I've mentioned the big appetites ( I originally had a typo and said bug appetites, though that would be true too) at the cabin. With all the swimming, walking, skiing/ tubing and yard games, lots of snacking between meals is inevitable. With Father's Day weekend and then the 4th of July coming, I'm thinking ahead to my snacky contributions. We have an early BBQ July 2 too that will require treats and snacks.
Rice Krispy Treats always go over well. I now buy a large store brand box and make both the standard marshmallow version, but for more filing, the version, Peanut Butter Rice Krispies. If the choclate chips, pb, and Caro syrup are store brand, a pan of 24 can be under $4. The marshmallow variety under $3. I don't bother with both butterscotch and choclate chips, preferring all choclate. I also use brown instead of white sugar for a slightly caramel taste, but this Scotcheroos recipe is pretty close to I just call mine Peanut Butter Rice Krispy bars.
White Chocolate chip cookies- made with this Betty Crocker cake mix cookie recipe, and chips I still had from Christmas. So many bags still left! I'll use an 89¢ Aldi cake mix in my pantry, also bought for but not used at Christmas. I may use flax eggs since eggs are high.
|I think I'll bring this popper with kernel's to the lake. It works well and popcorn is tasty.|
Popcorn went up in price too, but I still got a 2 pound bag of kernels for $2.00 which will make loads. When even generic chips are $2 a bag and a couple nephews can polish one off before the pontoon is even unhooked from the dock, a big 2 gallon ziplock bag will be pennies. I think I even have popcorn bags left from the last in office work event we had. The kids might think that's fun on the pontoon or outdoor movie to have their own individual pouch, and less hands reaching into the bag.
Besides just popping, adding butter flavor and salt, I found a couple other recipes on line to try.
Pretzels can be done both these ways as well. My Dollar Tree, even with the extra quarter is still a great place to buy Snyder pretzels, both sour dough and twists or waffle style. If I find a deal on Chex type cereal and snack crackers, I might make snack mix for either or both weekends.
I've read many of you are hosting or going to visit relatives this summer. What are some of your favorite low cost snacks to fill a crowd?