Homemade Gardetto's Snack Mix Recipe (Copycat Recipe) (2024)

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By: Becky Hardin

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Gardettos are my weakness for salty spicy snack mix. This recipe for Homemade Gardetto’s is a fun and easy way to make a delicious snack mix for your family! We love the flavor and that you can control all of the ingredients to make it just like your family loves it. This copycat Gardettos Recipe is perfect for tailgating, family BBQs, or holiday parties. No need to buy it when you can make it at home!

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How to Make Homemade Gardettos

This Gardettos Recipe can get me through any tough day. In college I was OBSESSED with Gardetto’s. I would stay up late procrastinatingand popping this snack mix like candy. I probably could have learned a bit about everything in moderation, but they were just SO darn good! I never dreamed that I could make it in large batches at home so easily.

So often I look back and wish I would have started cooking earlier, but then I probably wouldn’t have this blog all about learning to cook. We already have a favorite Chex Mix recipe on the blog (Mom’s famous for it!) but now we have these Homemade Gardetto’s as an option as well. So flavorful, delicious, and easy! The spicy and salty combination makes this snack mix recipe all I need in life!

Move over Chex Mix, there’s a new favorite snack mix recipe in town!

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Copycat Gardettos Recipe

We adapted this recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Cravings by Chrissy Tiegen. Not only is Chrissy an amazing model and the funniest person on Twitter, she’s also an incredible cook. She compiled some of her favorite approachable and creative recipes into her cookbook and I love it SO much. So many fun and tasty options. These Homemade Gardetto’s stuck out to me as one I wanted to try right away and they took me back to college with the first bite.

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Tips and tricks for making Gardettos at home

You know those dark brown little chips in Gardettos? They’re just little spiced pieces of dried rye bread. We made a couple tweaks like using Gardetto’s toast pieces in the recipe instead of toasting our own bread.

If you’d like to make your own, you can use small wheat slices, cut them into fourths, and toast them before throwing them into the mix. An awesome option for sure! We just opted for the easiest path possible to making this recipe exactly like the original.

If you make an amazing snack mix recipe at home, you need some good co*cktails to wash it down with. We recommend our Skinny Margarita, Summer Shandy, Champagne Sangria, or Party Punch if you’re serving a crowd. Game Day here we come!

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I hope this recipe brings you joy and calms your snack cravings! Hopefully it makes its way to your Super Bowl party, Christmas table, Summer BBQs, long road trips, and beyond.

If you’re looking for more homemade snack mix recipes be sure to check out our Butter Toffee Pretzels,Easy Candied Walnuts,Garlic Parmesan Pasta Chips, and HomemadeChex Mix Recipe. Enjoy!

See the recipe card below for details on How to Make Gardettos. Enjoy!


Homemade Gardetto’s

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Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

Prep: 5 minutes minutes

Cook: 45 minutes minutes

Total: 50 minutes minutes

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Gardettos are my weakness for salty spicy snack mix. This recipe for HOMEMADE GARDETTO'S is a fun and easy way to make a delicious snack mix for your family! We love the flavor and that you can control all of the ingredients to make it just like your family loves it.

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  • 6 cups Chex cereal rice and corn work well
  • 3 ounces Grissini Torinesi Thin Breadsticks broken into 2-inch pieces (1 package)
  • 2 cups Itty Bitty Minis Pretzels
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 ounce ranch seasoning store-bought or homemade
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • tablespoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups Gardetto Special Request Garlic Rye Chips

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  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Since this recipe requires two baking sheets, set one oven rack to upper middle and one to lower middle.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cereal, breadsticks, and pretzels.

    6 cups Chex cereal, 3 ounces Grissini Torinesi Thin Breadsticks, 2 cups Itty Bitty Minis Pretzels

  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine butter, dry ranch dip, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Whisk well and cook until butter melts. Remove from heat.

    ½ cup butter, 1 ounce ranch seasoning, ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, ½ teaspoon seasoning salt, 1½ tablespoons garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Stir well and pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture. Stir until all dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.

  • Spread half of the cereal mixture, in an even layer, onto a baking sheet. Pour the remaining half over the second baking sheet.

  • Place baking sheets in the 300°F oven and bake for a total of 30 minutes. After 15 minutes, add half the Gardetto Rye Chips to each tray and stir.

