Monday, December 31, 2018

My Favorite Homemade Snack Mix

It seems that homemade snack mix has been around since the dawn of time.  You know the snack mix I am talking about.  It's the one made with those little squares of rice, corn, and wheat cereal that you bake in the oven.  It's a delicious and addictive addition to festive gatherings of all kinds.

Delicious and Addictive Homemade Snack Mix

You might be tempted to take the easy way out and buy a pre-packaged mix from the store.  Don't do it.  I beg you.  I've yet to find a premade mix that is worth the money.

The key to a tasty homemade snack mix is in the seasonings and the yummy stir-ins.  First, I like to use more butter than is usually recommended.  Using more butter ensures all the tasty bits get coated with the seasonings.  I also tend to have a heavy hand with the flavorings.  If you have been visiting Just One Donna for a while you know I like flavor in my recipes.  This snack mix is no exception.  I use Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.

The base of this snack mix is made from three flavors of Chex cereal in equal portions.  Some people don't like wheat flavored cereal but I just don't get that.  I think the wheat cereal has an earthy flavor that adds to the overall yumminess of the mix.  
My Favorite Homemade Chex Mix

Bagel chips and pretzels are traditional and I like them, too.  I'll usually break about half of each into pieces in the mix to keep most of the mix relatively even in size.  The garlic flavored bagel chips are yummy so I buy them whenever I can.

Goldfish are a delightful addition to the snack mix.  I like to use the original flavor because the butter mixture works really well on them.
Homemade Chex Snack Mix
My Homemade Chex Snack Mix

My favorite mix-ins for my snack mix are salted cashews, smoked almonds, and wasabi peas.  Don't add these until after the base mix has baked and cooled.  Yum!

My Favorite Homemade Chex Mix

Serves Many

Homemde Snack Mix Cooling
Homemade Chex Mix
Base Mix
3 cups each of corn, rice, and wheat Chex cereal
2 cups bite-size pretzels
2 cups bagel chips, garlic flavor preferred
2 cups original flavor goldfish crackers

Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup unsalted butter
4 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.  Combine the base mix in a large bowl.  Melt the seasoning mix ingredients together in your microwave or in a pan on your stove-top.

Stir the seasoning mix into the base mix.  Combine well.

Divide the seasoning mixture between two sheet pans.  Bake the mix in your oven for about one hour.  Stir the mixture every fifteen minutes and rotate the pans to be sure the mixture bakes evenly.

Cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.


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