Monday, May 20, 2013

Chex Mix..... My new Kicks! Here are 15 of my favorite Chex Mix Recipes!

As I got into the research for this project, I discovered too many recipes. I started posting them and I realized that I had to edit my list. I narrowed it down to 16 recipes. I've chosen the ones that I like best. I've included Savory and Sweet.
I hope everyone takes some time to read these, pick out some favorites and make them.
I've been eating Chex Mixes for ...... I can't even tell you how long!


Chex Mix
An American snack made from breakfast cereal as a major ingredient. Chex cereal was created in 1937.
By 1952, a recipe for "Chex Party Mix" appeared on the cereal box.
The party mix became popular as a holiday treat when in 1955, the wife of a Ralston Purina executive in St. Louis served the snack at a holiday party.
I remember having the Original Chex Party Mix at every holiday when I was young.
All of the commercial Chex mixes contain one or more of Chex cereals.
Here are some of the most popular Iconic American Chex mixes. There are so many that I could never post them all. It was difficult to choose, Most of them are from Pillsbury, a division of the General Mills Corporation.


I have to start with the Original recipe that I remember as a child.
This is the recipe that my mother made.

Original Chex Party Mix:

melt 1/2 C butter in a shallow baking pan
stir in 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
add 2 C Wheat Chex
2 C Rice Chex
1/2 C mixed nuts
sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic salt
mix well

Heat 30 minutes in a 300 degree oven
stirring every 10 minutes
cool

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Apple Pie Mix:

3 C Rice Chex
3 C Corn Chex
1/2 C chopped Walnuts
3 TBS
1/2 C packed Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
2 C Dried or Freeze Dried Apples, roughly chopped if necessary
1 tsp Crisco ( shortening)

In a large microwavable bowl, mix Cereals and Nuts

In a microwavable 2 C measuring cup:
melt Butter 30 seconds
Stir in :
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
Ginger
Nutmeg
Microwave 1 minute until bubbling
Pour evenly over Cereal and mix well

Microwave the Cereal again for 4 minutes, stirring every minute

Spread mixture on Waxed Paper or Foil and cool completely
Sprinkle Apples over mixture

In another microwavable bowl, melt Vanilla Chips and Shortening. Stir until smooth
Drizzle over Cereal
Cool completely
Break into bite sized pieces

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Taco Chex Mix:

3 C Rice Chex
3 C Corn Chex
2 C bite sized Cheese Crackers ( CHEEZ - IT Crackers )
2 C bite sized Pretzel Twists
1 C Salted Peanuts
3 TBS Vegetable Oil
2 TBS Water
1 package of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix

In a large microwavable bowl:
Cereals
Crackers
Pretzels
Nuts
Mix well

In a small microwavable bowl:
Oil
Water
Seasoning
Mix well
Pour over Cereal mixture
Stir to coat well

Microwave the mixture uncovered for 5 minutes
Stir every 2 minutes, it will begin to brown
Spread onto waxed paper
Cool completely

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Cheesy - Ranch Mix:

3 C Corn Chex
3 C Rice Chex
3 C Wheat Chex
2 C bite sized Pretzel Twists
2 C CHEEZ - IT Crackers
3 TBS Butter, melted
1 package of Ranch Dressing / Seasoning Mix ( 1 oz.)
1/2 C Grated Parmesan Cheese

In a large microwavable bowl:
Cereals
Pretzels
Crackers

In a smaller microwavable bowl:
melt Butter
Poor over Cereal mixture
Mix well
Mix in Ranch Seasoning, mix to coat well

Microwave the Mix uncovered for 3 minutes, stirring every minute

Spread on waxed paper to cool
Cool completely


Enjoy!
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Chili & Garlic Mix:

8 C Rice Chex
1 bag Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn, popped
1/4 C Dry Roasted Peanuts
3 TBS Vegetable Oil
1/3 C grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tsp Chili Powder
2 tsp Garlic Powder

Heat oven to 300 degrees

In a large bowl:
Cereal
Popcorn
Peanuts
Mix well
Drizzle  with Oil and toss to coat well

In a small bowl:
Mix remaining ingredients
Sprinkle over Cereal
Toss to coat well

