Party Mix/Chex Mix

Party Mix (Chex Mix)

Otherwise known as, pandemic snack survival food. I usually only make this childhood treat at Christmas, but being home 24/7 during COVID-19 isolation has made keeping the wildlings munching at bay quite a challenge. This recipe makes a LOT. The idea is to freeze and use throughout an extended period of time. The problem is, I can’t keep my hands out of it! The ingredients are flexible, see suggestions at the end of the list, just try to keep approximately the same amount of dry ingredients so the sauce mixture works with it. Healthy? Not so much. Yummy? Absolutely!
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chex Mix, Party Mix
Author: Regina Cyzick Harlow

Ingredients

  • 1 box Corn Chex
  • 1 box Rice Chex
  • 1 box Wheat Chex
  • 1 box Cheerios, plain
  • 1 large can Mixed nuts
  • 1 bag Pretzels
  • 1-2 bag(s) Bugles Can use one bag bugles and one bsg or box of something else or substitute altogether with something like cheese or goldfish crackers. We also like Ritz mini cheese-its or chicken-in-a-biscuit crackers.

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, melted 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil OR a third stick of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic salt or powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion salt or powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon celery salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Season-All
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
    Mix all the dry cereal and ingredients into a large clean unscented trash bag or extra large tub or bowl. (Try not to eat too many handfuls at this stage.)
    Melt the butter and add oil if using. Just be sure to have at least 1 1/2 cups of butter or butter/oil mix.
    Add Worcestershire Sauce and seasonings and stir well. Pour over dry ingredients. Hold garbage bag closed and toss or stir in tub until cereal is evenly coated. (Make sure the children aren’t aware you’re at this stage, otherwise their little hands will be scooping up the goodies along with your own.)
    Spread 1/4 of the mix on a large cookie sheet and another fourth on a second cookie sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for one hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Repeat with second half. You can also try a large roasting pan for half the mixture. I just find it works better with a thin layer on a cookie sheet. (Eat a few handfuls at every stir, just to be sure it’s progressing nicely.)
    Cool. (Eat so much your tummy starts protesting.) Put into gallon-sized freezer bags or containers and freeze. (Eat straight from freezer, because it’s just as good cold as it is warm from the oven. Think about taking some to others because who needs all this party mix, but justify that your family needs the snacks on hand, and keep munching.)

Notes

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