Lovina Shares Four Snack Recipes

This week I will share some recipes. Everything is extra busy with preparations for the wedding of daughter Susan and Ervin. Plus, it’s right around the holidays. Our church district will have services on Christmas Day and a potluck afterward. It is always a nice time to have fellowship with the church family.

Lovina is cutting out and sewing new clothing for the wedding of Ervin and Susan.

As we draw close to the holidays, let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Rejoice in the miracle of Christmas and take comfort in his peace and grace.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a new year full of promise!

Sweet Crunch Mix
8 cups Chex cereal
3 cups popped popcorn
2 cups broken pretzels
1 cup peanuts
½ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup Karo syrup
1 teaspoon maple flavoring

Mix the cereal, popcorn, pretzels, and peanuts in a large bowl. Combine the butter, brown sugar, syrup, and maple flavoring in a pan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Pour over the cereal mixture, stirring until all pieces are evenly coated. Bake for 45 minutes at 250 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.


Mustard Pretzels
2 pounds pretzels (tiny twist)
½ cup butter
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
10 teaspoons (heaping) powdered sugar
10 teaspoons dry mustard
1 ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon turmeric

Melt the butter, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard together on the stovetop or in the microwave. Place the pretzels in a large bowl and pour the butter mixture over the pretzels, stirring until pretzels are well coated. Spread the pretzels out on large cookie sheets. Sift the powdered sugar, dry mustard, garlic powder, and turmeric together several times; then sift some over pretzels. Stir and sift more over pretzels. Stir well. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir often while baking.


Cinnamon Popcorn
3 quarts popped corn
1/3 cup butter
¼ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt

Place popped corn in a large baking pan and set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients and cook over low heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Remove from heat. Add to popped corn and toss lightly to mix well. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until hot and crisp.


Taco Bean Dip
8 ounces salsa
8 ounces sour cream
16 ounces refried beans
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup lettuce, finely shredded
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons black olives, sliced

Mix together or layer and serve with tortilla chips.


Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her newest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever books are sold.  Because Lovina is Old Order Amish, she does not have email or a telephone in her home. Lovina does not respond to comments on this website, if you would like to contact her directly, click here.

6 thoughts on “Lovina Shares Four Snack Recipes”

  1. Thanks so much for the recipes for snacks,
    Best Wishes on Susan’s wedding day
    Love reading your column I always save them!!!!

  2. May our God be with you all today on this very happy day of two lovely young people starting life together. May God bless them and all their children and bring them happiness. I love to read your beautiful letters and hear about your family….This is a very special day for your daughter and her husband to be closing a chapter on memories happy and heartbreaking but our God has brought them together and their hearts will keep healing. God bless you and yours, Patricia Hauenstein

  3. I have followed for years an I just can’t thank you enough for your sharing.
    Having lived in Lancaster, PA
    Off Rt. 30.. also in Manheim Township, I have a closeness in my ❤. Be Blessed ? ?an A BLESSED NEW YEAR, 2023

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