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Classic Spicy Chex Snack Mix



  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut butter into slices and place in large roasting pan. Place in oven for one minute until butter melts.
  3. Stir in seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Add other ingredients individually, stirring well, but somewhat gently, after each addition.
  5. Bake for one hour, stirring well every 15 minutes.
  6. Cool. (See notes.)


Adapted from General Mills Traditional Chex Party Mix, recipe circa 1980As noted in the Sweet and Crunchy Snack Mix recipe, I usually use Ener-G Foods small pretzel twists because they are just the right size as well as nice and crunchy. I use one whole bag of their product. I open two grocery bags, inside surface exposed (one on top of the other), on the counter. I pour mix onto the bags and spread out for cooling. This also helps absorb excess butter. I haven’t yet tried it, but I think this mix could be wonderful if made with coconut oil instead of butter. I’m sure it would work with non-dairy butter equivalents like Earth Balance. This recipe makes a lot so you’ll need to halve it if you don’t have a large roasting pan or similar baking pan to bake the snack mix in. I highly recommend that your baking pan have high sides.You can see from the photos that the containers that held the nuts (as well as other suitable containers, like large Frito “tins”) were used as my gift container. It’s easy to wipe them out well after they are used, store away until needed, then wrap them in wrapping paper (great way to use those small scraps), fill with snack mix, and then top with a label and bow. Glass jars and tins may also be used. (However, the glass jars and bottles in this photo are ones that I used for Honey Butter and Homemade Vanilla Extract.) Children can definitely help with these activities. Don’t obsess over the gift packaging being "just so". Uncle Charlie will get a much bigger kick out of little Becky's wrapping efforts than he will out of the package that you wrapped so perfectly. Plus, the snack mix gets eaten pretty quickly and the container often gets tossed just as quickly. Last, even a fairly small container of these snack mixes will be welcomed---either as part of a larger gift package or in a stocking. Everyone likes to have their “own” snack mix even if they don’t receive a big container. Add these snack mixes to your holiday gift giving and you'll be giving a great homemade gift and making your holiday giving less of a chore!

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