The first time I can ever remember having Chex Mix Snack Mix was when I was twelve years old, in seventh grade, and in the hospital. I had a severe allergic reaction to Penicillin, was diagnosed with Serum Sickness, spent a week in the hospital and missed months of school. This was before cell phones, smart phones, social media, and the internet, so it was pretty lonely.
Thankfully Marsha Toms, a good friend of our family, came to visit me in the hospital and brought me a Tupperware bowl of Chex Mix. That was it. I was hooked. My whole family was hooked.
We fell in love with this salty, delicious snack mix, and got the Chex Mix recipe right away.
My mom made Chex Mix for me several times in the following weeks as I recuperated on the couch watching musicals and old Elvis movies with her. Now it’s a go-to snack for camping trips, beach days, parties, and movie days.
Brian and I regularly make time for “alone time” or “kid dates” with Natalie and Carter. Nothing beats one-on-one time with our kids — except family adventuring. Sometimes we go an do things, like go to lunch or dessert, a movie, shopping, slot car racing, mini golf, hiking, or even a concert — Natalie loves going to concerts with her Dad!
Recently when Natalie was at a sleepover and Brian needed to spend the day catching up on outdoor chores, Carter and I found ourselves with no plans and unplanned kid date! We snuggled up on the couch and brainstormed what we should do. Out of everything I suggested, he wanted to stay home, make Chex Mix with extra Cheetos and no M&Ms (our favorite parts are the cereal and Cheetos). He also wanted to watch a movie and play video games. A date that didn’t require me to put on regular clothes? I’m in!
We hit the store and grabbed everything we needed to make a double batch of Chex Mix: Two family size boxes of Crispix, two bags of Puffy Cheetos, 1 bag of Pretzel sticks, and a large box of butter.
The best part of making this tasty snack mix is tasting it while you make it. Carter and I much on cereal and Cheetos every time the mix comes out of the Microwave, and the entire time it is spread out on the counter drying. Mmmmmmmm…
We then setup our date spot at the coffee table. We got waters, big bowls of Chex Mix, queued up our video games/devices, and put on a movie — and we snugged and played and relaxed all day, right there (and refilled our Chex Mix bowls multiple times!
Now you may have noticed that we call this snack “Chex Mix” but we use Crispix cereal.
Here’s why: Traditional Chex Mix is made with Chex Cereal — one box of Rice Chex and one box of Corn Chex. That’s why the cereal in the Chex brand Chex Mix sold in grocery stores are two different colors and have two different tastes. We however, prefer to use Crispix cereal with crispy rice on one side and crunchy corn on the other, because you get BOTH flavors in each piece of cereal.
Sweet And Salty Chex Mix
Chex Mix Snack Mix is the perfect crunchy, salty, buttery snack — and with M&Ms candies added, it's the perfect blend of sweet and salty.
- 1 1/2 cubes butter
- 1 family size box Crispix cereal
- 6 tblsp Worcestershire
- 1 bag Cheetos Puffs
- 2 tblsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
- 2 cups Rold Gold pretzel sticks
- 1 lb Plain M&Ms Candies
- 1 lb Peanut M&Ms Candies
- In a large (4-5 quart) microwave safe bowl, combine Crispix, Cheetos and pretzel sticks.
- In a 2 cup measuring cup, melt butter. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and Lawry’s seasoned salt.
- Pour 1/2 butter mixture, a little at a time, over the cereal mixture while stirring. Make sure the cereal mixture is evenly coated.
- Microwave cereal mixture for 45 seconds. Remove and stir. Be sure to move cereal from bottom of bowl to top.
- Pour remaining 1/2 butter mixture, a little at a time, over the cereal mixture while stirring. Microwave mixture again for 60 seconds. Remove and stir.
- Microwave another 45 seconds. Remove and spread mixture over a large flat surface covered with paper towels.
- When cereal mixture is completely dry, return to the bowl and serve.
When scooping Chex Mix out of the bowl into individual bowls or cups, the pretzel sticks can get in the way because they are so long. I like to break the pretzels in half when adding them to the snack mix to make scooping easier.
Also, modify this recipe to fit your family's tastes. We have one family member who doesn't like peanut M&Ms, so we omit those. Or sometimes we skip the M&Ms completely or add extra Cheetos.