Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

Summer vacation number one is done. (insert sad face here)
We just got in a few hours ago from the long 17 hour drive.
I would say I am tired from driving so much,
but honestly I didn’t drive at all.
Not that I can’t or wouldn’t…
my hubby likes to do all the driving when we go long distances.
(I really think he doesn’t like my driving:-)
Why is it when you are going TO vacation 
the long hours don’t bother you as much?
It sure seemed longer coming home.
I think it was:
A. There was no cruise boat waiting for me in my driveway
B. I didn’t have any snack mix left to munch on as we came home.
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The long drive there was very much worth it though.
We had such a great time on the cruise…
the kids loved it.
And spending time in the Bahamas wasn’t too shabby either:-)
We did some snorkeling, 
some sun bathing,
and a whole lot of nothing else.
It was totally laid back and totally relaxing.
I will have some pictures for you later in the week
after I get them loaded on the computer.
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Until then, how about some pictures of our travel trail mix???

A few days before vacation, we were at Walmart picking out some travel food.
I had a bag of the new M&M Trail Mix in my cart,
when I had a lightening bolt of inspiration.

Why not just buy all the ingredients and make a giant batch of the goodness?
Sure I was spending a little bit more that way,
but I had a much bigger bowl of goodness for the long drive in our van.

This is the perfect snack mix too 
because you can totally customize it with whatever you have in your cupboards
or with whatever you are craving at the moment.
Feel free to substitute something different to make it your own:-)

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 cups

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix

Sweet and salty snacks combined to create one delicious trail mix.


2 cups pretzels
1 1/4 cups salted peanuts
2 cups mini Chips Ahoy Cookies (8 oz. bag)
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup plain M&M’s
1 cup mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup mini Oreos (bite sized)
2 cups Reese's Puffs cereal


  1. Combine everything in a bowl and toss gently until all combined. Store in an air tight container.


Feel free to substitute with whatever you have in your cupboards.

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  1. says

    Oh my gosh, everything about this sounds so good. And it’s so pretty too. I love doing that; buying in bulk and making my own mix. Way better. Now if only we were driving to AZ…wait a minute. Scratch that. No amount of trail mix would make that bearable, ha. :) But I bet I could bring it on the plane…

  2. says

    Sadly, I know too well for a fact that the new M&M trail mix is AWESOME but yours looks better since you bulked it up with even MORE yumminess! I wouldn’t mind munching on this for 17 hours, even if my thighs protested :) and welcome home, even though the Bahamas does sound totally rad.

  3. says

    Welcome home, glad you had a good time! You are totally right about the driving, always much longer on the way home but I think part of it is thinking of all the laundry you’ll be doing over the next few days, running to the store to pick up milk, get back in the daily routine, at least it is for me, lol. Love taking snacks with us on long trips, will definitely add this one to our list for July!

  4. says

    YAY. So glad you are home safely! I think you need to whip up a batch of this today, as you tackle the unpacking, laundry, etc! Welcome back!

  5. says

    Every time I come here, I tell myself I cant’ come here any more because it gives me too many ideas on the calories I want to consume. :-) This looks amazing!

  6. says

    You have Reese Puffs in there!!! My family would go nuts over this mix! We are getting ready for along drive in the van ourselves, may have to borrow your recipe! Glad you had a great trip!

  7. says

    Sounds like you had an amazing vacation…the Bahamas! Nice!
    What’s not to love about this snack mix!?! We are on the same wave length…I posted a sweet and salty mix yesterday too:)

  8. says

    This looks amazingly delicious! I love making homemade trail mixes. Can’t wait to try this :) Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday this week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


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