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It’s just a few weeks now until the ‘Big Game.’ I was really into football this year, but since my team suffered a loss yesterday, February 1st is going to be more about the food for me than the actual game .
I personally think Big Game parties are all about grazing. A little of this, a little of that. Savory. Salty. Sweet. Crunchy. Chewy. A combination of all of the aforementioned.
One of my favorite flavor combinations in popcorn is cheddar and caramel. You may recognize it as ‘Chicago Mix.’ Here in Texas we call it Texas 2-Step. Whatever you call it there’s something totally addicting about those two flavors put together.
An easy way to re-create that type of popcorn snack is by using new Cheez-It Crunch’d in Cheddar Cheese flavor and mixing it in with some homemade caramel popcorn. It’s the perfect game day snack. The crunchy puff made with 100% real cheese compliments the sweet popcorn just like the original popcorn mix.
I found this new Cheez-It Crunch’d product at Walmart, right at the front of the store by the registers in a stand alone display. It also comes in a Hot and Spicy variety.
Of course since this snack was created to eat while watching the Big Game, I had to give it a football themed name, I thought “Double Coverage” suits it well since it has the two flavors ‘covering’ the one snack.
Double Coverage Game Day Snack
18 cups of popped popcorn
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of butter
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 bag of Cheez-It Crunch’d Cheddar Cheese variety
Pop your popcorn so you have 18 cups and set aside.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In a non-stick pot bring to a boil brown sugar, butter and syrup. Let it boil at a slow boil without stirring it for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in baking soda, salt and vanilla.
Pour over popcorn and toss. I find placing it in a large paper bag, folding it over and shaking it up works well.
Spread the caramel covered popcorn out on a parchment lined or silicone mat lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
Toss in the bag of Cheez-It Crunch’d and mix in with the popcorn.
Store leftovers in a air tight container or zippered plastic bag.
You can find more ideas for Game Day recipes using Cheez-It products and Pringles on the Snackable Moments website.
To round out the salty snacks, we’ve also got some Pringles to serve. In fan favorite flavors like Sour Cream & Onion, Cheese and Bacon….because everybody loves Bacon!
You don’t even have to remove them from the cans since the football theme of them tie right into your day!
What are your favorite Big Game snacks? What flavor combinations do your family and friends like?