I started making my own Chex mix because I didn’t like most of the stuff that was in the pre-made Chex mix. There were too many pretzels, wheat chex and other weird fillers and not enough of the stuff I wanted in my tasty snack mix. Actually the good people at the Chex HQ (which I imagine looks like a giant piece of Chex) and I differ on most of the ingredients in the mix.
The great part about making your own Chex mix is you can add whatever crackers, cereal, candy, and snacks you want. My main mix is Corn Chex, Cheez-Its, and Cashews – every batch I make has those three ingredients in it. I’ve started adding pretzels for Michael (although I forgot to get them for this batch) and I’ll put in bagel chips if I have some on hand. Pita Chips, Mixed Nuts, Goldfish, and even Ritz Bits Sandwich Crackers would be good additions.
The other part of the mix is the butter and spices that you pour on top. I used the recipe on the box as a jumping off point and added more Worchestershire (because you can never have too much), some mustard powder and some cayenne but feel free to play around with some of your favorite spices.
- 1 12 oz Box Corn Chex
- 1 13.7 oz Box Cheez-It
- 1 8 oz Bag Bagel Chips
- 1 8.5 oz Can Whole Cashews
- 6 Tbs Butter, melted
- 3 Tbs Worchestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Mustard Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- ¾ tsp Onion Powder
- ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- Preheat oven to 250⁰
- In a really large bowl, mix Chex, Cheez-Its, bagel chips, nuts and anything else you want to include in your Chex Mix.
- In a separate, smaller bowl mix melted butter, Worchestershire Sauce, and all of the spices.
- Pour ½ of the butter mixture over the snack mixture and toss well to combine. Repeat with the other half of the butter mixture. Your goal is to get the sauce evenly distributed throughout the snack.
- Put the mixture into a large roasting pan and cook for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Add pretzels, use different nuts, or use different types of Chex if you like. Your mixture is up to you!
This snack should be eaten not frozen. Enjoy!
Chex mix was not an original idea, but rather one of the many popular snack mixes created for TV watching. For example, a Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1950s includes a recipe for a snack mix made with Kix cereal.