Easy homemade crunchy snacks recipes

These addictive, homemade crunchy snacks will make a good party even better!

By CanadianLiving.com

Crunchy snacks
Saratoga Chips
Photography by Matthew Kimura
What happens to the best crunchy snack at a party? Someone invariably plants themselves next to the bowl and eats every last bit! Here's a list of 14 simple crunchy snacks recipes so everyone can have a bite or two at your next party. They also make wonderful hostess gifts.

Garlic Peanuts
No holiday reception or party should be without flavourful nuts, and these garlic peanuts, which are a staple imbibing companion in the Philippines, make a welcome and tasty gift. Cashews can be prepared in the same fashion.

Tamari Almonds
These irresistible nibbles won't be around for long. Tamari is similar to soy sauce, but it has a slightly more mellow flavour and is often wheat-free.

Pita Chips
These are great to have with dips and spreads, or just on their own.

Sweet and Savoury Pine Nuts
Often found in various dishes on a New Year's Eve banquet table, pine nuts represent fecundity, traditionally granting diners “a hundred sons.” These nuts also make a terrific cocktail-party snack.

Saratoga Chips
These are the perfect chips to nibble on.

Grab a Snack Mix
Forget the chocolate bars and potato chips. Consulting dietitian Fran Berkoff suggests having a high-carbohydrate snack with just a little low-fat protein at least two hours before your workout for maximum energy. (The food needs to be digested for the energy to be used efficiently by muscles.) This trail mix fills the bill and is easy to tote.

Indian Spiced Cashews
Use as a snack when friends drop by or use to garnish a salad or curried dish.

Spiced Walnuts Three Ways
What makes walnuts a prime choice for seasoning and roasting are their ridges, which hold lots of aromatic spices. Here are three to try: tandoori, curry and Middle Eastern zaatar. However, Cajun is equally addictive.

Spiced Nuts
Between sips of cocktails, nibble on these flavourful bites. You can substitute other unsalted nuts, too.

Beer Buddy Trail Mix
This trail mix makes an easy, portable snack.

Movie Night Trail Mix
This trail mix makes an easy, portable snack for kids and adults alike.

Mexican Popcorn
A delicious variation on the traditional snack.

Caramel Almond Popcorn
This old-time favourite is the ideal gift for adults and children alike. Place the popcorn in a glass jar or clear cellophane bag tied with a festive ribbon and sprig of holly for a sensationally crunchy gift. You'll need one bag of microwave popcorn or 1/2 cup (125 mL) unpopped kernels to make the amount called for.

Crispy Caramel Corn
The nuttiness of popcorn adds extra flavour and crunch to these sweet, satisfying snacks.


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