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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, similar to our Apple Butter, 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.
In fact, we recently got together to make a batch. Look how easily it comes together!
Here is what you will need to make homemade Chex Mix.
Tip – use the extra Chex to make Puppy Chow!
- 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.
- Ground Savory can be hard to find. You can substitute thyme if you need to. You can easily get it on Amazon as well.
How to Make Homemade Chex Mix
Start by mixing all the dry ingredients together in a large roasting pan.
Next add all of the sauce ingredients to a jar and give it a good shake. Drizzle it over the mix and toss until thoroughly mixed in.
Time to 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.
How to Store Homemade Chex Mix
Chex Mix is best at room temperature. I like to store mine in jumbo ziplock bags or in a large Tupperware container.
If stored properly, it will be good for 3-4 weeks.
Any kind of neutral cooking oil like vegetable oil or avocado oil will work. We haven’t tested it with butter, but I’m afraid it could burn.
The roasting pan I recommend for this is a rectangular or oval-shaped, deep, and wide pan with sturdy handles. They are typically 16-18 inches. It’s the same one I use to roast a chicken or turkey.
Yes! You can easily swap out the crunchy ingredients in this recipe. Just don’t mess with the sauce that goes over it.
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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 – 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes
- Let cool completely before storing.
- I use two wooden spoons to stir the mix. This helps it get thoroughly tossed.
- You can swap out any of the crunchy ingredients. Just don’t mess with the sauce.
- Chex Mix stores well in an airtight container. It will be good for 3-4 weeks.
- It’s fun to use holiday-themed pretzels around the holidays.