Caramel Covered Pirate’s Booty Snack Mix

Pirate's Bootie IntroWhen my Grandfather was younger, he spent some time living in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.  When I was a little girl, he and my grandmother lived in Switzerland, and hence that culture became a big part of our lives.  My brothers had tiny lederhosen and I spent many a day in little wool sweaters embroidered with edelweiss and in dresses like the one below (with my Aunt Barbara, don’t we look smashing?)  I also developed an affinity for Lindor Balls at a very young age.  I named all of my girl stuffed animals Greta and all of my boy stuffed animals Hans.  (Don’t ask how I knew which ones were girls and which were boys. )  And I still have vivid memories of my Mom, sitting on the family room couch with me fresh out of the bath and in my warm pajamas, turning the pages of my favorite book, “Heidi.”  I loved that book.  I wanted to be Heidi.  I Swiss Clothesfell in love with that magical place and dreamed of running through the Alps with long braided hair.  That dream became a reality one summer when I was in high school and my grandparents, who no longer lived in Switzerland, took me back there with them.  We spent weeks riding trains, exploring rugged mountain sides, visiting quaint villages, and eating lots and lots of chocolate.  To experience in real life, what I had imagined for so many years in my favorite book, was truly a dream come true.

Books have this magical ability of transporting you to another time and place. I love the feeling of getting lost in a story.

 

 While looking for some photos of my Switzerland trip, I came across this one of my mother reading me a story when I was probably about two.  I don’t think I’d ever seen this photo before and the moment made me smile!

 

In attempts to limit screen-time in our house, we’ve started reading longer books to our kids.  Our older two boys are at a good age now where they can actually sit and listen so our bedtime routine these days involves me taking care of the crazy three year old so the big boys can listen to their Dad.  Listening to Dad read isn’t difficult because he is the best story teller.  He’s got the gift of accents and has a special voice for every character.  After falling in love with Harry Potter, we’re starting the classic Treasure Island with a theme my kids never tire of: Pirates.

Pirate Boys

Some other trends have come and go in our house, but swash-buckling pirates is one that sticks around.  I see my boys on a regular basis running by with eye patches on and fake swords in their pants.  It’s a make-believe world I hope they take a long time to grow out of.

Running Pirates

With a love of all things pirates, Pirate’s Booty is a family favorite.  Those yummy cheddar-dusted puffs are crazy addicting, which is why we buy them in bulk from Costco and I hide one bag for myself.  Don’t judge.  I’ve had a recipe idea in my head for literally years, and I finally tried it out the other day, and then promptly kicked my own behind for not doing it sooner.

You’ll need some Pirate’s Booty (or something similar, see my notes in the recipe), and some pretzels, rice chex, and roasted peanuts.

Mix Ingredients

All good snacky things, yes?  We’ve got airy, cheesy puffs, the light and crispy chex, the crunchy, salty pretzels, and little hints of peanutty goodness.

Snack Mix

Wanna see how I’m going to make it amazing?  Yes, we’re totally doing this.

Pouring Caramel
A quick homemade caramel in the microwave takes all those amazing snacky things and makes them go c-r-a-z-y with deliciousness.

Caramel Covered Bootie

When it’s all mixed up, I bake it in the oven for just a few minutes to set the caramel.  When it cools, it’s crunchy and sweet.

Caramel Covered Pirates Bootie Mix from Our Best Bites

If you’ve ever had those popcorn mixes that combine cheesy popcorn and caramel popcorn, you get a little of that same thing going on here.  It’s a sweet and savory party in your mouth.

Yummy Caramel Covered Pirate Bootie from Our Best Bites

And guess what?  Kids sit even longer listening to stories if they’re eating something yummy.  True story.

Caramel Covered Pirate's Bootie from Our Best BitesMake some for your next party, or bbq, or family movie night, or reading time snack.  You’ll be the most popular person in the room- Our Best Bites Promise!

logoBefore I give you the recipe, I just want to say that we’re so happy to be partnering with jetBlue on this post, spreading a message we’re passionate about!  Their Soar with Reading  program is designed to encourage kids’ imaginations to take flight through reading and get books into the hands of kids that need them.  This year, JetBlue has partnered with Random House Children’s Books and Magic Tree House author, Mary Pope Osborne to encourage children to share the magic of reading, and you can help!

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As part of Soar with Reading, JetBlue and Random House are asking children – what magical places would you like to travel to with Jack, Annie and JetBlue this summer? Kids can create their own adventure and then ask their parents to share their story here. Participants will be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 college scholarship or other great prizes.

And the most important part of the mission is to get $500,000 worth of books into the hands of children everywhere! For every sweepstakes entry, JetBlue will donate one book, up to $500,000 worth of books, to Mary Pope Osborne’s Classroom Adventures Program.  Check out the link here, and enter your adventure today!

 

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30 comments

  1. Yum! I’m such a sucker for stuff like this. Like, can’t control myself! I love that cheddar/caramel popcorn from Costco, so I’ll definitely have to try this!!

  2. MMmmmm, I LOVE Chicago Style popcorn (minus the plain ol’ butter popcorn), so this is right up my alley! Going to have to make it tomorrow to take on our road trip this weekend!!

  3. So I have a disc bulge. And am in sooo much pain, today especially. BUT. I actually SAT UP when I saw that Pirate’s Booty was an ingredient in this! HAHAHAHA My favorite snack ever. Cannot WAIT to make this! Looks divine! Love you gals!

        1. Thank you…I am going to make it this weekend for our Doggies Birthday Party…Not for them, for us..they will get a Doggie Cake!! Happy Birthday to Tonka (8) and Lacie (7) our loveable Boxers.

  4. We find pirate’s booty at Trader Joes, but I wonder if you can use cheese puffs, the old fashioned kind (baked, puffy), that sometimes comes in variety packs of chips, etc.? All so bad for you but oh, so tasty! 🙂

  5. Arrgh, another sweet treat for my arsenal (or ars, as the case may be…). This looks awesome, never would have thought of adding caramel to the cheddar booty. Thanks Sara!

  6. I remember the first time I encountered this snack at an young adult’s Bible study. I thought it looked weird. But I gave it a try and my eyes widened with delight. The caramel on that puff popcorn stuff totally works.

  7. My aunt makes something similar to this with cashews and pirates booty, but the plain kind. It is delicious. This one looks so good, I love that it mixes sweet and savory. I think that it might be a good treat to send in the mail too. Going to enter the sweepstakes too, I love anything that helps children get books into their hands. Thanks!

  8. That snack looks yummy. More my favorite part of this post was getting a little glimpse of your life and childhood. I love that you shared some neat childhood pictures and memories, and some fun moments of your cute boys!

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