Thursday, September 23, 2010

Crunchy Party Mix

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. 

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