Sesame Soy Snack Mix

Sesame Snack Mix 1

Dan is a pro at the whole “drive across the country in the middle of the night” thing. As long as he has some Mountain Dew, Red Vines or something else snacky, he can keep his focus and attention on the road.  He’s been known to make the 13 hour drive from Madison to Ithaca starting at 10pm in one shot.  I don’t know how he does it.

I, on the other hand, am useless when it comes to driving late at night.  Or driving more than 5 hours or so at a time, for that matter.  When I moved to Ithaca, we left Madison around 8:30 pm.  Our things didn’t fit into the station wagon, so we had rented a second wagon and were both making the full drive.  I made it through Chicago and into Indiana, but just barely.

(In retrospect, getting married on Sunday and then packing up the car and starting the 850-ish mile drive the next day may not have been the best plan.)

I called Dan just 3 1/2 hours into the 14 hour drive to tell him, “If we don’t pull over so that I can take a nap in the next 15 miles, I’m going to fall asleep at the wheel.”  We pulled into a gas station, and I was asleep within seconds of taking the keys out of the ignition.

Just a few minutes later, I awoke to Dan rapping nervously on the window.  Apparently, we were in a very sketchy neighborhood known for its gangs violent crime rate.  He understandably didn’t want to sleep in a gas station parking lot there for that long.

Honestly, the only way I made it to the motel 10 miles away where we decided to crash for the night was by driving with the windows open, sipping water and alternating screaming and singing at the top of my lungs.  I felt ridiculous, but better than driving off the road, right?

But Dan?  He could have completed the entire drive that night, no problem, if it weren’t for my needing to stop.

Sesame Snack Mix 2

On Tuesday, guess who did all the middle-of-the-night driving?  It certainly wasn’t me!

Though I did take my turn and drive from 9-midnight so that Dan could get some sleep.

Dan needed some good snacks to help him get through the drive, and this sesame soy snack mix was one of them.

Sesame Soy Snack Mix

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 cups

Sesame Soy Snack Mix

If you aren’t eating this to help you stay awake on a long drive, it also makes a great party dish or afternoon snack.


  • 4 cups corn Chex cereal
  • 4 cups sesame sticks
  • 3 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9×13″ baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, gently stir the cereal, sesame sticks, pretzels and peanuts.
  3. Whisk the melted butter, sesame oil and soy sauce in a small bowl and pour over the cereal. Stir until the dry ingredients are coated.
  4. Bake at 250F for 55-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until the snack mix looks dry. Spread the snack mix over paper towels to cool.

Make Ahead and Storage

Store in an airtight container for no more than 7-10 days.


  1. says

    My dad is the same way. When he moved me to Boston he drove the whole way (MN-MA) with only a pit stop at a rest stop in NY. When I moved back to MN it was all I could do to keep my eyes open and make sure my dad was staying awake too. When my mom and I drove to Louisiana from Minnesota a few weeks ago, we made it just past St. Louis before we were both done for the day, and ended up making it to Baton Rouge the next day. My dad on the other hand, left MN at 2 am and made it to BR by 10 pm. Crazy men!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Seriously, I don’t know how they do it. Dan’s dad could drive through the night too, so I’m sure he got it from his dad.

  2. says

    i got used to making the 6hour drive between and madison and st. louis when brad was living down there, but i definitely depended on snacks and good music to sing along with or very entertaining podcasts or audiobooks. i hate driving at night though.

    this snack mix looks delicious & i actually have all of the ingredients on hand! as soon as brad finishes the chex mix his grandma gave him for christmas, i’m whipping up a batch of this!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I did the five hour drive between Madison and Minneapolis fairly often when I was in college, and music/podcasts were a MUST

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Have you? It might have been a different one; I made this for the first time just before our trip last month…