This easy recipe for Goldfish Snack Mix is sure to become a family favorite! A mixture of Chex cereal, pretzels, nuts, and Goldfish crackers come together to make the perfect snack.
Keep it on hand for quick after-school snacks, or bring it to your next potluck!
Have you been looking for a good snack mix to satisfy your crunchy cravings? Try this new take on the classic Chex Mix recipe: Goldfish Snack Mix.
Made with the kid-favorite Goldfish crackers, this salty snack is perfect for all ages. Just set out a big bowl full and watch it disappear!
Reasons to Love This Recipe:
- Easy to make. You need just a few simple ingredients and less than an hour to make this simple recipe.
- Tasty snack. If you're hunting for something savory to snack on while you prepare dinner, make a giant batch of this snack mix to keep on hand for a quick bite.
- Great for kids. Since it contains one of the most popular childhood foods (Goldfish) it's popular with young kids and perfect for birthday parties.
- Customizable. Whether you want to add a packet of dry ranch dressing mix, parmesan cheese, or Old Bay, there are plenty of options for creating your ideal flavor combo.
- Chex cereal: I like to use a blend of 2 types of Chex cereal, but you can use whatever you like best! I do rice and corn Chex, but wheat Chex is also quite popular.
- Goldfish crackers: Use your favorite type of Goldfish crackers. I used original for the sake of simplicity.
- Pretzels: You can use whatever type of pretzels you like best - regular, mini twists, sticks, or pieces.
- Mixed nuts: I recommend using a deluxe blend of mixed nuts, but you can use whatever you like best. If small children are eating this Goldfish snack mix you may want to finely chop the nuts before adding them.
- Butter: This can be either salted or unsalted, depending on how salty you like your snack mix to be!
- Worcestershire sauce: This is a key ingredient, and not one to be skipped!
- Seasonings: You will need seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Feel free to explore more creative ideas and add ranch seasoning, Old Bay, or parmesan cheese.
- Rimmed baking sheet: You'll need one of these for baking the snack mix (if going with the oven method). I use and recommend USA Pan sheet pans.
Step one: Add the cereals, nuts, pretzels, and Goldfish crackers to a very large bowl. Stir to combine.
Step two: Melt butter in a saucepan over low-medium heat (OR in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave).
Step three: Once the butter is melted add the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to combine.
Step four: Pour the melted butter and seasonings over the snack mix.
Step five: Stir everything together so that the butter coats the dry ingredients evenly.
Step six: Spread onto a parchment-lined baking tray and bake in an oven that has been preheated to 275ºF (135ºC) for 25-35 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp.
Tip: Stir the mixture every 10-15 minutes during baking to promote even browning.
Step seven: Allow to cool to room temperature, then either add it to a large bowl for serving OR transfer to an airtight container.
Crock Pot Method
Yes, you can make this easy snack mix in a slow cooker! Here's how:
- Add the cereal, nuts, pretzels, and goldfish crackers to a large crock pot insert. Stir well.
- Melt the butter, then add the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Pour the butter mixture over the cereal and cracker mixture. Stir well until everything is well coated.
- Cook on "low" for 3 hours, stirring every 1 hour to prevent burning.
- Turn off the heat, remove the crock from the base, and remove the lid.
- Allow to cool to room temperature before serving or storing.
Leftover Goldfish Snack Mix can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.
Top tip: For the best results, make sure that the snack mix is completely cooled before adding it to a container, as warm food will cause condensation in the jar, which accelerates spoilage.
For gifting: Add individual portions to pint or quart-sized jars, and add a pretty ribbon and custom label. Cellophane bags also work well. Perfect for after-school snacks or a Teacher's gift.
Without nuts: It's very easy to substitute the nuts in this recipe. You could swap them out for ½ cup of any other dry ingredient (Goldfish, pretzels, or cereal), or use another favorite snack mix option in its place (bagel chips, oyster crackers, rye chips, cheerios, etc).
Worcestershire sauce: If you don't have some on hand but still want to make the recipe, try using soy sauce, tamari, coconut aminos, malt vinegar, or ketchup instead.
Without Chex: Crispix or Life cereals make a good substitute for Chex. If you live in Canada or the UK, Shreddies is a good option as well.
- Old Bay snack mix. If you want to add this classic New England favorite to your snack mix, you're welcome to do so. Leave out the garlic powder and onion powder, and instead add Old Bay seasoning to your taste. Oyster crackers are a nice addition too!
- Parmesan cheese: If you want to add a really salty and nutty flavor, go ahead and add ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese to the melted butter mixture. Talk about yummy!
- Ranch snack mix: Okay, if you have some serious ranch lovers in your house, I think you'd love a ranch option, right? I recommend adding 1 packet of ranch seasoning right after you mix together the cereal, pretzels, nuts, and Goldfish crackers. THEN pour in the butter mixture and stir to combine.
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Goldfish Snack Mix
- 4 ½ cups Chex cereal a mix of your choice - I used rice and corn
- ½ cup mixed nuts
- 1 cup pretzels
- 1 cup Goldfish crackers
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- Preheat the oven to 275ºF and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Add the Chex cereals, mixed nuts, pretzels, and Goldfish crackers into a large bowl.
- In a separate microwave-safe bowl, add the butter. Heat in 30-second intervals until completely melted (or in a saucepan over low-medium heat).
- Add the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to the melted butter and stir well to combine.
- Pour half of the melted butter mixture over the cereal and Goldfish, and toss well to coat. Add the remaining half of the butter mixture, and toss well until everything is evenly coated.
- Spread the prepared snack mix evenly over the baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
- Transfer to a bowl with a tight lid or an airtight container.
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