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This Homemade Chex Mix recipe is easy to whip up, makes your home smell ah-maze-ing as it bakes in the oven, and is an addictive snack food that has proven to be a crowd favorite for decades. The recipe comes from my grandma and its secret sauce is the key to its deliciousness.
The History Behind the Family Recipe
I’m almost a little hesitant to share our “TV Mix” recipe.
No, not because of its addictive nature and unmatchable flavor.
Not because it makes a HUGE batch and is easy to store, give away, or bring to a large group get-together.
Nor for the reason that it will make your house smell AMAZING and your mouth water when it’s cooking in the oven. Nope. None of those reasons.
The reason I’m hesitant is because it’s a somewhat secret family recipe that we make EVERY Fall. I guess we’ve never declared it a secret but I don’t know of anyone else who makes this “TV Mix” as we like to call it.
This yummy snack was originally a recipe of my grandma’s. I remember her always having it out and ready at family gatherings. I’m so glad my mom snagged the recipe and perfected it. I even have the original recipe card from her!
I love that we can carry on the family tradition of making the TV mix together.
A Short Video of How to Make Homemade Chex Mix
In fact, we recently got together to make a batch. Look how easily it comes together!
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How to Make it: 3 Easy Steps
STEP 1: Mix all the munchie ingredients together in a large roasting pan. You can add just about any kind of munchie to the cereal mixture. Some examples we’ve used in the past are: Crispix, pretzel fish, crushed garlic bagel chips, sesame seed sticks, pine nuts, etc. You can play with it once you get a feel for the recipe. Because I know you’ll be making it more than once. 🙂
STEP 2: Make the secret sauce and drizzle it over the mix. The snacky ingredients are somewhat flexible. The magic sauce is not. And it’s this sauce that is key to its deliciousness.
The only ingredient in the recipe that might be tricky to find is Ground Savory. If your store doesn’t have it, you can easily get it on Amazon.
STEP 3: Bake it! This is the best part because it smells SO dang good once it gets going. The mix does need to be stirred every 15 minutes, but it will be worth it, I promise. If you don’t stir it, parts of the mix will get burnt.
It’s not just nostalgia that makes this recipe one of a kind. It is truly SO good and SO addicting. In fact, my college roommates banned it because we all had no self-control when it was in our apartment. Bring it to any gathering and people will be clamoring for the recipe.
My mom always has a stash on hand that she busts out when family is in down or they have a social gathering.
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- 3 cups of Cheerios
- 3 cups of Rice Chex
- 3 cups of Wheat Chex
- 3 cups of Corn Chex
- 3 cups of Kix
- 1 regular bag of stick pretzels
- 1 (8 oz.) can mixed nuts
- 1 (8 oz.) can peanuts
- 1 or 2 cups cashew halves
- 1 1/2 cups corn oil (sub: avocado oil)
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon onion salt
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground savory (sub: ground thyme)
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- Preheat the oven to 250°F.
- In a large roasting pan, combine cereals, pretzels, and nuts.
- In a mason jar or small bowl, combine oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, onion salt, celery salt, and savory in a mason jar or small mixing bowl. Shake or stir well.
- Pour the sauce over mixture and stir well to combine.
- Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes
- Let cool completely before storing.
Stores well on the counter or in the pantry in an airtight container.
It’s fun to use holiday-themed pretzels around the holidays.
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