Firecracker Firecracker

Boom Boom Boom

Firecracker Firecracker

Boom Boom Boom

Boys got the muscles

Teachers got the brains

Girls got the sexy legs

And we win the game!

*crickets* And that my friends is how I earned my nickname Firecracker in elementary school. My friend Natasha’s mom called me Firecracker or Popcorn anytime she could! Oh, am I the only one that remembers old lame cheers? Moving along.

Firecrackers are a deliciously wonderful snack that I picked up while managing a very large building in downtown Birmingham when I first moved here. A very sweet lady that worked on the 7th floor was kind enough to share her recipe with me after she had given some to our office for Christmas. These are soooooo easy to make and last all week to snack on. They would probably last even longer than a week if we had any control around these things!

What you need:


1 box of Saltine crackers (you will need all 4 sleeves)

1 and 1/2 cups of olive oil (or any oil, I prefer EVOO)

3 Tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes

1 packet of Hidden Valley ranch seasoning (yes Hidden Valley, it is the only kind of ranch, the rest are imposters ok! I made this up, any would work…but why settle?)

A gallon size zip lock bag and a large Tupperware with a lid

What you do:


Place the oil, red pepper flakes and ranch seasoning in the zip lock bag, zip and shake it like a polaroid picture!

Now open and start putting your crackers in. I know….you are looking at the bag and thinking this whole box isn’t going to fit in here. But I promise it does, every. single. time.


One more sleeve to go, I promise there is room!



Now you are going to leave the bag lay on the counter, and you flip it every 15 minutes for an hour. I use my microwave timer to remind me. I literally turn this thing upside down, right side up and on both sides. You want that seasoned oil to soak into every last cracker and share the love!


Once your hour is up, place those babies it a container with a lid! Beautiful!


Enjoy these babies all week and you can thank me later. Just don’t blame me when you become addicted and need counseling to stop!

I would like to note that you want them to sit a little while after you place them in the container and let the oil soak in and dry some. Of course, I am impatient and start eating them immediately, but they always taste best after they have sat for awhile. If you are making these for game day, I would make them the night before or first thing that morning. You don’t have to worry about having them out all day, so they would even be great for tailgating!

These are sure to be a BANG with the crowd! (See what I did there? lame)

Linking up with Jessica and Ashley.

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  • Reply Kerry October 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I totally remember that cheer from back in the day!! These look and sound so yummy. Perfect for tailgaiting.

  • Reply Jessica Miller October 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I love these, but never know how to make them!! YUM! Can’t wait to make these around the holidays for snacks! 🙂

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph October 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    hahaha I remember those cheers.

  • Reply Ashley October 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I’m blaming you already for making me addicted and I haven’t even tried them yet 😉 Seriously tho, they sound delicious!

  • Reply Ashley October 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve had these before and LOVE them! They are the perfect snack!

  • Reply Rachelle October 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    What a fun, easy recipe that even I can make! I’m pinning this for later 🙂

  • Reply Jordon October 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    MY MIL normally buys the packet to make this, but it looks so easy and much cheaper to do homemade! I definitely will be passing on to her!

  • Reply Andrea October 30, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Make some for the next football party please!!!

  • Reply Brittany October 30, 2013 at 3:38 am

    These look so good! And fairly healthy right? I’m going to have to try these for sunday night football!

    stopping by from taste of tuesday 🙂
    Brittany @ http://infinityampersand.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Heather @ From Here to There October 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I have seen something similar to this! I’m sure it tastes the same {delicious}, but it had been done with the small oyster crackers and that may be more “snackable” I guess you could say lol. You should try it! I LOVE that recipe though, I about ate the entire bowl!

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