    2 cups Gardetto Special Request Garlic Rye Chips

  • Rotate the baking sheets, top-to-bottom and front-to-back. Bake another 15 minutes. If the cereal isn't crispy, bake another 5-15 minutes.

  • Pour the baked mix onto a clean dishcloth to cool.

  • Store in an airtight container.

  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 448kcal (22%) Carbohydrates: 72g (24%) Protein: 10g (20%) Fat: 15g (23%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 20mg (7%) Sodium: 1216mg (53%) Potassium: 206mg (6%) Fiber: 6g (25%) Sugar: 7g (8%) Vitamin A: 573IU (11%) Vitamin C: 6mg (7%) Calcium: 79mg (8%) Iron: 12mg (67%)

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AROUND THE WEB: Looking for more great homemade snack mixes? Check out these favorites. Ranch Snack Mix, Parmesan Garlic Mix, and Sweet and Salty Trail Mix.

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What is in Gardetto's original snack mix? ›

The original blend of crunchy breadsticks, salted pretzels and roasted rye chips, seasoned with Gardetto's secret family recipe.

What is the brown thing in Gardetto's? ›

As you can see from the scientific study above, the best Gardetto's are the little brown discs, officially known as "rye chips" but called by various regional nicknames.

How are gardettos made? ›

In 1932 the Gardetto family bakery made a snack mix out of breadstick trimmings. Throw in some snack bits and blend of special seasoning, and you've got the boldly flavored snack mix we know today. There's more than just the original recipe. Try all the great snack mixes in the Gardetto's lineup.

What are the crunchy things in Gardettos? ›

SNACK MIX: Zesty Snack Mix Made with Crunchy Breadsticks, Pretzels and Rye Chips.

What makes Gardettos so good? ›

The crunch of the all-carb bag is mighty. The seasoning is addictive, a powerful explosion of salt, salt, garlic, and salt -- and apparently dried Worcestershire sauce, onion, baking soda, caraway, and a million chemical-sounding ingredients.

What is the flavor of gardetto? ›

The scent and taste are described as rich, peppery, earthy, and slightly floral.

How bad are Gardettos for you? ›

Gardetto extracts the worst part of its original snack mix and tries to serve it as a gourmet treat—a sneaky move that might have serious repercussions for even casual munchers. Each single serving exceeds the amount of trans fat deemed safe to consume daily by the American Heart Association.

Which is better, Gardettos or Chex mix? ›

They are both enjoyable mixes, it just depends on the person. Even though I much preferred the initial flavor of the Gardettos, I didn't like how quickly that flavor tapered off compared to the Chex Mix. The Chex is a little more consistent, whereas the Gardettos don't waste any time.

What did they take out of Gardettos? ›

Why does Gardettos call it the "original recipe" when they took out the bread piece with the sesame seeds on top? It's bugged me for a few years now. It was the best piece. Sesame seeds are so expensive now.

What flavors are discontinued at Gardetto's? ›

Discontinued varieties include Sour Cream and Onion and Ranch flavored mixes, both of which replaced the rye toast crackers with spiral cut cracker bits.

Why are they called Gardettos? ›

In 1932, many years before the Gardetto name was synonymous with the snack mix that boasts an “irresistible big, bold taste” and graces store shelves throughout the country, it was the name of a bakery in Milwaukee. In 1938, owners Baptiste and Diane Gardetto moved their Italian bakery to Bay View.

How long do gardetto's last? ›

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Unopened, packages typically stay good for up to a year, with optimal flavor before the "best buy" date printed on the package.

What is the best part of a Gardetto? ›

Everyone knows the best part of Gardetto's famous snack mix is the irresistibly crisp and instantly vanishing rye chips.

Do Gardettos have sugar? ›


What are Gardetto's rye chips made of? ›


Are Gardettos a healthy snack? ›

While Gardetto's snacks are low in fat and sugar, they do contain higher levels of sodium, so it's important to enjoy them in moderation, especially if you're watching your sodium intake.

Did Gardettos used to have sesame sticks? ›

In early 2013, General Mills removed the sesame seed breadstick from the Gardetto's original recipe and replaced it with a different breadstick found in other popular snack mixes put out by General Mills.


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