These are a hit at our house! I don't use crackers, I use pretzels - the kids fight over them at home and at school! The first time I made these I thought it was crazy pouring the oil over (I used pretzels and goldfish crackers that time) and thought it would all go in the garbage. Boy, was I wrong! Do as the recipe states and just keep stirring. These really do get better with time, the heat picks up the longer they sit. What I do: I put the pepper flakes into the oil ahead of time, so the oil gets infused with the flavor. I then mix in about 3 T. ranch dressing mix (you can buy it in bulk at warehouse stores). I fill my large bowl (I use the largest stainless from Ikea) with pretzels, leaving just enough stirring room. I pour the oil mix over and stir. If it seems too 'wet' I just add more pretzels until there is no oil pooled in the bottom of the bowl. The pretzels (or whatever you are using) will be 'wet' with the oil, but no excess. I usually sprinkle a little more ranch mix as I'm stirring too. Then, just stir occasionally! I've used pretzels, goldfish, chex cereals, etc. Just toss in whatever you have. Great recipe!!!
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These are a hit at our house! I don't use crackers, I use pretzels - the kids fight over them...