There’s a bulk store across the street from where I’m sitting right now and it should be called an inspiration store. Why? The bulk snack mixes that line the aisles are not only the stuff of your snacking dreams, but they also come with some of the most clever names:

  • Garden of Eatin’
  • Should Be A Food Group
  • Hungry Hungry Hippie
  • Treat Your Selfie Trail Mix

… the list goes on.

Seeing these names and delicious mixes inspired me to take my snacking matters into my own hands and create some easy mixes that you can DIY too! Maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own. If there’s a bulk store near you, the options are only as limited as your imagination.

It’s no coincidence that this inspiration is striking just in time for back to school! It’s the perfect activity to do with your kids to get them involved in making their school snacks. And you can have fun making up names for your mixes. These are great for kids of all ages and grown ups heading to back to class, too!

DIY Snack Mixes Just In Time for Back to School

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Personally, I enjoy a balance of salty and sweet in my snack mixes with different textures like chewy and crunchy. From there, you just have to think about choosing complementary flavors and experimenting with amounts of each ingredient until you get the perfect blend for your taste. Here are some combo ideas to get you started:

Red, White and Black

  • Mini yogurt covered pretzels
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries

Salty Sweet Tropical Sea

  • Asian rice crackers
  • Dried pineapple
  • Dried coconut


  • Peanuts
  • Banana chips
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Dried blueberries

Cheese Plate Monger

  • Cheesy crackers
  • Dried apple chips
  • Toasted walnuts

You can see how easy it is to come up with tasty snack mix combos! Base yours on your favorite flavors and you’ll be looking forward to recess so you can dig in.

Share your creations in the comments below!

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