Monday, December 10, 2018

Homemade Chex Snack Mix {Large Batch}

Every year around the holidays my mom would make homemade Chex cereal snack mix.
My brothers and I would shove it in our faces while watching Rudolph the Red Nosed
Reindeer, Santa Claus in Comin' to Town and Frosty the Snowman. Dad would be in his
Lazy Boy recliner, reading Farm Journal magazine or Reader's Digest and mom would be 
crocheting another afghan or poncho for me. Life was good.

Ever since my mom passed away a few months ago, I've been reminiscing a lot.
I suppose that's normal. I miss her so much and find myself trying to carry on some
of her traditions. She was such a wonderful mother. Always giving of herself, taking care
of everyone, volunteering her time and talents to church, the Salvation Army and anyone
in need. I know it sounds silly, but making this Chex Snack Mix made be feel close to her,
like she was right there with me, as the smell of butter, spices and cereal baking filled 
my kitchen.

My mom used the original Chex Mix recipe. This recipe is for an extra large batch of Chex
Mix, perfect for gifting to neighbors and friends. I use Cheese-It crackers instead of pretzels. 
I also added some Cheerios in addition to the Rice, Wheat and Corn Chex cereals.  
It's so versatile, so feel free to mix and match your favorites.

Homemade Chex Snack Mix makes a nice gift for neighbors, delivery drivers or anyone
you want to let know that they are appreciated and that you care.

Store snack mix in air-tight containers (I used Rubbermaid Brilliance Containers) for
freshness and decorate with cute ribbon, mini ornaments or bells for extra cuteness.

Homemade Chex Snack Mix

8 cups Rice Chex cereal
8 cups Corn Chex cereal
8 cups Wheat Chex Cereal
4 cups Cheerios cereal
1 box Cheese-It Crackers
2 cans (14oz) cashew nuts
3 sticks butter (I use unsalted)
4 tsp. celery salt
3 tsp. garlic powder
1 T chili powder
3 T Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Pour cereal, crackers and cashews into a large aluminum roasting pan.

Using a large sauce pan, melt butter and add celery salt, garlic powder, chili powder and 
Worcestershire sauce. Pour liquid over the cereal mixture. Gently toss to coat using a large
plastic spatula. 

Place roasting pan in the oven and bake for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool before placing into containers for gifting.


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