Homemade Buffalo Ranch Party Mix recipe that’s easy to make and finger licking delicious! Cereal, buffalo pretzels, cheese crackers and peanuts tossed with melted butter and seasonings then baked to crispy perfection. Keep your parties hopping with this full-flavored sensation!
To me, nothing says party time more than a good old fashioned party mix. This Homemade Buffalo Ranch Party Mix recipe will knock your socks off with its zesty full-bodied flavor. Sure, you can purchase pre-packaged party mixes from any grocery store. But why would you when you can easily whip up a batch of buffalo goodness that will keep your party guests begging for more?
I made this delicious party mix recipe for the first time last Christmas. I usually make a Chex Cereal party mix recipe that I’ve been making for years. But I wanted to kick things up a bit and being a huge fan of buffalo flavored anything, I decided to make a buffalo flavored party mix. I’m so glad I did as this recipe is top-notch! It’s perfect for that upcoming super bowl party!
I’m going to pause and deviate from my normal blog post styling for a bit. I promise I will get back to this wonderful recipe. But for the next few paragraphs, I’m choosing to disclose a little about what’s been going on in our lives and why I haven’t posted in a month.
My first blog post was on July 26, 2016 our 47th wedding anniversary. I am very new to blogging; still trying desperately to figure out what it even means to be a blogger, how to get a following, and certainly how to find my blogging voice.
That didn’t bother me at all as I wasn’t traveling this creative journey alone. My loving husband of 47 years, Steve, was working with me not only as my technical advisor but also as a fantastic recipe creator. It was fun begin retired, working from home, seeing our dreams become a reality.
But I haven’t posted since November 10th, a month ago. And that’s not good for any blog, let alone a new one trying to get traction. I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been focusing all my attention on caring for Steve, who is seriously ill.
Beginning in August, Steve suffered from stomach and intestinal issues for many weeks. He went to several doctors and under went many diagnostic tests. He spent five days in the hospital over Labor Day. Finally on September 22nd, he was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer.
A few days later, he began cancer treatments. He completed six weeks of radiation therapy and four weekly chemo treatments. He missed two chemo treatments due to low blood count. But, he continued to experience stomach and intestinal issues. On November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving, he was once again hospitalized as he had not been able to keep any food down for four days.
The doctors discovered an intestinal blockage. Gastrojejunostomy surgery, to provide a gastric bypass, was done on November 28th. After being hospitalized for eleven days, Steve came home December 3rd. Almost all of his nutrition comes from a feeding tube. He can drink small amounts of clear liquids, but not nearly enough to sustain his life.
Needless to say, our lives have been turned upside down. We’re being forced to make plans and decisions that we never thought we would have to make this soon.
The worst times of the day are meal times. It’s so hard for me to eat when Steve can’t. I don’t even want to go into the kitchen to prepare anything that resembles real food. It just doesn’t seem fair. This is why food blogging is so hard at this point in our lives.
However, I’ve decided for the short-term, to continue posting here on the blog. I have several recipes that I made and photographed before I started the blog – just in case I needed them. As for the longer term, will I continue blogging? I can’t answer that now. Too much is still unknown. Sometime in late December or early January, we will find out if the treatments halted the cancer or if it has spread.
I knew that many of you are also experiencing unwanted and challenging life events that are even harder to bear during these precious holidays. My heart goes out to you. We never know what tomorrow will bring. All any of us can do is take it one day at a time. Let me tell you, many days it’s hard to even do that. Many days one hour at a time is all that I can endure.
Breathe. Breathe deeply. Thanks for listening. Now, as I promised, back to this recipe.
¼ cup raw peanuts has:
Copper – 0.42 mg or 47% DRI (Dietary Reference Intake)
Manganese – 0.71 mg or 36% DRI
Vitamin B3 – 4.40 mg or 28% DRI
Molybdenum – 10.77 mcg or 24% DRI
Dietary Fiber – 3.10 grams or 12% DRI
Protein – 9.42 grams or 19% DRI
Calories – 207 or 11%
Peanuts provide serious nutrition and numerous health benefits. They are a good source of folate, biotin, phosphorus, Vitamin E, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B1, magnesium, and zinc. Kids and adults enjoy heart healthy peanuts, both as nuts and as spreadable peanut butter.
Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, the healthy type of fat. For more information on healthy fats, check out this post, The Truth About Dietary Fats.
Peanuts are also rich in antioxidants, rivaling fruits like pomegranates, blackberries, and strawberries. Eating peanuts may help lower risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease. The resveratrol found in peanuts may improve blood flow in the brain and reduce risk of stroke. Peanuts may also help lower risk of colon cancer, help prevent gallstones, and help protect against cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.
Despite the name, peanuts are not nuts. They are legumes and are related to other legumes like peas, chickpeas, beans, and lentils. Peanuts are also called “goobers” or “goober peas”. Peanuts are processed into a variety of forms including butter, flour, oil, and even flakes.
Fun Fact: Peanuts start growing as an above the ground flower. However, because of the heavy weight, the flower bends to the ground, burrowing underground where the peanuts mature.
Peanuts are also one of the top eight food allergens in the United States. Always be mindful when serving any food with peanuts or peanut products.
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This Buffalo Ranch Party Mix recipe makes a big batch – up to 34 ½ cup servings. The good thing is that it keeps for days stored in air-tight containers or zip-locked bags.
Hint: Better yet, you can store this party mix in the freezer! This means you can freeze any leftovers for a rainy day, school lunch box, or bedtime snack. Or, you can make this party mix in advance. How convenient is that? Pulling party food from the freezer an hour before the big event? Works for me!
Hope you make this recipe because it’s:
Easy to make
Baked to crispy perfection
Will blow you away
Finger licking good
Delicious blend of flavors
Makes everyone happy
Loads of buffalo flavor
I love making this awesome party mix recipe because it is super easy to make and it yields a huge bunch of finger licking goodness.
You simply toss cereal, pretzels, crackers, and peanuts together in a large bowl. I used a large plastic salad bowl that’s just the right size.
Then you mix together melted butter, buffalo sauce, and all the flavorful seasonings. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture and toss everything together. Pour onto 2 large rimmed baking pans and bake for 30 minutes. Just look at all that yummy goodness!
Let cool and then devour. Oh wait – you need to save this for your party!
Need a gluten-free party mix? Simply use gluten-free cereals, pretzels, and cheese crackers.
Not a fan of dill weed or chives? Leave them out.
Want a spicier mix? Increase cayenne pepper to ¼ teaspoon and add ½ teaspoon chili powder.
Allergic or sensitive to peanuts? Sub any other nut like pecans, walnuts, or almonds.
If you make this Buffalo Ranch Party Mix recipe, please let us know. Leave a comment and tell us how you liked it and what party you were hosting. Take a picture and tag it #yourdailyfoodchoices on Instagram! We’d love to see your delicious creation.
Until next time,
Linda and Steve
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P.S. Need more ideas for easy party or snack foods? Check out this post that includes 10 Quick and Easy Tips for Successful Snacking.