5 Easy Spice Blends for Super-Flavored Snacks

Here’s the scenario: Your friends just arrived for the big game, but showed up empty-handed with no snacks for sharing. What’s your next move? Take a time-out and hit up the trusty pantry for last-minute inspiration. 

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Turns out, your shelf full of spices is stocked with ways to flavor-blast everyday foods. With a sprinkle of cayenne and a shower of five-spice, you can transform frozen fries and plain popcorn into next-level snacks that boast big flavor to feed your friends’ big game appetites. Ready to mastermind your own genius spice blends? Here’s how to get started — your snack bowl will thank you.


Taco Spice Blend

Heat seekers will appreciate this spicy medley of cayenne, chili powder, paprika and cumin. While it can easily pair with most snack foods, it really sings when dusted over hot French fries. Get the recipe.

Five-Spice Blend

Swap your plain salted snacks for super-flavored peanuts tossed in brown sugar and five-spice powder, which is loaded with cinnamon, anise, fennel seeds, peppercorns and cloves. Get the recipe.


Everything Bagel Spice Blend

Why should bagels have all the fun? Mix this familiar blend of dried garlic and onion flakes, poppy seeds and sesame seeds into whipped cream cheese and serve it as a dip with chips and veggies. Get the recipe.


Pizza Spice Blend

Ready to pizza-fy your game day snack spread? Combine parmesan cheese with Italian seasoning, dried parsley, garlic powder and ground red pepper to kick basic breadsticks into high gear. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

Pumpkin spice lovers will want to make a super-sized batch of this blend featuring cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves that pairs perfectly with buttered popcorn. Get the recipe.

It’s official, your pantry has super powers — and it’s stuffed with endless possibilities for elevating common snacks without overspending. Bet you’ll never look at that humble bottle of paprika the same way again, right? Game day crisis, averted.

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