Cinnamon Crunch Mix

Sep 2nd

Off to my husband’s football game with some friends and their kids. Question of the night? How long will a 2 year old watch a high school football game? Snacks were a must, this much I knew.
Though the pretzels are the perfect mix of “best thing I ever ate” and “worst thing ever for you”, the rest of the mix is fairly healthy. Just enough chocolate to keep us all interested (and, incidentally, to melt all over the children in the 80 degree heat) but with fortifying almonds and popcorn for fiber and protein. This mix would be easy to serve at a party or in school lunch boxes. The pretzels steal the show, though, so if you want to have something crunchy/sweet/cinnamon-y out with dessert a small bowl of these would go a long way. Just follow the directions up to the “mix with the other stuff” point.

Turns out Miss Tess enjoys watching football for the first twenty minutes and then wants to climb all over the bleachers and put her hands on strangers. Seriously, at one point she had her arms around an 85 year old man and was jumping up and down watching the cheerleaders. Shy she is not. The snacks came in handy and with the whole season stretching out in front of us, will go onto the “make-again” list.

Cinnamon Crunch Mix

Makes 8-10 servings

4 c. mini pretzels

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. dry milk powder

2 tbsp. flour

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. butter (1 stick), melted

big pinch kosher salt

1 c. roasted, salted almonds

6 c. kettle corn popcorn (popped)

1/2 -1 c. mini chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Mix pretzels, sugars, milk powder, flour, and cinnamon together. Add melted butter and mix until combined.

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2. Spread mixture over a foil or parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool. Crunch up pretzels, if desired.

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3. Mix almonds, popcorn and chocolate chips in a large bowl. When pretzel mixture is almost cool, add to bowl and combine. Keep in airtight container or divide into ziplock bags.

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