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.

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