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hit the road
DIY road trip snacks 
by Stacy Conradt | 
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If you're anything like me, summer is synonymous with road trips. Whether you're driving cross-country or taking a quick weekend vacation, getting away from it all to soak up some sun is a necessity.

The only bad thing about road trips? Road trip food. The burgers and fries might be fun at first, especially if you don't eat out much, but too much fast food fare is going to leave you ready for something different. The next time you're planning a trip, whip up a couple of these tasty treats -- each recipe takes 10 minutes or less.

Sinful but amazing and easy. I've never met anyone who doesn't like it! Mix the following together in a bowl:

1 bag thin stick pretzels
5 cups toasted oat cereal (Cheerios)
5 cups toasted corn squares (Chex)
2 cups peanuts
1 14 oz. bag of M&Ms

Spread the mixture over a cookie sheet. Then melt two 11 oz. bags of white chocolate chips* with 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. Pour over the cereal mixture. After it cools (it doesn't take long), break apart into chunks, put into a large Ziplock and go! You can mess around with this recipe as well -- try different types of nuts, cereal or candies.

*The best way to melt chocolate chips is to do the faux double broiler method (assuming you don't have an actual double broiler... 'cause I don't): Fill a large pot with water and put on the oven over medium to medium-high heat. Float a smaller pot on top and dump the chocolate chips in. Stir until melted. You don't want to put them in a pot that is directly on the stove because chocolate burns so easily, and once it burns, there's no saving it.

You'll need the following:

10 cups of popped popcorn
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
cup melted butter
cup shredded cheese (I like cheddar, but Pepper Jack adds a nice kick) 

Mix the seasoning with the melted butter, then add the cheese and then toss together with the popcorn. It's a spicy and relatively healthy snack -- to make it even healthier, use margarine and reduced-fat cheese.

If you're not really a spicy person, mix it up! Try parmesan cheese, garlic powder and Italian seasoning for Italian-style popcorn. Or shake the popcorn with cinnamon and sugar for a sweet fix.

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