There is something about Christmas time that reminds me of Chex Mix. I don't know why. It must be repressed memories from commercials or movies because it is not something that my family made growing up. But I still think of it when I think of Christmas. I had visions of my family snacking on warm, tangy, salty Chex Mix while snuggled up under a blanket watching Rudolph or Frosty or the Grinch or (more accurately) all of them. So with Christmas nearing, I bought ingredients in preparation for it. It's all been sitting in the pantry just waiting. I thought maybe I would make it on Christmas Eve but when we woke up to snow yesterday morning, it hit me. This will be the perfect day to make Chex Mix! It never snows in this part of North Carolina in December. I mean never! It hardly ever snows here- period! So to see this 9 days before Christmas was exciting to say the least! My daughter is 4 years old & so captivated by the magic of Santa & Christmas. It is intoxicating to watch & I am loving every second of it. Having snow on the ground made it all that much more festive for us. We spent the day making ornaments, listening to Christmas music, baking Chex Mix, & watching Christmas movies. It was truly a heart warming, wonderful day. And from now on when we make Chex Mix for Christmas, we will remember it fondly.
1 1/2 cups Corn Chex Cereal
1 1/2 cups Wheat Chex Cereal
1 cup Gold Fish Crackers
1/2 cup Cashew Halves (roasted & salted, out of a can)
1/2 cup Pecan Halves (raw)
6 tbsp Butter
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
4 dashes Worcheshire Sauce
3-4 dashes Hot Sauce
3/4 tsp Lawry's Seasoning Salt
1/4 tsp Onion Powder
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
In a small, microwave save bowl add the butter, garlic, Worcheshire & Hot Sauces, & seasonings. Microwave in 10-15 second intervals until the butter is melted. Stir well to incorporate.
In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. And feel free to customize here. Like the Gold Fish, those were special for my daughter. But you could add in pretzels, bagel chips, mixed nut, what ever you'd like!
I like to line my baking pans with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Look at that face! My helper was really concentrating!!
Pour the melted, seasoned butter over the cereal mixture & gently stir to coat.
Spread onto a baking sheet.
Get very excited because this stuff is GOOD!!
Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hr & 15 minutes, stirring ever 15 minutes.
Enjoy the wonderful smell that takes over your house!
Warm, straight from the oven- there's nothing like it!
Serve immediately. Store left overs in an air tight container.
This Chex Mix was based off of the Pioneer Woman's recipe.