3 Must-Try Camping Snacks

July 19, 2011

Tehachapi, California camper Anne Crawshaw brings on the heat with this 5-ingredient, sure-to-please treat. “They make a great campground socializer,” she says, “and all items are easy to carry. It won’t heat up your rig.”

Anne also says that they store very well in a popcorn can for up to a month. “So, get a chair, pass the cold drinks and crackers and sit down and watch a good ‘Washers’ game!”


1 Package Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
1 1/2 cups canola oil
2 Tablespoons crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound box Saltine crackers

Mix first four ingredients together in a bowl. Put crackers into a 2-gallon “Ziploc” style bag. (1 gallon is not big enough). Pour the liquid mixture over the crackers, seal the bag and rotate around to cover all the crackers. Set bag on the counter and rotate every 15 minutes for 1 hour.

Using a bowl, a microwave and brown bag, Laura Thorvik of Hermantown, Minnesota creates a treat that is the perfect blend of sweet and savory.


1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 box of multi-grain cereal (like
I bag of mini pretzels
1 bag of candy-coated chocolate
pieces (big bag, not single-serving)
1 tin of mixed nuts OR 1 jar of salted peanuts
1 brown paper bag


Add butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a microwaveable bowl and put in microwave for 2 min. Stir and put back in microwave for another 1 ½ – 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and baking soda to the melted mixture and stir well.

Pour entire box of cereal into paper bag. Pour melted mixture into bag and stir or shake bag. Put this entire bag in the microwave for 30 seconds and then shake well (might have to stir it with big spoon/spatula). Put back in microwave for another 30 seconds and shake well again.

Add bag of pretzels (or 2/3 of bag depending on how big of a bag you have) and nuts to the brown bag. Stir well. Put entire bag back in microwave for 1 minute and then shake/stir well.? Put mixture into storage container(s) and let cool. Once cool, add the candy pieces (like M&M’s) and enjoy!


From her home in Glendale, Arizona, camper Shanan Suding says that her wholesome granola recipe is not only good on its own right out of the bag, but makes a great mix-in, too.

“This stuff is fantastic with Greek Yogurt, fresh berries and a drizzle of honey,” she says.


5 to 6 handfuls rolled oats
2 handfuls ground flax seed
1 handful unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
1 handful unsalted, roasted cashew halves and pieces
1 handful dried, diced pineapple
1/3 – 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
1/3 – 1/2 cup raw honey


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well incorporated. Spread out on a cookie sheet (ungreased) and bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes or so. Finished granola should be lightly toasted and the oats should be soft. Cool on waxed paper. Store in an airtight container.

  • Mickey

    Those spicy cracker things sound just weird enough to taste good. Have to try em.

    • Darlene

      These spicy crackers are the “bomb”! I made them for a party and were a total hit!

  • Terri

    We make the cracker recipe with oyster crackers instead of large saltines, spread them on a large baking sheet and bake them at 350 for about 20 minutes, stirring a few times while baking! Have never added pepper flakes before but definitely going to have to try it!

  • nadine

    I have made the crackers for years now, I am from Louisiana and we call them Oil Field Crackers. I give them at Christmas time for gifts. I cannot make them too often because I want to eat them all.


    I’m not going to comment on them because you never print my coments, but if I were I’d say they sound good, but I’m not going to.

  • MaryJane

    I made a batch of the sweet and salty party mix last night using this recipe. A few too many pretzels for my preference, but overall the taste is AWESOME! It made a huge batch, but most of it was gone by this a.m. Just had enough to send with my DH in his lunch.

  • Geegee

    How about some lower fat recipes.

  • DeeBee

    Yep, these ARE good. As for lower fat recipes, Canola or Olive oils are already pretty good for you. However, I would challenge Kampers to whittle down the sugars and fats –winning recipes are not always winners on the hips! Storing fresh herbs in ice cube trays is one way of taking flavor with you, without taking fats.

  • Judy

    We call this recipe, Fire Crackers !! Very good. Thanks for these recipes ! 🙂 Look forward to our camping reunion in June.