As much sugar as I go through, you may be surprised to hear that it’s easier for me to hold back on sweet things than it is for me to stop eating salty snacks.
Chex Mix is my major downfall—not the store-bought, packaged-three-months-ago-with-trace-amounts-of-salt-and-Worcestershire-sauce Chex Mix—only the homemade stuff will do. So when I make it, I make it like I mean it. Salty, Worcestershire-y and enough cashews that the nut fighting is over.
The recipe can be found on any Chex box and on most similar store brand cereal boxes. I make mine using wheat Chex and corn Chex (a ratio of about 75:25, heavier on the wheat variety), an extra tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, an extra tablespoon of butter and a few extra dashes of each of the seasonings. I mix in twice as many cashews as mixed nuts. (When I double the recipe, I use one regular can of mixed nuts and a larger can of cashews.) I don’t usually add the pretzels or bagel chips but I have added Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers. It’s all about what fits in a handful.
If you want to look at the recipe online, here is the link. While you’re there, check out the Gluten-free Chocolate Chex Caramel Crunch recipe. It is outrageously better than caramel popcorn! I use four cups of Chocolate Chex and I substitute four cups Cap’n Crunch cereal for the rest. (No longer gluten-free.) Since the Chocolate Chip Crunchewy Cookies are one of the most popular recipes on my blog, I figure people must really love Cap’n Crunch.
This post has nothing really to do with General Mills or The Quaker Oats Company. It is not a paid endorsement of any of the above products. I just write what I want to write and hope it relates to what interests you.
Chex Mix Like You Mean It
- 1 large roasting pan or sheet
- 2 cups Corn Chex Cereal
- 2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
- 5 cups Wheat Chex Cereal
- 2 cups salted cashews
- 1 cup salted mixed nuts
- 1 cup mini crackers or pretzels , like Club, saltine, oyster, garlic bagel chips, etc.
- 7 tablespoons salted butter
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, dripping tablespoonfuls
- 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, such as Lawry's
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ teaspoon onion powder
- Heat oven to 250°F.
- In a large roasting pan, stir together all cereals, nuts, and crackers.
- In small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt together butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Pour butter over cereal mixture and stir until coated.
- Bake 1 hour, taking out to stir every 15 minutes.
- Spread hot cereal onto paper towels and let cool completely before storing in airtight containers.
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