Spread out in a large Roasting Pan
Bake 15 minutes
Stirring once

Spread onto waxed paper to cool completely

Enjoy!
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Barbecue Chex Mix:

6 C Corn Chex
1 1/2 C bite sized Pretzel Twists
1 1/2 C CHEEZ - IT crackers
3/4 C Honey Roasted Peanuts
1/2 C Barbecue Sause
1 TBS Vegetable Oil
3/4 tsp Garlic Powder

Preheat Oven to 250 degrees

In a large bowl:
Cereal
Pretzels
Crackers
Peanuts
Mix well
Set aside

In a small bowl:
Remaining ingredients, stir well
Pour over Cereal mixture and mix well to coat
Spread in a roasting pan
Bake 1 hour , stirring every 15 minutes

Cool completely

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Mexican Chex Mix:

This one is easy to make and one of my favorites!

1 bag Buttered Flavored Microwave Popcorn, popped ( remove un popped Kernels)
8 C Corn Chex
4 C Corn Chips ( Fritos), use spicy if you want more heat)
2 C CHEEZ -IT Crackers
3 TBS Butter, melted
1/3 C grated Parmesan Cheese
1 package ( 1 oz.) Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix

In a 2 gal. resealable plastic Food Storage Bag:
Popcorn
Cereal
Corn Chips
Crackers
Drizzle with Butter
Seal and Shake to coat well

Add Crackers and Taco Seasoning to the bag
Seal and Shake again to coat well

Store in an airtight container

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


The Big Game Mix:

This is another favorite!

3 C Corn Chex
3 C Rice Chex
3 C Wheat Chex
2 C Honey Mustard flavored Pretzel Nuggets
1 C Smoked Almonds
1/4 C Butter
2 TBS Yellow Mustard
2 TBS Honey
1 tsp Seasoned Salt ( Lawry's, Morton, Bodia, Great Value )

In a large microwavable bowl:
Cereals
Pretzels
Almonds

In a microwavable measuring cup, uncovered, until melted ( about 1 minute)
Butter
Mustard
Honey
Seasoned Salt
Pour over cereal mixture
Stir to coat evenly

Microwave the Mix for 5 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes
The mix will begin to brown

Spread onto Waxed Paper and cool completely

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Lemon Rosemary Mix:

2 C Corn Chex
2 C Rice Chex
2 C Wheat Chex

1/4 C Butter
2 TBS Fresh Rosemary, minced
1 TBS Lemon Zest
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 C Raw Almonds
1 C Parmesan Flavored Crackers ( CHEEZ -IT , Stonewall Kitchen)

In a large mixing bowl, melt Butter
Add:
Rosemary
Lemon Zest
Garlic Powder
Salt
Mix well

Add:
Crackers
Almonds
Mix well

Microwave 5 minutes
Stir every 2 minutes
Spread onto a cookie sheet to cool completely

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Hot Buttered Rum Mix:

3 C Cinnamon Chex Cereal
3 C Honey Nut Chex Cereal
1/4 C Butter
1/4 C Packed Brown Sugar
2 TBS Honey
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp Nutmeg
3/4 tsp Clove
1 tsp Rum Flavoring
2 C Miniature Marshmallows

Combine Cereals in a large microwavable bowl

In a 2 C microwavable measuring cup, melt :
Butter
Brown Sugar
Honey
Until bubbling

Blend in:
cinnamon
Nutmeg
Clove
mix to coat well

Cool about 5 minutes
Add Marshmallows

Spread on Waxed Paper
Cool completely


Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Caramel Corn Mix

4 C Popped Microwavable Popcorn, discard un popped kernels
4 C Corn Chex
1 C Mixed Nuts, no Peanuts
1/2 C Butter ( 8 TBS or 1 Stick), cut into pieces
3/4 C packed Brown Sugar
1/4 C Light Corn Sugar
1/2 C White Vanilla Baking Chips
1/2 C Dried Cranberries

In a large microwavable bowl
Popcorn
Cereal
Nuts
mix well and set aside

In a 2 C microwavable measuring cup, uncovered
Butter
Brown Sugar
Corn Syrup
Heat until bubbling, stirring often

