Grandma’s Christmas Chex Mix

  • Chex mix made at home is great year round especially when you have the craving for a snack! It's so much better than store-bought because YOU control what ingredients go into your chex mix!

    I went to a gift wrapping workshop several years ago because I never knew how to wrap gifts properly.

    I’ve always tried but then resorted to gift bags and pretty much hated everything about wrapping presents.

    My ends were horrible. I would always end up with way too much material and then I’d scrunch it all up and tape it.

    Lol, you would know EVERY year which presents were from me.

    I’m happy to say that now I know how to wrap properly…I wish I had learned this earlier this year because now I want to wrap all the things and buy all the cute wrapping paper.

    Although, day after Christmas will be the best day to scoop all those up for next year.

    Did you know that I actually have a calendar alert on my phone for the day after Christmas so I can always remember to buy all the holiday cards and decorations for next year? Haha #crazybutsmart

    Chex mix made at home is great year round especially when you have the craving for a snack! It's so much better than store-bought because YOU control what ingredients go into your chex mix!

    Inspiration for this Christmas chex mix recipe

    Well, the titty cookies (peanut butter blossom cookies) were inspired by Jason’s family and with that came this Christmas chex mix recipe.

    Every single Christmas I have had with Jason’s family, there has been an abundant amount of chex mix.

    Like those large popcorn tins full of chex mix.

    Prior to Jason’s grandmother getting sick (and passing), she would make this for them every single year.

    Since she is no longer able to do so, Jason’s mom and aunts take on this task as to preserve the tradition and because it’s just not a Christmas without chex mix!

    Chex mix made at home is great year round especially when you have the craving for a snack! It's so much better than store-bought because YOU control what ingredients go into your chex mix!

    Can you lessen the garlic flavor on these?

    The ones that grandma makes is super garlicky.

    Everyone ends up with garlic breath so it honestly doesn’t really matter ;)

    I honestly like it that way. One of my favorite spices to use is garlic powder and I am very heavy-handed with that spice.

    You can go less, if you prefer.

    Can you use all rice chex or all corn chex?

    My favorite part of chex mix is you can use whatever you want.

    You can mix up the chex varieties or only  use one kind.

    Chex mix made at home is great year round especially when you have the craving for a snack! It's so much better than store-bought because YOU control what ingredients go into your chex mix!

    You didn’t use rye chips in yours!

    I know! They’re my favorite ingredient in chex mix.

    I was looking for the rye chips that the store-bought chex mix has but the local grocery store didn’t have them and I didn’t want to run to Walmart just for rye chips.

    If I’m being honest here, whenever I buy store-bought chex mix…I pick out all the rye chips and eat them first, LOL

    What else can you add in this chex mix?

    You can always add holiday colored M&M’s to this because who doesn’t love a salty-sweet combination?

    You can also add nuts or dried fruit!

    Chex mix made at home is great year round especially when you have the craving for a snack! It's so much better than store-bought because YOU control what ingredients go into your chex mix!

    Chex mix made at home is great year round especially when you have the craving for a snack! It's so much better than store-bought because YOU control what ingredients go into your chex mix!
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    Grandma's Christmas Chex Mix

    Homemade chex mix is better than store-bought because YOU control what goes in it!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 1 hr
    Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
    Calories: 877kcal
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    Ingredients

    • 4 cups rice chex cereal
    • 4 cups corn chex cereal
    • 4 cups wheat chex cereal
    • 3 cups mini pretzels
    • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
    • Garlic powder, to taste (we use a lot - like 1+ tablespoons, haha)
    • Salt, to taste

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
    • In a large bowl, toss chex cereal and pretzels with the melted butter, vegetable oil, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and salt.
    • Pour onto prepared baking sheets in an even layer and bake for 1 hour, tossing halfway through.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

    Notes

    Feel free to add whatever other ingredients you may like in your chex mix. Some suggestions are: nuts (cashews, peanuts, almonds, etc.), dried fruit, chocolate chips, M&M's, and more!
    Nutrition Facts
    Grandma's Christmas Chex Mix
    Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
    Calories 877 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 8g 12%
    Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
    Sugars 12g
    Protein 12g 24%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Jenny Flake says:

    What a fun Christmas snack!!

  • Maria says:

    What a great snack or gift!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Home made mix is the best!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    I would eat this by the handfuls!

  • Naomi says:

    Admittedly, I don’t love wrapping, but having pretty paper certainly helps :)

    This chexmix – on point!

  • Mary says:

    I have had great success with buying the store bought chex mix and doctoring it up with the melted butter and worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. That way, since there are only two of us, I don’t have such a large batch AND it contains the rye chips! Happy Holidays!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I just love a nicely wrapped gift! So funny- my grandma used to make chez mix too :) very nostalgic.

  • Beverly says:

    Help!! Where do you find rye chips at Walmart? Are they on the chip aisle or the cereal aisle? Can’t wait to make this!

  • Sandy T says:

    We always have chex mix at my family’s Christmas and Thanksgiving events. I think my husband’s family was a bit surprised I had it this year. It’s a must. So Yummy. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says:

    Home made must be sooo good!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    Bring on the Chex Mix!!

  • Jean says:

    I make Chex mix every Christmas. My special ingredient is Tobasco sauce to add a little kick.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Ohhh, I like that hidden kick you add!

  • Nancy Babyak says:

    I use BBQ sauce rather than oil… Leaves a nice tang

  • Emily Wolfe says:

    I’m a woman, understand our pressures. Here I am, scanning recipe after recipe to impress my family for Christmas, with something that should be simple, like a Chex mix*Oh, but we always have to make the best one don’t we. I guess, I just hate trying to read all these author stories and coming across increasingly more graphic descriptions of food.. Such as your “titty cookies ” reference. Why do we have to do this to food,make it funny or vulger? Only way to prove we are funny and cool? I’ve never heard peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies called that before you. Can we please stop sexualizing food and other objects. As woman,we should hold our standards a bit higher, since we are sexualized and objectified to begin with.. Now my food gets caught up..?? Excuse any misspellings.. I’m in a hurry here. Ha!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      oh lord. yes, i’m totally trying to be “cool and funny” by sexualizing food. come on. if you actually read the post on peanut butter blossom cookies, you’ll have read that the “sexualized” cookie name has been in my husband’s family for over 25 years. they have called it that since his cousin was a kid. it’s a funny, family story. please lighten up. additionally, BLOGS always a story along with the recipe. we are content creators and writers and real people. we aren’t a database of recipes and robotic like AllRecipes. if you “hate trying to read all these author stories,” then you can definitely keep on scrolling! it may shield you from the sexualized content i put out.

    • Jade-Ann says:

      Excuse me Emily, we are all women here (some men too I’m sure) and you seem to be the type to look for anything and everything that could be offensive to only you, do not speak for all women. This is the problem with blogs is we’re really not looking for your opinion but we have to read it anyway. Your opinion had nothing to do with the actual recipe I actually shook my head reading it. Don’t act like you do not have time to share your opinions with everyone, I wish you’d have less time because I would have rather not read your opinion myself. Your type is why this world is holding back becoming less real and it’s a shame, stop being so easily offended, gtfu. On the upside, I’m actually very excited to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing Julie!

      • Julie Wampler says:

        Thanks Jade-Ann!

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