 1/2 teaspoons season salt I like the Trader Joe's brand
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees (F).
In a large dutch oven, gently toss the cereals, pretzels and crackers together with your hands.
In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave in 20 second increments.
Add the Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter and whisk with a fork until it gets a little thick. Pour on top of the dry mixture.
In a small bowl, whisk together the season salt, garlic and onion powders. Sprinkle on top of the mixture.
Gently stir everything together with a wooden spoon.
Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and dump the mixture onto two cookie sheets to cool. The pieces will become crunchier as they cool.
Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for up to four days.