Salty-Sweet Honey-Mustard Snack Mix

We tested this recipe nearly ten times to strike that perfect flavor balance between tangy, savory mustard, onion and garlic and sweet honey and brown sugar. The end result? An irresistible snack mix that you'll keep craving long after the bowl (and your fingers) have been licked dry.

From Leah Brickley for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 25 min
 
YIELD: about 10 cups
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 5 cups broken sourdough pretzel pieces
  • 4 cups crisp corn cereal, such as Corn Chex
  • 2 cups plain bagel chips
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted and salted peanuts
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the pretzel pieces, corn cereal, bagel chips and peanuts in a large bowl.

Combine the butter, mustard, honey, Worcestershire, onion and garlic powders, 1 tablepsoon of the mustard powder, red pepper flakes and salt in a small saucepan. Place over medium-low heat and cook, whisking, until the butter melts and the mixture just begins to bubble. Remove from the heat.

Pour the butter mixture over the pretzel mixture and toss until thoroughly coated. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted and mostly dry, 20 to 22 minutes, stirring and tossing the mixture about halfway through the cooking time. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet.

Rub the brown sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon mustard powder together with your fingers to make a fine powder. Transfer the toasted snack mix to a large bowl and toss with the mustard-brown sugar mixture. Let cool completely, and then store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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  • on January 30, 2014

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    I am a sucker for those honey-mustard pretzel nugget mixes. I've actually tried to make a mix like this on my own before, experimenting with flavors, but it always came out way too sweet or the mustard would leave a really unpleasant aftertaste. This recipe really hits that perfect balance!

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