With a combination of pretzels, cereal pieces, and pecans coated in a buttery, cinnamon-sugar mixture, this recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Snack Mix is a perfect choice to bring to a potluck or for a snack. With few ingredients, you can make this whenever you want a salty and sweet treat..
When you need a little pick me up between meals, reach for this snack mix that features cereal, pretzels, and pecans. It takes only a few minutes to prepare, and you can store it in large bags, munching on it all week long.
With a comforting, warming aroma, cinnamon is a spice that is frequently used in baking and snacks. Whether it is in granola, in a hot drink on a cold day, or in baked goods like cookies or cinnamon rolls, a pinch of cinnamon hits the spot any time of the year.
Cinnamon Sugar Snack Mix Recipe
Whether you want a snack mix for a game day party or for packing into your family’s lunchboxes, this recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Snack Mix is sweet, crunchy, and laced with cinnamon goodness.
Microwave Safe Bowl
- 3 cups Mini Pretzels
- 3 cups Rice Squares Cereal
- 1½ cups Pecan Halves
- 1 stick Butter
- ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
- ¼ cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter by microwaving it in 30 second bursts, stirring each time the microwave finishes. When the butter is liquid, set it aside to prepare the rest of the recipe.
In a large bowl stir together the pretzels, the rice squares cereal, and the nuts.
Drizzle the melted butter over the mixed snacks, stirring and agitating the cereal mixture to coat it all over in butter.
In a small bowl, mix together the sugars and the cinnamon.
Sprinkle this mixture over the cereal and pretzel mixture, turning and stirring the mixture until it is fully coated in the cinnamon and sugar.
Pour the mixture onto your parchment paper lined pan in an even layer. Put the pan in the oven and bake the mixture for about 10 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and stir the snack mix, spreading it evenly on the pan again.
Return the snack mix to the oven, baking it again for another 10 minutes.
Take the pan from the oven and allow the snack mix to cool on the pan for about 15 minutes.
Store the snack mix in an airtight container or in a gallon size zip top baggie for up to two weeks.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree that is grown in Southeast Asia. There are many varieties of cinnamon trees, a small evergreen with bark and leaves that have a delightful fragrance. Those who grow cinnamon peel pieces off of the cinnamon tree’s bark. The bark can be either ground for powdered cinnamon or rolled into sticks.
Cinnamon has been grown and traded for thousands of years, with its existence being mentioned even in the Bible. The ancient Pharaohs of Egypt ordered cinnamon in vast quantities to help prepare for their own eventual death and mummification. During these ancient times, cinnamon was more valuable than ivory or gold. Traders would bring the cinnamon from Indonesia on rafts all the way to the eastern coast of Africa, where Arab traders transported it northward to Egypt, the Holy Land, and beyond.
Did you know that cinnamon was so valuable in past centuries that certain civilizations fought wars over it? During the 1500s, the Portuguese arrived in Sri Lanka, which at that time was the largest cinnamon production area in the world. They conquered this area, for no other reason than to guarantee a monopoly over the cinnamon trade.
For over 100 years, the Portuguese held this monopoly until, in the 1600s, the Dutch arrived in Sri Lanka and drove out the Portuguese taking over their monopoly of the worldwide sale of cinnamon. The Dutch were a lot more ruthless than the Portuguese, however. They even went so far as to order the destruction of cinnamon trees that grew in India to maintain their monopoly.
Over time, however, the Dutch monopoly gradually disappeared as other countries found that cinnamon trees grew readily in other tropical areas. In modern times, cinnamon is grown and produced in South America and the West Indies, along with other tropical locales.
Before modern medicine gave us chemical medicines to treat our health problems, herbalists used cinnamon for a variety of ailments. The Chinese used cinnamon as a daily supplement for overall health, and they believed that cinnamon could give someone an overall youthful, healthy appearance. Cinnamon has also been used to treat stomach ailments and as an herbal pain reliever. Cinnamon oil is frequently used as an antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial treatment.
This recipe may not have medicinal levels of the valuable, ancient spice, cinnamon, but we are pretty sure that you and your family will enjoy this sweet treat that is studded with nuts and coated with sugar and cinnamon. It is easy to make and makes a large bowl of snack mix that you and your family will be able to nibble on all week long. It is also a great gift for holiday treat baskets. Stir up a batch of Cinnamon Sugar Snack Mix today!
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