Easy Game Day Snack Mix is the perfect make-ahead tailgating snack. Made with your favorite team’s colors, it’s a sweet/savory, crowd-pleasing game-day food you can make in less than 15 minutes.
I wanted this Game Day Snack Mix to be three things, simple to make, full of delicious things that my husband and I like to snack on, and festive. And, I think I checked all of the boxes with this fun and tasty, easy tailgating snack. I hope I will inspire you to whip up a batch today with your favorite team colors.
Whether you are tailgating with friends, hosting a tailgate party, or watching the big game on TV, my game day snack mix will help you score big!
The most fun thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever ingredients you like. When my sister first made this, she used two different kinds of cereal and pretzels, but I already had a big box Cheez-its, and I decided to add Bugles.
Personalize your game day snack mix with your favorite team’s colors:
For my game-day snack mix, I used M&Ms in FSU Seminole colors of garnet and gold. But you could just as easily add blue and orange for the Gators, and so on. The other great thing about making this tailgate snack is that there is no cooking involved. You just throw everything in a bowl, mix it up, and you are done! How great is that?
Want to change up this recipe and use it for another holiday, special occasion or a different theme? Just change up the candy colors. For a Christmas Snack Mix, use red and green candy, and for the Fourth of July, how about red, white and blue candy?
More Game Day or Tailgating Snack recipes?
Looking for more game-day or tailgating snacks? Check out these quick and easy recipes: Southern Boiled Peanuts, Southern Caviar AKA Redneck Caviar Dip, Kay’s Southern Pimento Cheese Spread, and Easy Cheesy Hot Corn Dip with Rotel and Jalapeno.
Need even more menu ideas and recipes, take a look at my roundup post: 41 Quick and Easy Game Day Snacks and Appetizers. And, if you still need more game-day or tailgate snack recipes, check out all of my appetizer recipes and snack recipes here.
Game Day Snack Mix Ingredients:
The ingredients I used to make this Game Day Snack Mix include Cheez-its, Bugles, small pretzels, and peanuts. (Feel free to substitute your favorite snacks or nuts) You will also need vegetable oil and a package of dry Ranch Salad Dressing Mix. I also added garnet and gold M&Ms which I found online at Amazon. (Feel free to substitute jelly beans or another type of candy in your team’s colors.)
How to make Game Day Snack Mix:
To make this fun Game Day Snack Mix, combine the Cheez-its, Bugles, pretzels, and peanuts in a gallon-size plastic bag and drizzle with the vegetable oil.
Seal the bag and toss gently to coat the mixture. Add the contents of the ranch dressing packet and toss gently again to evenly coat the mixture.
When you are ready to serve, pour the mixture into a large bowl and top with the candy. You can also make this ahead and store in an airtight container for several days.
Sharon’s Expert Tips:
I used our favorite snacks like Bugles and Cheez-Its to make this recipe. Feel free to substitute your favorite snacks and or nuts.
Also, be sure to personalize these game day snacks with your favorite team’s colors by using different colored M&M’s or another candy.
Store this snack mix in an airtight container to maintain it’s freshness.
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Easy Game Day Snack Mix - Game Day Food Recipe
- 2-1/2 cups Cheez-its
- 2-1/2 cups Bugles
- 2-1/2 cups small pretzels
- 1 cup peanuts or any nuts you like or have on hand
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 packet dry Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix
- 2 cups assorted candies in your team's colors M&Ms, jelly beans, etc.
- Combine the Cheez-its, Bugles, pretzels, and peanuts in a gallon size plastic bag and drizzle with the vegetable oil.
- Seal the bag and toss gently to coat the mixture. Add the ranch dressing and toss gently again to evenly coat the mixture.
- When you are ready to serve, pour the mixture into a large bowl and top with the candy.
September 18, 2019, updated this post to add additional tips for preparing this recipe. No changes to the recipe itself.