Tropical Snack Mix


In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of our 40 best: As the modern craft cocktail scene continued to blossom, tiki cocktails were especially popular, and it seemed only fitting that there should be the perfect cocktail mix to snack on while sipping a Mai Tai or a Singapore Sling. Former F&W Senior Associate Recipe Developer Melissa Rubel Jacobson put together this irresistible mix of soy-and-honey-glazed peanuts, bacon, and chewy pineapple, combining Polynesian flavors in every bite. The mix is a wonderful complement to just about any drink.

tiki snack mix
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Makes 4 1/2 cups


  • 8 thick slices of meaty bacon

  • 3 cups salted roasted peanuts

  • 4 candied pineapple rings, cut into 1/3-inch triangles

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rack set over a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, until the bacon is crisp. Drain on paper towels and cut into 1/2-inch strips.

  2. In a bowl, toss the bacon with the peanuts, pineapple, sesame seeds, soy sauce, honey and cayenne. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once, until the bacon is browned. Season the mix with salt and stir occasionally until cool, then serve.

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