This weekend I’ll be leaving for a service trip to the Washington, North Carolina area to work on building a house…we think…we actually don’t know what tasks they will give us to do until we get there. My mom, dad and sister and a group from Ohio are going and I’ll meet them there on Saturday. As I have been gathering supplies and getting my stuff together I had an unexpected request from my sister…can you make chex mix?
I use the standard recipe but I do make some tweaks which I think is what makes people crave it.
- I use chex mix seasoning packets. They aren’t the easiest to find but when you do you can usually pick them up for about 50 cents each. I really wouldn’t pay much more than that. Not only do I use those packets to season my chex mix but I also double the seasoning packet per batch. So the directions say one packet per 3 cups of this and that but I do two packets. I keep the butter the same at 6 tablespoons. Below are the directions from the back of the packet.
I usually use whatever chex like cereal is the cheapest at the grocery store. This batch was Weis Market brand. I always get a corn chex, rice chex and the third chex is one with some sweetness to it…I used a honey vanilla flavor this time. So now it’s not regular salty chex mix, it’s a sweet and salty mix that really makes it awesome. I also use a good nut mix, like shown in the picture below. My personal favorite for pretzels is the butter snaps. They are square and have a good taste to them and those that don’t like pretzels, like my sister, can easily pick them out. All these ingredients make about 3.5 batches and I usually use all the ingredients because it does get gobbled up quickly and keeps well.
- My third trick is I microwave it in batches. This really speeds the process along and allows for a nice even cooking time and allows for more stirring so nothing sticks. I also, by accident, found out that my stock pot lid fits perfectly over this microwave safe bowl. I tend to make a batch (3 cups of all the chex and double the packets) in my stock pot and pour the butter and seasoning mix over top. I then put the lid on the stock pot and shake and stir. This gives a nice even coat and keeps big spoons from breaking your mix. I then pour half of the coated mix in the microwave safe bowl and put it in the microwave for 1 minute. I then, using pot holders, take out the bowl, put the the stock pot lid on and shake and stir again so there won’t be any clumping and burning while cooking. I do this about three times and then spread the chex on a paper towel to cool.
It is so good! Makes a ton and is great anytime of the year!
Anyone else have some great Chex mix recipes?