As I mentioned earlier, I've been obsessed with all things tiki, from Singapore Slings to the Tonga Room and everything in between. And as if on cue, a friend and fellow food writer hosted an island-themed party. I immediately knew one of the items I'd be showing up to the door with: tiki snack mix.

I didn't realize the addictive power of this trail mix; it was gone within a few minutes. There's something about the tropical-themed combination of sweet, chewy pineapple, rich pork, and spicy, soy-tinged nuts that will have you reaching for another handful. Get the recipe for an easy Pacific Rim snack that'll satisfy at any party when you read more.

Tiki Snack Mix

Tiki Snack Mix

Easy Recipe for Tiki Snack Mix


8 thick slices of meaty bacon
3 cups salted roasted peanuts and cashews
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.

Makes 4-1/2 cups.