Chex Mix-An Addiction

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There is a reason why I only make the original Chex Mix a few times a year. It disappears in no time at all.  I would have to take out a loan just for the cereal. Seriously, I make a double batch and it’s gone in 3 days.

I’ve even been known to buy the pre-made bagged Chex Mix at the convenience store when I’m having a craving.

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Yes, I know my kids could and would live on cereal alone if I let them. Chex Mix I guess gives them that excuse.

But, it’s more than that, maybe the tangy Worcestershire sauce? The Lawry’s Seasoning Salt? My daughter loves that stuff so much she puts it on everything, popcorn, corn on the cob, eggs you name it. She calls it “Special Salt”

Whatever the appeal we love homemade Chex Mix and I should know the recipe my heart. But I never want to get it wrong so I always go to my handy AllRecipes website and look it up. I don’t know why I even look at recipes anyways, I always change them.

 

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Why use 6 TBPS of butter when you can throw in the whole stick!

That means I have to add more Worcestershire sauce, and that means more cereal and pretzels. Before I know it, my roasting pan is full and it can’t fit anymore. Oh well, I have enough for 3 days.

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To lower the cost of this addiction and save some money I use the generic varieties, this time Walmart toasted cereal, half the price of Crispex cereal brand name. Can’t tell the difference. Crispex cereal also works well.

Original Chex Mix Recipe Oven Method

The original Chex Mix recipeThere are a lot of original recipe Chex Mix sites out there, but I find mine published on the back of the box. This is truly the ORIGINAL Chex Mix Recipe. To make Chex Mix party mix you need cereal, nuts, pretzels and “goodies”. In my case that is the garlic bagel chips.

  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex (we love the wheat, so extra goes in)
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup bite size pretzels (I break mine up a little, goes further, are the really bite size anyways)
  • 1 cup garlic-flavor bite size bagel chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine (butter taste so much better)

Make Chex Mix Seasoning Yourself

You can buy the premade Chex Mix seasoning packets but you can also you can make your own Chex Mix Seasoning yourself.

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Honestly, I only did this myself because I ran out of the little freebie packets they give away near the cereal section during Christmas. But homemade Chex Mix seasoning is so much tastier and you can vary it anyway you like. Me, I add more garlic powder.

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Original Chex Mix Oven Recipe Directions

The original chex mix recipe oven method is super easy. Pour in your cereal, add your goodies, and pour over your seasoning mix

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. In large roasting pan, (the one you fix the turkey in)
  3. Mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on high about 40 seconds or until melted.
  5. Stir in seasonings.
  6. Pour over cereal mixture, stir until evenly coated.
  7. Place in oven and “toast” for approximately 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  8. Cool on paper towels and store in airtight containers.
The original and popular Chex Mix recipe, made for a crowd

My VERY Popular Chex Mix

The stirring is important, and I set a timer so I won’t forget. Every 15 minutes I stir. Within 30 minutes the aroma and smell makes the kids hovering in the kitchen. They don’t even wait for it to come out of the pan. They eat warm Chex Mix by the handful.  During Christmas I store Chex Mix in large tins and we spoil ourselves for two weeks. The rest of the year it goes in ziploc bags.

If you don’t have time to make homemade Chex Mix you can have a whole case shipped to kids via Amazon.

There’s my foodie obsession of the day. Enjoy!

Party Snack Ideas

If you’re looking for more convenient party snack ideas to add to make life easy and your party stand out, check out these ideas.

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5 thoughts on “Chex Mix-An Addiction

  1. AS A KID MY MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND AUNT WOULD MAKE THIS MIX EVERY THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS. MY COUSINS AND I WOULD BE RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE AND EVERY TIME THE BOWL OF FRESH, WARM MIX WAS SET OUT WE WOULD GRAB BIG HANDFULS TO ENJOY. TOO MANY WARM AND SEASONED HANDFULS FINALLY GOT THE BEST OF ME AND FOR YEARS I COULDN’T TOLERATE THE FRAGRANCE COMING FROM THE OVEN. BUT LOW AND BEHOLD I PULLED UP MY BIG GIRL PANTIES AS I GREW OLDER AND AM AGAIN ADDICTED TO THIS WONDERFUL CHEF MIX DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

  2. Sometimes a recipe is a goldy-oldy for a reason, right? I agree that this Chex mix is the best! (I like to think I am a goldy-oldy too, now that I am a senior citizen.) I used to make this snack mix only for special occasions but now I make it once a week. I am no longer into denying myself something this tasty! 🙂 Aging should have some perks!

  3. I made this last night and it’s SO much better than the packets from the store. We like it a little more flavorful so I used 1 1/2 more seasoning and it turned out amazing!

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