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!
- 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
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.