Category Archives: Appetizers/Snacks

Chexicago Party Mix

A friend of mine made this Chexicago Party Mix for a holiday open house one year. I could not stop eating it! I like the Original Chex Party Mix, but I think I like this even better! It’s called Chexicago Party Mix because it’s inspired by the sweet-and-salty caramel and cheese popcorn combination that’s popular in Chicago. I started mixing up my popcorn that way about ten years ago, and had no idea it was a favorite Chicago treat! I really like the sweet and salty (and cheesy) combination of flavors, so I have to say that I think Chicagoans have great taste when it comes to snacks! 🙂

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Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn

When I think of autumn flavors, cinnamon is one of the first to come to mind for me. I use cinnamon in quick breads, muffins, cakes, all kinds of treats…and I guess that’s why this Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn stood out to me when I reviewed the cookbook Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix  a few years ago. 

As the book mentions, this Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn is inspired by a caramel sticky bun drizzled with vanilla glaze. It has a yummy, slightly cinnamony caramel coating and it’s drizzled with melted white chocolate—a combination that’s definitely hard to resist!

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S’mores Granola

The first time I ever added chocolate to granola was when I made Chocolate Chip Cherry Granola. I loved the combination of chocolate and granola! So I thought I’d try making S’mores Granola. S’mores are such a classic treat, so why not make a granola version? I used Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, and Golden Grahams cereal to mimic the chocolate-marshmallow-graham cracker flavors, and these all worked really well with my granola base.

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Cowboy Cornbread

Cornbread is great with chili, and this Cowboy Cornbread is extra-good because it’s meaty, it’s cheesy, and green chilis and jalapeños give it a little kick! Actually, this cornbread seems like it could be a meal in itself, served with a salad or soup. Or you could cut it into small squares and serve it as an appetizer or snack—this would be great for game day!

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Layered Black Bean Dip

I have a big weakness for dips, so I try to just make them when I need to bring something to a party or get-together—that way, I have plenty of people to help me eat it! 🙂 This Layered Black Bean Dip is really easy to make, and I like to think that the black beans make it a little healthier! 🙂 I added a little plain Greek yogurt to the original recipe to make the base of the dip a little creamier and also topped it with some green onion slices.

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