Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

Chex Mix was first developed as a snack food in the 1950’s.  It was marketed as a snack that could be eaten without interrupting your television viewing.  Then it is believed that it became a popular Christmas time treat in 1955 when an executive from the cereal company served it at a holiday gathering.  However it started, it has been a part of millions of holiday parties throughout the years. 

While you can now buy the snack pre-made at the grocery in a variety of flavors, I’m old school about it.  I think it tastes better & fresher to make your own.  Plus, it just isn’t hard or time consuming to do.  I also like that it can be customized in dozens of ways.  Choose your cereal, your nuts, your other add-ins.  Change around the flavorings that go on it.  Add a little chocolate coating to mix things up.  So many possibilities!

This variation adds a little cheesy flavor from the snack crackers, plus a package of ranch dressing mix for a little zip of flavor, plus the traditional ingredients.  I will have to warn you, it is a bit addicting.  You start with a little handful and before you know it, you’re picking out all your favorite pieces.

While it is most often seen at the holidays, you can whip up a batch anytime for a perfect snack!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp Worceshire sauce
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 3 cups Rice or Wheat Chex
  • 4 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Cheez Its
  • 2 cups small pretzels
  • 1 (12.5 oz) can peanuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

In a very large bowl, mix together all ingredients.

Place mix on 2 large baking sheets.

Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Allow to cool and transfer to an airtight container.