Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

I spend a lot of time with Mom and talking about Mom, but tomorrow’s Father’s Day, so it’s time to focus on Dad.

Since he still works, I don’t get to spend that much time with him, but when we do get to have some quality father-daughter time, we have a lot of fun. We have some really interesting, insightful conversations and every once in awhile we do some super cool things.

Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds

A couple weeks ago we went to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform with the Terrence Blanchard Quintet. The tickets were a last minute thing and he had to work both the day we went and the next day, so I know he was tired and would have rather been at home chilling, but he went mostly for me.

Neither of us had ever seen the Orchestra before. We’re not huge classical or jazz music fans, but the idea of a night out and a new experience sounded like fun.

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

We drove downtown on a beautiful evening and walked around Orchestra Hall before taking our box seats. The stage was all set up for the musicians to take the stage.

The first half of the show was only the Quintet while the orchestra joined them for the second half. I really appreciate music and thought some of the movements in the second half were stunning. They took my breath away.

But it’s not like going to a concert or musical. It’s just them playing music and you watching. It’s not music you’ve heard before most likely and it’s not like you’re going to sing along.

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

I enjoyed myself and was glad I went, if only to have an excuse to wear a fancy dress and get out of the house. But Dad … he was DYING! He was so bored. He read the program in full more than once. He fidgeted in his chair and probably stealthily played with his phone. He wanted to leave so badly but restrained himself from asking if we could go until two hours in when we both thought the show would be over.

Clearly after that night Dad deserves this Father’s Day! I hope he appreciated the time we spent together at least, even if he’s not going to be jamming to classical music on his way to work any time soon.

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

Dad deserves this Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix too. When I had the opportunity to check out Blue Diamond’s Sriracha Almonds, I jumped at the chance. I love almonds, Sriracha and anything Blue Diamond.

The nuts on their own are super addictive, but added into this snack mix … OMG! You’ll want to eat the whole tray. Not that I recommend that. This is easy to make and such a crowd pleaser. Bring it to parties and picnics, pack it for lunch, grab a handful to watch a movie, bring some to the symphony … okay, maybe not that, but you’ll want to eat this snack mix all the time!

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Varies


2 cups coarsely broken pretzel twists

1 can Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds

2 cups Corn Chex

¼ cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/3 cup dry milk powder

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1-2 teaspoons Sriracha


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a large bowl, stir together pretzels, almonds, Chex, sugars, and milk powder until combined.

Add butter and Sriracha to taste. Stir until the mixture is fully coated. Spread into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant. Cool completely on pan, then break into chunks and serve! Mix may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


Recipe adapted from Christina Tosi


This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

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  1. Your dad is such a trooper! I would have died laughing had you two snuck some of this mix in, haha… Probably a bit too loud and crunchy for the symphony 😉 I hope you’re enjoying the day with your dad!

  2. Great story about your dad! And sometimes it’s fun to expand our horizons, isn’t it? Hope he had a great Father’s Day to make up for it.

    • Yes, sometimes you find new things you love … and sometimes you don’t. It’s all part of the adventure.

  3. Debbie Eccard says:

    I love the symphony but I can understand the boredom for your Dad…. There is, however, nothing boring about this snack. I love spicy, crunchy nuts of any kind and this looks fabulous!!!


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