Pour over Cereal
mix to coat well

Microwave the Cereal uncovered about 5 minutes, stirring and scraping the sides of the bowl every minute just until it starts to brown
Spread on Waxed Paper or Foil
Stir to break up

In a medium microwavable bowl:
heat chips until melted and smooth
Add 3/4 C of the Cereal mixture to the melted chips
Toss gently to coat well

Spread on Waxed Paper or Foil
Cool 30 minutes

In a large serving bowl:
Combine both bowls of Cereal
Stir in Cranberries

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Chocolate Caramel Mix:

8 C Chocolate Chex
3/4 C packed Brown Sugar
6 TBS Butter
3 TBS Light Corn Sugar
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 C Vanilla flavored Baking Chips or Chocolate

Place Cereal in a large microwavable bowl and set aside

Line a Cookie Sheet with Waxed Paper and set aside

In a 2 C Microwavable Measuring Cup:
Brown Sugar
Butter
Corn Syrup
Heat for 1- 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until smooth
Stir in Baking Soda until dissolved

Pour over Cereal, mix to coat evenly
Microwave 3 minutes, stirring every minute

Spread out on the Cookie Sheet
Cool 10 minutes
Break into pieces

In a medium microwavable bowl:
Vanilla Chips
heat 1 minute or until melted and smooth
Drizzle over Cereal Mix
Refrigerate until set

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Muddy Buddy Mix:

9 C Chocolate Chex
1 C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 C Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 C Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar

Place Cereal in a large bowl

In a 1 quart bowl:
Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter
Butter
1 minute, or until melted and smooth
Stir in Vanilla
Pour over Cereal and stir until well coated


Place Cereal into a 2 gallon resealable Food Storage Bag
Add Powdered Sugar
Seal and Shake until well coated

Spread onto Waxed Paper
Cool completely
Store refrigerated in an airtight container

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Chex Brittle:
8 C Rice Chex
1 C Salted Peanuts
1 C (14oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk ( not Evaporated Milk)
1 tsp Vanilla

Heat oven to 300 degrees

Spray 2 - 15"x10"x1"  Baking Sheet Pans with Vegetable Cooking Spray

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until evenly coated
Spread onto the Baking Sheet Pans in a single layer

Bake for 20 - 22 minutes until golden brown ( be careful not to over bake)
Spread on Waxed Paper
Cool completely ( about 15 minutes)
Break into pieces

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Campfire Popcorn Mix:

6 C Popped Buttered Flavored Microwave Popcorn ( 3oz. bag) remove un popped kernels
4 C Corn Chex
1- 7oz Jar of Marshmallow Creme

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Spray a Baking Sheet Pan with Vegetable Cooking Spray

In a large bowl:
Popcorn
Cereal
Mix well and set aside

Empty the jar of Marshmallow Creme into a medium sized microwavable bowl
Heat 2 minutes , stirring after 1 minute, until smooth and creamy. Stir well
Pour over the Cereal and stir until evenly coated

Spread on Baking Sheet
Bake 10 minutes
Stirring after 5 minutes
Cooking will be complete when the coating begins to turn Light Golden Brown ( do not over bake)

Spread on Waxed Paper
Cool completely

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Pumpkin Chex Mix:

1/4 C well packed Brown Sugar
1 TBS Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 TBS (1/4 C)  Butter
2 tsp Vanilla
2 C Cinnamon Chex Cereal
2 C Wheat Chex Cereal
2 C Honey Nut Chex Cereal
2 C Pecan Halves

In a small mixing bowl:
Sugar
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Whisk well.
Set aside.

In a large 6 C or 8 C Microwave safe bowl (I use an 8 C Pyrex Measuring Cup):
Cinnamon Chex
Wheat Chex
Honey Nut Chex
Pecans
Toss well.
Pour Butter over the mix and toss again.
Sprinkle with Sugar and Spice Mix.
Toss until well mixed.
Heat in a Microwave for 5 minutes in 1 minute increments, stirring every minute.
Remove and spread evenly onto a Parchment Paper lined Sheet Pan.
Cool Completely.

Enjoy!
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