Beyond Bar Nuts: 7 Happy Hour Snacks with a Serious Crunch Factor

Beyond Bar Nuts: 7 Happy Hour Snacks with a Serious Crunch Factor

Megan Gordon
Apr 16, 2013

Cocktails beg for snacks, and in our house, when we think snacks we usually go for simple crackers and good cheese. Alternatively, if we're having people over, I love making bar nuts tossed with olive oil and herbs. But with the ushering in of a new season comes the drive to do something new in the kitchen, so lately I've been looking for snack ideas beyond store-bought crackers and bar nuts. 

I find that the most satisfying part about having appetizers with cocktails is the crunch factor. While I love creamy herb-flecked dips, hummus, and guacamole, you've got to have something substantial and crunchy to scoop them up with. So here are a few of my favorite ideas — some great on their own, some just begging for your best dip or spread. 

What's your very favorite crunchy happy hour snack?

Try a Recipe!

  1. Smoked Paprika Popcorn - Eat Your Greens
  2. Za'atar Pita Chips with Yogurt Dip - Stephanie Barlow for The Kitchn
  3. Prosciutto Dijon Gruyere Puffs - Joy the Baker
  4. Homemade Wheat Thins - Smitten Kitchen
  5. Salsa Trio and Homemade Tortilla Chips - Martha Stewart
  6. Crispy Roasted Chickpeas - Steamy Kitchen
  7. Parmesan Cheese Straws - The Food Network 

Related: Book Review: Salty Snacks by Cynthia Nims

(Images: Eat Your Greens)

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