The next time you’re craving something salty, spicy,
crunchy or tangy—or all of the above—make one
of these snack mixes, created by chefs to
hit their own sweet (or savory) spots.

Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray Every Day’s Snacker in Chief

Chicago-Style Sweet & Salty
Credit: Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

Chicago-Style Sweet & Salty

Bottom-of-the-bag cheese popcorn  (I like Smartfood) 

  • Chocolate-covered raisins 
  • Dry-roasted peanuts
  • Toffee bits 
  • Caramel baking chips
  • Bottom-of-the-bag pretzel pieces

"I'm a salty girl, not too sweet, and I like to use up end-of-bag— or bottle, or jar—ingredients in interesting ways." - Rach

Alex Guarnaschelli

author of The Home Cook and executive chef of Butter in NYC

sweet tooth mix
Credit: Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

Sweet-Tooth Mix 

  • Roughly chopped dried apricots 
  • Dried cherries
  • Roasted salted pumpkin seeds  
  • Shelled salted sunflower seeds  
  • Candied peanuts (tossed with a pinch of cayenne) 
  • Dark chocolate chips

"Sometimes I want a mix that tastes like candy... because I want candy!" - Alex Guarnaschelli

Richard Blais

author of So Good and chef of Juniper & Ivy in San Diego

Trail Blais Mix
Credit: Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

Trail Blais Mix

  • Korean barbecue beef or turkey jerky, chopped 
  • Candied walnuts 
  • Smoked salted almonds 
  • Coarsely crumbled freeze-dried pineapple 
  • Crumbled seaweed snacks

"I love this mix because it's weird and funky with the seaweed and jerky, and the sweetness from the pineapple rounds it out." - Richard Blais

Maneet Chauhan

executive chef and co-owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House in Nashville

Peanut Chaat
Credit: Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

Peanut Chaat   

  • Roasted salted peanuts 
  • Chopped red onion 
  • Chopped tomato 
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves  
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Toasted ground cumin 
  • Chopped red chile (optional)  
  • Salt 

 "This is inspired by Indian  street food. We often made it at  home when we were kids." - Maneet Chauhan