Looking for a cheap snack? We compiled our 15 favorite snack recipes that are cheap to make!
Snacking All-Stars: The 15 Cheapest Snacks
Popcorn is a low-cost snack; we found that one package of unpopped kernels, which can make 32 one-cup servings, costs about $5, which makes it approximately 16 cents per serving! You can snazz up this snack with your favorite toppings. We love this Cheesy Popcorn recipe that adds freshly grated Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper, and the cost of ingredients totals just above $2 for four servings.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Popcorn
Southwest Bean Dip
Not only are bean dips satisfyingly, but they're cheap to make! We found a 15 ounce can of black beans to cost around $2 and a 16 ounce can of refried beans to cost about $1.60. Topped with Monterrey Jack cheese, chopped avocado and tomato, this Southwestern Layered Bean Dip recipe costs about $11 to make for 12 servings - under a buck per serving!
Get the recipe: Southwestern Layered Bean Dip
A Southern favorite, cheese straws are thin pastries flavored with sharp cheddar and a kick of cayenne. Our recipe for spicy cheddar shortbread will satisfy cravings. The most expensive ingredient is the cheddar cheese, which generally costs about $3 - $6 per 8 ounce piece. With the other pantry staples, you can expect to spend under $8 to make 35 shortbreads.
Get the recipe: Spicy Cheddar Shortbread
This simple recipe for Pico de Gallo uses five fresh ingredients and a few common spices to make the perfect party-sized dip. We found the average price of four tomatoes is about $2.27, and we found one bunch of cilantro can sell for $1.69; in total, we calculated this recipe will cost you a little over $5 to make.
Get the recipe: Pico de Gallo
Nearly all of the items you'll need to make these delicious bars are likely in your pantry already. One and a half cups of multigrain hot cereal will cost about $1.63. The most expensive ingredient by weight, chopped pecans, runs about $1-$1.60 for one-quarter cup. We estimate this recipe to cost less than 50 cents per serving!
Get the recipe: Banana Multigrain Bars
Potato chips are one of the nation's most popular snacks. Thankfully, they're also inexpensive to make! This recipe for Red, White and Blue chips uses russet or Idaho potatoes (which average about $0.76 per pound), purple potatoes (which can cost about $1.50 per pound) and beets (about $2.50 per bunch) - totaling a little over $2.50 on the bulk of the ingredients!
Get the recipe: Red, White and Blue Chips
Making sugar cookies from scratch can taste better than store-bought and still save you money! We calculated the cost of ingredients for our Easy Slice & Bake Cookies to be a little over $2.50 to make 72 cookies.
Get the recipe: Easy Slice & Bake Cookies
Blend your favorite store-bought vanilla ice cream with ground pretzels and milk for a sweet and salty flavor combination that's hard to beat! At an estimated cost of $2.50 per milkshake, it's cheaper to make this treat at home.
Get the recipe: Pretzel Milkshake
Ants On A Log
Whether you like the childhood favorite with raisins or this updated version with pimiento-stuffed green olives, these cream cheese-and-celery treats are a fun and tasty snack. With the olives, this snack costs about 70 cents to make one serving!
Get the recipe: Frogs On A Log
We found a 15 ounce can of chickpeas costs just over a dollar and a quarter cup of tahini sauce is about $1.50. Since the rest of the ingredients are pantry staples, you can expect to pay a little over three dollars to make eight servings of healthy homemade hummus.
Get the recipe: Easy Hummus with Tahini
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Whatever happens to be your favorite fourth, fifth or sixth meal of the day, snacking gives you the option to indulge in your favorite foods however and whenever you please. The perfect snacks are easy to make, travel-friendly and satisfying to eat.
We also believe the perfect snack is budget-friendly, so we collected our favorite 15 snack recipes that cost little to make. For about 16 cents, you can make one serving of popcorn - and with the money left over, you can snazz it up with some seriously gourmet toppings. Our take on deviled eggs will cost you under a quarter to make one serving!
Check out the slideshow above to discover 15 cheap snack recipes.
NOTE: Prices may vary based on grocery store and region.