Aged Cheddar-Bacon Snack Mix

Caution: You won't be able to stop eating this smoky, spicy, cheesy snack mix! Take it to your tailgate, parties ... anywhere you'd like to get rave reviews.

Wisconsin Cheese Aged Cheddar-Bacon Snack Mix Recipe
Active Time
40 Minutes
9 cups



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Aged Cheddar can be used in this recipe.


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Place greased wire racks on two aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheets.
  2. Arrange bacon strips in a single layer on racks, taking care not to overlap. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until just crisp, turning once.
  3. Brush bacon with maple syrup. Sprinkle with chipotle chili pepper if desired. Bake for 3-5 minutes longer or until crisp. Cool completely on a wire rack. Chop bacon into 1/4-inch pieces. Set aside.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 250°F.
  5. Combine the cereal, pretzels, pecans and cheddar in a large bowl. Whisk the butter, hot sauce and salt in a small bowl. Pour over cereal mixture; toss until coated.
  6. Spread out cereal mixture in a single layer on two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Stir in reserved bacon. Cool completely.
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