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You’ve got a new favorite snack cracker mix! This Touchdown Snack Mix is so buttery and yummy you won’t be able to leave it alone! Sometimes called Garbage Bag Cracker Mix, this addicting treat is made with popcorn oil, ranch seasoning, and all of your most loved crackers, pretzels, nuts, and salty snacks! Make it your own – just make it and fall in love!

Touchdown Snack Mix

My All-Time FAVORITE Cracker Snack Mix

The first time I had this Touchdown Snack Mix, was back in 2016 when our kids surprised us with a 25th Anniversary party here at our home.  They invited relatives, friends, and our entire wedding party.  It was fun to see all of those who came, and it really meant a lot to us that they took the time to do so.

I am sure at this point, you are wondering why I am talking about anniversary parties when this snack mix is called “touchdown snack mix.”  Well, that is because my Mom brought a whole bunch of this to our anniversary party for snacking. It’s her go-to recipe for snack mix, a recipe given to her by a co-worker a long time ago.

 

The Snack Mix with No Name

When my Mom was given the recipe all of those years ago, the recipe didn’t have a name. The top of the index card said “snack mix with popcorn oil and ranch dressing.” Even for this mix, that is a mouthful. 

It makes a big batch, so the next week I took the leftovers to our tailgate. It was devoured!

I started calling it Touchdown Snack Mix because it was just the perfect name for it. Touchdown, home run, goal — whatever you want to call it — you will score all kinds of points when you bring this mix to your next gathering!

 

Touchdown Snack Mix

I tried to figure out the recipe on taste alone, it’s a weird game I play with myself, please don’t judge. I thought I had it figured out, just by the taste.  Guess what?  I was so wrong.  I thought for sure it had to have a whole bunch of butter in it.  Nope.  None. But … it’s so buttery and addicting.  How could it not have butter?!

So I asked my mom to send me the recipe and when I read the ingredients, it totally made sense. The first ingredient: Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Oil! That is the key to this amazing mix.

I mean, what is more addicting than popcorn? I’ll tell you what … this snack mix!

 

Ingredients in Touchdown Snack Mix

Feel free to use what you like. Just make sure that you have the same amounts as the recipe calls for so that you don’t have too much or not enough of the popcorn ranch oil. 

  • Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Oil – You will find this where you purchase popcorn in your grocery store.
  • Hidden Valley Dry Ranch Seasoning – the packets are found by the bottled salad dressings. 
  • dry roasted peanuts – I like the salted ones! 
  • Cheez-It’s – cheese crackers are a must!
  • Original Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish Crackers
  • Parmesan Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish Crackers
  • Pretzel Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish Crackers – Sometimes I use these, sometimes I use pretzel balls or even mini twists!
  • Bugles – don’t forget to put them on the ends of your fingers before you eat them. 😉
  • Munchos Potato ChipsMunchos are sometimes these are hard to find. If you can find them, use them! They are so good! If I can’t find them I use the shoestring potato sticks!

You’ll find the exact amounts and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

How To Make Touchdown Snack Mix with Popcorn Oil and Ranch Seasoning

This ranch snack mix is super simple to prepare, mix it, coat it, bake it and serve it up!

You will need a big roasting pan.

 

Add in all of your chosen snacks.

Mix them together.

Heat popcorn oil and ranch seasoning on the stove and pour over the snacks. Carefully stir to coat. Be careful not to break everything. 

Alternatively – you can coat in a large paper grocery bag or trash bag instead of stirring. That is why some call it “garbage bag snack mix with popcorn oil” I guess?

Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Cool on paper towel-lined baking sheets.

Store in an airtight container. Keeps for weeks. 

 

LOVE IT? PIN IT! 

You don’t have to wait for tailgating or sporting events to nosh on this snack mix! Mix up a batch and enjoy it anytime! Pin it to your favorite Pinterest Recipe board before you go so you remember where you found the recipe!

 

Touchdown Snack Mix

Snack Mixes are my favorite thing to serve or to bring to a party. I love getting clever with them and watching them disappear. 

Speaking of clever, have you ever made a popcorn cake? They never disappoint – as does this 3 ingredient candy-coated “crack corn” recipe!

 

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So, make yourself up a batch — set down a big bowl, and watch it disappear! Walk away with your fist in the air and yell “TOUCHDOWN!”  M. logo An Affair from the Heart

Yield: about 3 Gallon Bags full

Touchdown Snack Mix

Touchdown Snack Mix

You’ve got a new favorite snack mix! This one is so buttery and yummy you won’t be able to leave it alone! Made with popcorn oil, ranch seasoning and all of your favorites!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Orville Reddenbacher Popcorn Oil (16 ounce size)
  • 1 package Hidden Valley Dry Ranch Dip seasoning
  • 1 jar dry roasted peanuts (16 ounce size)
  • 1 medium box Cheez It's (11/5 ounce size)
  • 1 (6 oz) package Original Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish Crackers
  • 1 (6 oz) package Parmesan Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish Crackers
  • 1 (6 oz) package Pretzel Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish Crackers
  • 2 bags Bugles (14.5 ounce family size)
  • 2 bags Munchos Potato Chips (41/4 ounce size)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Heat oil and ranch seasoning, taking care not to burn.
  3. Combine all of the crackers, chips and nuts in a large roasting pan. Pour oil mixture over the top and gently mix to evenly coat.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
  5. Cool on paper towels.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Store in an airtight container. Keeps for weeks!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition isn't always accurate.

This recipe was originally posted on October 4, 2016. It has been updated to improve the user experience on February 9, 2022.

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33 Comments

    1. The bottle is 12 ounces, yes, you use the whole thing. It makes a large amount. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. The addition of Cheetos, Honey Nut Cheerios and nacho Bugels just knocks this one out! And it freezes beautifully! I think we add another cereal or two and it makes so much we have to mix in a garbage bag. Love that you posted this one, it’s always a hit!

    1. Hi, Jennifer!! I am not sure where you live, but I find them at my regular grocery store. They are not as common as some brands, but I haven’t had problems here in Nebraska. You may also check convenient stores, like a 7 Eleven? If all else fails — Amazon maybe?

  2. My mom has been making this for years and its always a big hit. The key is the popcorn oil and ranch. Everything else is totally customizable. She will use up whatever she has on hand so its a great way to clean out the pantry too!

  3. We use the recipe as a guide for the amounts but then we go our own way. We like more nuts, and fewer goldfish. I like the white cheddar Cheetos too. We usually add a bag of tiny pretzels and sometimes a box of corn Chex! Use what you like and you canโ€™t go wrong! Delicious!

  4. Too oily and not enough ranch flavor. Took much longer to roast than stated, ended up taking out of roaster, placing on sheet pans and turned up to 250. Even paper towel rest and toss in a container doesn’t remove enough of the oil. Lots of product for just okay result.

    1. Your comment is the first I have EVER received that this recipe wasn’t successful. I am wondering if you didn’t have enough ingredients to oil ratio? I have made this so many times and I have never once had this problem?

  5. What’s the difference between Ranch salad dressing mix & Ranch Dip mix? I used Ranch salad dressing & the mix didn’t seem very flavorful.
    I couldn’t find muncho potatoes chips, so I substituted with pringle potatoes chips. I don’t reccomend them as they are too fragile and break apart when you stir the mix. I will try kettle baked chips next time.

    1. The mix is dry. It’s a packet of ranch seasoning that you mix with buttermilk to make ranch at home. More of a concentrated seasoning for sure. The Muncho chips can be hard to find. I also like to use potato sticks (shoestring potato chips) when I can’t find them.

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