For me, the holidays just aren’t the holidays without Chex Mix. I grew up in a family that every Thanksgiving and Christmas, my mother would bless us with the yummy goodness of handful after handful of this stuff. When I became an adult, she would gift me a big zip-lock bag full of Chex Mix for our snack table.
This year however, my mother broke her ankle and was unable to join us and bring the Chex Mix. It was tragedy upon tragedy! I’m kidding, I was more worried about my mother staying home and recovering then showing up with the Chex Mix. I mean I could totally make it myself, right? Right?!?!?
I would just google the recipe, no big deal. WRONG. Even the Chex website only had directions for making the microwaved version (that I saw.) What!?!? Seriously!?!? Microwaving just isn’t the same as when it is oven baked and I am sorry but the store bought version just wasn’t going to cut it. So what’s a girl to do? Figure it out, that’s what! (Don’t worry, the recipe is at the bottom!)
The ingredients list on their site worked as far as seasoning the cereal, but it wasn’t like mama made it when it came to the things IN the mix. My mama only used the corn and rice cereal along with peanuts, so that is what I did. You can put whatever YOU like in yours, but for me, simple is what my mama did. I popped it in the oven for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes, and waited to see if I had nailed it.
After an hour I pulled the mix and let it cool. As I was bagging up the mix, I popped it in my mouth and I’ll be danged if my mama wasn’t in that kitchen with me! I missed her at Thanksgiving, but I was so excited that this holiday tradition would continue for my kids. Having Chex mix baked IN an OVEN at the holidays is one of my favorite childhood memories. Not only does it taste great but the whole house smells wonderful. So slow down a little. Walk away from the store bought bags, or microwaved versions and do it right…. low and slow in the oven. Your taste buds will thank you.