Hands down, we must include Chex Party Mix. I know there is nothing groundbreaking about Chex Mix but what happened right before the NFL playoff games is telling. My friend Margaret enjoys lining up her snacks for the big games, so she often mixes up a batch of homemade Chex Mix.
Our 13-year-old son says: “Chex Mix? She makes it? Don’t you just buy it in a bag?”
He was deeply baffled. Oh, how sad our children don’t know the pleasures of a good old-fashioned Chex Mix hot from the oven all spiced up with as much Worscestshire as you like. Sure, you can buy all kinds of delicious Chex Mix in a bag—original flavor or many varieties some of which are all gooed up with chocolate, peanut butter, cheese, and other flavors.
To prove my point that it could be done, I gathered the ingredients, made up a batch and the kids went nuts (pun intended) over the warm and crispy snack fresh out of the oven. I added oyster crackers, adjusted the nuts to our liking and even added a little extra Worcestershire. The Chex Party Mix is long gone but now I am left with boxes of Chex cereals lining my pantry shelf.
Guess what I’ll be making for the Super Bowl? And one final note: there are now directions on the cereal box for making the popular mix in the microwave. Don’t go there folks. Hold on to tradition.
The Original Chex® Party Mix
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- 3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
- 3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
- 3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
- 1 cup bite-sized pretzels
- 1 cup garlic flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into one-inch pieces
- 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Heat oven to 250 degrees. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated. Bake one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Stir in airtight container.