The Super Bowl is only a few weeks away, and it’s never too early to start planning your menu. Whether you’re hosting a large group to watch the game or simply hanging out at home in your sweatpants, it’s always a treat to have a few fun foods to munch on while cheering on your favorite team.

Super Bowl Snack Mix

This snack mix was an unexpectedly delicious surprise found in the latest issue of our Hy-Vee grocery store magazine called “Seasons.” The picture alone made my mouth drool — a snack mix chock full of corn cereal, pretzels, oyster crackers and cheese curls! When I saw that the ingredient list included some spicy hot pepper sauce and Cajun seasoning, I knew this was a recipe I was going to make ASAP.

Even if you don’t plan to watch the big game, this is still a great little mix for lunches or snacks anytime. It’s easy to throw together, feeds a crowd, and the salty, spicy kick can’t be beat.

Super Bowl Snack Mix

lightly adapted from Hy-Vee Seasons magazine

  • 4 cups crunchy-style cheese curls
  • 2 cups corn Chex
  • 2 cups baguette or bagel chips
  • 2 cups plain oyster crackers
  • 2 cups pretzel rods or rings
  • 2 cups shoestring potatoes
  • 10 T butter, melted
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tsp Cajun or creole seasoning
  • 2 tsp hot pepper sauce

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Make sure the oven racks are in the top 1/3 and bottom 1/3 of the oven. Coat two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray. Melt the butter in the microwave in a small bowl. Then add the Worcestershire, creole seasoning and hot pepper sauce and whisk to combine. Throw together the rest of the ingredients in a very large bowl. Pour on the butter mixture and stir to coat well. Spread in even layers on the baking sheets. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Rotate baking sheets about halfway through the baking time. Store in an airtight container.

Amanda Sullivan

Hailing from Omaha, Amanda Sullivan is a rookie mom, a pretty swell wife (she confirmed this with her husband), a dedicated marketing and communications professional and an avid latte drinker. She writes about her new gig as a mother and offers up the occasional recipe when she's not changing diapers and falling asleep at 8:00 p.m.