Cheesy Snack Mix

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup popcorn kernels

2 cups crisp rice-and-corn cereal (such as Crispix)

1 1/2 cups salted sesame sticks

1 1/2 cups cheddar-filled pretzel sandwiches

1 stick unsalted butter

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

4 cups puffed cheese balls


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Heat the vegetable oil and 3 popcorn kernels in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the kernels pop, add the remaining popcorn and cover the pan. Cook, shaking the pan frequently, until the popping has almost stopped, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for a few minutes, covered. Uncover and discard any unpopped kernels.
  2. Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl and add the cereal, sesame sticks and pretzel sandwiches; toss well. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisk in the garlic powder, mustard powder, sugar, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Pour the butter mixture over the snack mix and toss well to coat.
  3. Spread the snack mix in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake, gently stirring halfway through, until the popcorn is crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to a large bowl, add the cheese balls and toss to coat.