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Everybody, meet the perfect last-minute holiday snack, Sweet ‘n’ Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels.

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | @hbharvest

Not sure about you guys, but I am such a sucker when it comes to anything salty like nuts and pretzels. Once I start, I just cannot stop, and this snack mix is the worst of them all.


But it’s cool, because it’s Thanksgiving week and I have decided that anything goes…

Speaking of Thanksgiving week?! Oh my gosh, Thanksgiving is basically just one day away, I am so excited. Currently, my family and I our on our way to Cleveland to spend the holiday with extended family. We don’t normally head back to Ohio for holidays, but with my grandma’s passing in August, this was something my mom and her siblings really wanted to make happen this year. So the Gerard Fam is headed back to CLE for a few days. I’ll be mixing work with family time (as usual), but totally taking Thanksgiving off to cook a (hopefully) delicious meal and hang with family.

We’re staying at my grandparents. Mom and I will be hosting around thirty + people for Thanksgiving dinner, so not exactly a simple meal, but I’m excited to just be cooking for people I love. Curious what you guys do for Thanksgiving? For our family, Christmas is always the more celebrated holiday with the most traditions, but I’m sure this year’s Thanksgiving will be one for the books. It’s a pretty big group, with many, many personalities, so it should be interesting to say the least.

Let’s just put it this way, I expect to have plenty of fun stories to share come Monday.

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | @hbharvest

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | @hbharvest

With so many people coming to dinner on Thursday, I know that having snacks all throughout my grandparent’s house is going to be a must. At Christmas, I always make my mom’s Chex Mix, but for Thanksgiving I like to do something just a little different.

Chex Mix can only be eaten at Christmas…I have rules. Don’t judge.

Here’s the thing, I still wanted that extra salty component that Chex Mix offers, but I thought it would be good to throw in a little heat, a little savory, and even a little sweetness. It might seem like kind of a lot, but trust me, it works.

I used a whole bunch of raw mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and peanuts…the cashews are my personal favorite) along with the classic pretzel twists. I roasted the nuts until toasted, then added a little soy sauce for saltiness, some spices, plus a little maple syrup for a touch of sweet to balance the spice. Lastly I added some extra rosemary for decoration.

Seriously, I’m really not sure snacks can get any better. These are beyond delicious, and as I mentioned, they’re pretty addicting. Stopping yourself from eating these takes some serious self-control. I know, that sounds a bit dramatic, but at least that was the case for me.

Just make a batch and you’ll quickly understand what I’m talking about. These are spicy, hinted with flavors of rosemary, touched with just a little sweetness, and extra salty…which is how all snack mix needs to be.

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | @hbharvest

My plan is to make a big batch tomorrow, I’m talking a triple batch (again thirty people + very hungry brothers). Then I’ll set the bowls of nuts/pretzels out around the house for snacking. My grandma always had candies and bowls of nuts scattered throughout her house during the holidays, so this feels pretty on point and in good memory of how she used entertain.

Another tradition of my grandmas I’ll be carrying on this Thanksgiving? Setting the table on Wednesday night. I do this every single time I entertain. It’s one of the greatest tips my grandma ever taught me. Well, this and how to make her Dutch Baby (cookbook recipe), which yes, I will be making Thanksgiving morning along with this pumpkin spice french toast.

Cannot wait.

Hoping you are all getting as excited for Thanksgiving as I am!

PS. Do you have your menus set? Are you making some HBH recipes? I cannot wait to hear about how everything turns out. My fingers are crossed that everything turns out delicious!

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | @hbharvest

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | @hbharvest

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories Per Serving: 804 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
    2. On a parchment lined baking sheet, combine the nuts and spread in a single layer. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden and toast. Remove from the oven and add the pretzels, butter, soy sauce, maple, rosemary, cayenne, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Toss well to evenly combine. Return to the oven and roast for another 10-15 minutes or until the nuts are glazed. 
    3. Serve warm with additional rosemary or cool completely and store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. 


Nutritional values are based on one cup
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Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | @hbharvest

Sharing a bowl? Yeah, probably not the best option!

PS. for all those looking for a healthy pumpkin pie recipe, I am sharing my all time favorite over on The Chriselle Factor today. Trust me, you need to give this healthy pie a try!

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  1. 4 stars
    I’ve made this twice now, per my boyfriend’s request, and plan to make a big batch to give for Christmas gifts. The only thing I did differently is to cut back on the salt, because I have high BP, and a little less of the cayenne and chili powder, because some like it hot, and some don’t. Otherwise, it’s a great recipe, and a keeper for sure!

  2. I’ve made these nuts every Christmas (no Thanksgiving in Australia) for the last couple of years and they are amazing!!! I do reduce the amount of chili and cayenne, but other than that they are perfect!!! I have to stop myself from eating them. Thanks so much, Teighan for a great recipe.

  3. Brother in law just tore a whole batch up! The recipe is perfect, but how do I keep them from sticking together? Not a big deal bc it ends up being a big ol’ cluster of yum, but for more for ease.

    1. Hey Ami,
      Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear it was a hit! They tend to clump together, that’s normal:) xx

  4. 4 stars
    Delish but with only 1/4tsp chilli powder and 1/4 smoked paprika and forget the cayennepeper.. otherwise it is incredibly spicy for the average person.

  5. 5 stars
    Love! With modifications. I had pre-salted nuts and really salty pretzels, so I omitted additional salt. I roasted nuts only for ~8 minutes at 350. I cut back on the cayenne – I used 1/2 tsp. After that I took my oven down to ~315 and roasted 10 minutes with the pretzels + nuts + butter mix and tossed halfway through. BIG hit.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing what worked well for you, so glad to hear they were enjoyed! xT

  6. 1 star
    Yikes, I agree with the previous reviewer; these quantities are so far off. The heat level is high but more than anything I think the problem is too much spice volumetrically speaking. I ended up doubling or tripling the pretzels, because they were super saucy when I mixed the nuts in with the butter/spice mixture. That helped spread out the flavor a bit, but they still ended up really heavily coated, and the chili powder comes through too strong. I’d recommend cutting the dried spice quantities in half or more.

    1. Hey Megan,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe and sharing your feedback, so sorry to hear it was not enjoyed. Please let me know if there is anything that I can help with! xx

  7. 1 star
    Not wanting to be harsh here but everything about this recipe is woefully misguiding, except the ingredients. But their amounts, cook times and temps, all add up to ruining the snack. Only very conscientious cooks who adjust several glaring issues will produce something that can be enjoyed—lower oven temp, shorter cook times, and less spice, to start. I am not so lucky, burned the nuts, a sad waste of 30 dollars when I’m the one cooking the app for my in laws. Yikes.

    1. Hi Oliver,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear this didn’t turn out for you! If there is something I should clarify please let me know! xx