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BMS student has Super Bowl award-winning snack recipe

BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji Middle School 12-year-old’s snack recipe is one of the best in the state.

Seventh-grader Marissa Gettemans is one of 52 winners of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee’s “Super Snack Challenge,” which asked students ages 8-14 to dream up healthy gameday snacks.

Each winner has been invited to attend a tailgate party for students during the 10-day Super Bowl festival. Ten “All-Pro Chefs” will be honored at the party and the winning healthy game day recipe will be chosen.

The Super Snack Challenge MVP will receive $25,000 to donate to the charity of his or her choice.

A handful of host committee representatives organized the snack challenge last month at the middle school. Students such as Gettmans submitted their healthy snack recipes -- avocado toast, trail mix, snack wraps, and more -- and learned how to make fruit kebabs.

Here’s Gettmans’ winning recipe for “Sweet and Spicy Nuts”:


1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 large egg

2 tbsp raw honey

2 cups mix raw nuts

Non-sticky cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine cumin, cinnamon, cayenne and salt into a bowl, set aside.
  3. Combine brown sugar, honey and eggs white, set aside.
  4. Add nuts to egg white mixture well cooked.
  5. Sprinkle a small amount of spice, and toss to coat. Repeat until all the spices and brown sugar are used.
  6. Place nuts on baking sheet, coat it with cooking spray and spread to single layer.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 mins.