Cooking with Kids: Salty and Sweet Trail Mix

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The kids had so much fun with our DIY trail mix snack station that they have been begging to make something else.  Since I had already spied the Goldfish® crackers Xtra Cheddar and mix, how could I say no?!  I was so excited about these and already planned to pick some up, so now I just get to look like mom of the year {again}.  They had already put in a few requests for some add ins, so we got busy shopping.  This time our aim was sweet and salty trail mix.
This Sweet and Salty Trail Mix is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

When the kids saw what we had in the cart, they were squealing with delight, so you can bet we got right to it when we got home.  I mean, what kid doesn’t get excited about Goldfish crackers, mini marshmallows, chocolate candies and pretzels?!  I won’t lie, I was pretty excited myself!  I will share our secret recipe with you, but beware, these are pretty precise measurements.  In all seriousness though, we use this as a math lesson.  It’s a great way to introduce measurements and for the kids to learn how many 1/4 cups it takes to make 1 cup, or whatever other math fun we focus on in the kitchen that day.Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Ingredients


  • Goldfish crackers – we chose Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, but you choose your favorites.  Now is a great time to stock up on all of your favorites and some other goodies
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate CandiesSweet and Salty Trail Mix


Start with the Goldfish crackers.  We started with one cup of Goldfish crackers.  We added in about 1/2 cup mini marshmallows, 1/4 cup chocolate candies, and 3/4 cup pretzels.  See – a great way to talk about the different measurements, or for the younger kids, which is more / less than the others.  It involves a lot of conversation and even more giggles when somebody sneaks a bite before we are finished, after all, that is half the fun, right?!Bowl of Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

Anyways, after our {not so} precise measurements, we shook it up really well, then added in more of anything we decided we wanted more of in it.  We had so much fun working together and being silly and even more fun eating it.  You can bet that when it was time for Maggie to do her writing assignments, she made sure she had a bowlful of fresh fruit and a few handfuls of her new favorite trail mix.  Now her brain was ready to get to writing.Snack and School TimeMaggie writing with a snack


What stories will you create when you let your imagination run wild?


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