This is a great homemade version of Chex Mix that I discovered very recently in a Better Home & Gardens cookbook that I'm borrowing from my neighbor. I cut the original version of the recipe in half because it makes a ton! It was delicious, super easy, and a big hit with our friends and the kids!
Crunchy Party Mix
2.5 cups pretzel sticks
2 cups Cheerios
2 cups bite-sized wheat or bran cereal squares (Chex cereal)
2 cups bite-sized rice or corn cereal squares
1.5 cups mixed nuts
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1.5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Several drops of bottled hot sauce (optional)
1. In a large roasting pan combine pretzels, Cheerios, cereal squares, and mixed nuts. Set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, heat and stir butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and hot sauce until butter melts. Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture; stir gently to coat.
3. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on a large piece of foil to cool. Store in an airtight container.
***The recipe above makes 10 cups. So, to serve a large crowd or to make a bunch, just double!
***This recipe can be frozen for up to 4 months.
***Feel free to change things up as far as the cereal and pretzel and nuts go! I don't particularly care for the bran Chex Mix, so I used rice and corn instead.