One of my friends once made the best ranch snack mix from Taste of Homes magazine. I was trying to find it. I came upon this one, which is also from Taste of Homes, but it isn't the one she made. I once had it and I remember baking it. Since I can't find it, I'm going to go ahead and try this one.
1 package (12 ounces) miniature pretzels
2 packages (6 ounces each) Bugles
1 can (10 ounces) salted cashews
1 package (6 ounces) bite-size cheddar cheese fish crackers
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
In two large bowls, combine the pretzels, Bugles, cashews and crackers. Sprinkle with dressing mix; toss gently to combine. Drizzle with oil; toss until well coated. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 6 quarts.
It's so hard to make snack mix and not bake it, but there really isn't any need in this recipe! I'm not saying this recipe is perfect, but it's so simple and has a good flavor. I still think it can be improved upon but until then I will be making this one! I made it to snack on for Christmas and everyone kept munching!