No matter what kind of gathering you have, a party mix is always well received. I like mixes with a little “something for everyone” with a variety of flavors and textures. This no bake version delivers, with goldfish crackers, pretzels and bugles, all seasoned with the flavors of ranch. Delish!
Ingredient list – full recipe
- Mini pretzels (10 ounces)
- Bugles (12 ounces)
- Goldfish crackers (6 ounces)
- Cashews (10 ounces)
- Dry ranch mix (1 envelope)
- Canola oil (1/2 cup)
How to make this ranch party mix
Nothing could be easier than this. Basically, mix everything together and serve. LOL.
You will notice that the ingredients are in commonly available sizes. You should be able to buy a bag of each item and just dump it all in a big bowl – no measuring!!
However, this recipe (originally found at Taste of Home) really does make a TON. Like, “you shouldn’t be having gatherings this big during a pandemic” size. If making the entire recipe, you will need 2 large mixing bowls to mix and hold it all.
But I have found that it is really easy to make a half batch of this. It’s still a LOT of snack goodness in a big bowl. And the proportions aren’t super critical so you can just eyeball adding about half of each ingredient. The only things I measure are the dry ranch seasoning (2 tablespoons for a half batch) and the canola oil (1/4 cup for a half batch).
How to store the ranch party mix
The good news is, this snack mix does keep. Simply store in airtight containers and you will be able to snack on it for quite a while. It’s very convenient to make a day or two before your party, store it in a large container and simply open and pour into a serving bowl when needed.
You can definitely vary this with your favorite munchies. I sometimes like to add corn chips for a little “extra” touch. I prefer to add the corn chips after everything else is mixed. This is because corn chips are already oily enough, don’t need to add any canola oil to those chips!!
Mixed nuts could be substituted for the cashews, or the nuts could be eliminated if nut allergies are an issue. I might actually increase the nuts in my next batch, because we love them so much in this house.
Instead of Goldfish crackers, maybe try some Cheezits. Oyster crackers would also work well. Use your favorites!
This ranch party mix is a guaranteed hit!
Ranch Party Mix
- 12 ounces miniature pretzels
- 12 ounces Bugles
- 6 ounces Goldfish crackers
- 10 ounces salted cashews
- 1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
- ½ cup canola oil
- In 2 large bowls, combine the pretzels, Bugles, crackers and cashews.
- Sprinkle with dry ranch dressing and toss gently to combine.
- Drizzle with oil; toss until well coated.
- The mix can be served right away or stored in airtight containers until needed.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.