Chex Mix is a party staple. It’s not the dish you look forward to, but it’s like an old, familiar friend from high school; the kind you wouldn’t mind not seeing, but if you do, it’s a welcome reunion. Sure, you can just go buy a bag of the pre-assembled stuff, but the homemade version (which is hardly homemade, really) is so easy to put together, and really does taste better. Plus, you can tell people you made it.
I made a batch of Chex Mix for Christmas, and my mom told me to take all the leftover cereal, nuts, pretzels, and bagel chips with me so I could make some for “that party you’re having on New Year’s”. I happily obliged.
For Christmas, I just stuck to the basic, tried-and-true recipe which you can find pretty much everywhere, including the Betty Crocker website. Note that this recipe uses a microwave. While the microwave was certainly fast, I don’t think everything was as evenly-coated as I would have liked, plus there were a few burnt chunks at the bottom of the probably too-small bowl.
So this time around, I decided to use the oven. I have more than enough time to sit around and stir cereal mix every 15 minutes for an hour, so I figured I might as well. I realize that most people probably do not want to devote an hour of their time to stirring Chex Mix; all I can say is, enjoy your burnt clumps of microwave Chex.
This stuff stores for a few days; to save prep time, I went ahead and made it today, the day before the party. Just be sure you let the mix dry properly before storing in an airtight container (I just used a ziploc).
For the New Year’s Eve Chex Mix, I improvised a bit on the seasoning. We don’t have garlic powder, or onion powder, but we have garlic salt and this onion herb seasoning, so I used that. I also threw in some Cajun seasoning, because why not. The recipe for the mix never seems to have enough seasoning, so I like to add a bit more.
I also left out the wheat Chex, for two reasons. One, to keep it gluten free, and two, because I don’t like the wheat Chex. I’m selfish, whatever. I also left out the pretzels because the pretzels my mom got weren’t really small enough for Chex Mix…oh well.
Almost “Original” Chex Mix
4 1/2 cups corn chex cereal
4 1/2 cups rice chex cereal
about 1 cup mixed nuts (I used Trader Joe’s unsalted roasted mixed nuts)
about 1 cup garlic bagel chips, broken into bite-size pieces (I used New York Style Garlic Bagel Crisps)
6 tbsp butter
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
About 3/4 tsp garlic salt
About 1/2 tsp onion & herb seasoning
About 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1. Preheat oven to 250F. Melt butter in microwave-safe bowl for about 40 seconds. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and seasoning.
2. In a large baking dish (ungreased), pour cereal, nuts, and bagel chips. Mix well. Pour in the melted butter mixture and stir with a spoon until everything’s nicely coated.
3. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
4. Spread on paper towels or a foil-lined baking sheet to cool at least 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.