My mom has been making Chex Party Mix for as long as I can remember and the Chex home page says that the recipe has been around for over 50 years. Now I know that I haven’t hit 50 yet, so it must be even older than *I* am!
The smell of the Chex Party Mix baking slowly in the oven is a fragrance that evokes a lot of holiday memories for me. This is the “original” recipe that came off the Chex box way back when. I’m also going to share some of the edits that my mom did on the recipe over the years.
Chex Party Mix
- 6 T. butter (the original recipe called for margarine, but I don’t use that stuff)
- 2 T. Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 1/2 t. seasoned salt (mom always used Lawry’s seasoned salt and that is the distinct flavor that I’m always looking for, so now I use it too)
- 3/4 t. garlic powder (I often increase this simply because I always increase the garlic)
- 1/2 t. onion powder
- 3 c. Corn Chex® cereal
- 3 c. Rice Chex® cereal
- 3 c. Wheat Chex® cereal
- 1 c. mixed nuts
- 1 c. bite-sized pretzels
- 1 c. garlic-flavored or regular-flavored bagel chips, broken into 1 inch pieces (This is a newer addition to the recipe)
Melt the butter and stir in seasonings. Toss together with cereal, nuts, pretzels, and bagel chips. Spread the mixture out on a large, ungreased cookie sheet or aluminum roaster pan. Bake at 250° for an hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes. After cooling, store in an airtight container.
My favorite variation on this is to add a couple of cups of Life® cereal to substitute for some of the Chex® cereal. Life® cereal gives the Chex mix an occasional hint of sweetness in contrast of the salty spiciness. If you like spicy things, you can add some cayenne pepper to the seasonings. If you have some less-liked cereal languishing in the cupboard, you can use it up in this Chex mix. You can also stir in dry mustard to the seasonings to send the flavor in a slightly different direction. If you substitute soy sauce for the Worcestershire sauce and substitute powdered ginger for the onion powder, you get a different flavor picture as well.
This is great munchy food, either to graze on when nobody is visiting and you don’t feel like cooking or to serve on the buffet table. I’m also betting that there are a lot of other people out there for whom Chex Party Mix is a flavor of childhood holidays, just like it is for me.