It’s a good idea to have snack mix on hand for when guests drop by or if you’re just craving something crunchy. This sweet, spicy and salty mix brings together pretzel sticks, wasabi peas, nuts and crunchy chow mein noodles.

Yield: Makes 8 cups.



  • 2 cups (500 mL) dry chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup (250 mL) roasted cashews
  • 1 cup (250 mL) wasabi peas
  • 1 cup (250 mL) pretzel sticks
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) white corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) soy sauce
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) hot pepper sauce
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 250ºF (120ºC). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Place noodles, peanuts, cashews, wasabi peas and pretzels on prepared pan; set aside.
  2. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, soy sauce and hot pepper sauce in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted. Stir in sesame seeds and cook, stirring, until mixture boils. Do not overcook. Stir in baking soda; mixture will foam. Pour brown sugar mixture over noodle mixture; toss to coat. Spread noodle mixture in a single layer on pan.
  3. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, for 30 minutes or until mixture is browned and richly glazed; cool. As mixture cools, break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 week.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

193 calories, 5.3 g fat, 4.1 g protein, 33.9 g carbohydrate, 2.4 g fibre, 218 mg sodium