Easy Homemade Snacks Everyone Will Enjoy

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 31, 2016
Check out these easy snacks that you can whip up before the party.
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Do you love entertaining? Throwing a good party with your friends and family, and creating memories that will last a lifetime is for sure one of life's little pleasures. But that means you have to throw a good party first! And what's the staple of every good party? Snacks!

Hosting a party can be stressful - you just want to make sure everyone has a nice time. But don't worry! Conversations will flow, laughs will be had and everyone will remember the night fondly as long as you keep the fuel to their fire going. Don't let them go hungry! Check out these easy snacks that you can whip up before the party, or during if - when - your guests absolutely devour them!

Homemade Chex Mix
Nothing beats homemade chex mix. This is a snack everyone will enjoy by the handful. Check out this recipe inspired by the Half Baked Harvest.

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups corn chex
  • 3 cups rice chex
  • 2 cups whole wheat chex
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 2 cups bite-size pretzels
  • 2 cups garlic bite-size bagel chips
  • 1 1/2 sticks melted salted butter
  • 4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

Directions 

Start by heating your oven to 250 degrees. Then pour your chex cereals, mixed nuts, pretzels and bagel chips into a large bowl, mix and set aside. Melt the butter and stir in the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Drizzle this mixture over the cereal and toss well until everything is evenly coated. Once it's all set, spread over a baking sheet and bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. After that, let it cool and serve!

Guacamole
Every good party features a good dip, and seeing as everyone is addicted to the avocado these days - plus it's excellent food for senior nutrition as well - you should make guacamole your featured dip. This oh-so simple recipe is brought to you by Food Network.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salsa 
  • 2 smashed avocados
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

Directions

These directions are too easy. Grab a large bowl, throw all your ingredients in it and stir! Once it's all mixed up just lay out some tortilla chips and serve. Just make sure you have backup avocados on hand - this will likely go quick!

Baked Brie
What party would be complete without some sort of cheese component? Instead of laying out a cheese and crackers plate, why not amp it up a little? This baked brie recipe from All Recipes will do just the trick!

Ingredients

  • 1 minced shallot
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. dry vermouth
  • 1 8 oz. Brie cheese
  • 3 sheets phyllo dough
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter

Directions

Start by heating the oven to 350 degrees. Then mix together your shallot, garlic, white pepper and vermouth and move on to prepping your cheese. Cut the rind of the brie - it should leave about a 1/4 inch lip around the edge. Next, coat the brie in the shallot mixture. Fold the phyllo sheets in half so they are square, and wrap them around the brie. Tuck the pastry underneath the brie and drizzle the top with the melted butter. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the phyllo dough has turned golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!