I love snacks. I remember having a friend in University who hated the word – she’d repeat it over and over until it did sound like the most totally ridiculous word ever. Still, I love snacks and I won’t belittle the concept or the word further. And this party mix (aka Chex Mix) is the best snack that I’ve discovered recently.
I didn’t grow up with snacks like this – I’m new to this whole “party mix” game. But I’ve taken to it like a CHAMP. I made this to serve at our annual Boxing Day party and I loved it so much that I made another batch for our quiet New Years celebration. Me + the husband + Ken Burns’ Dust Bowl doc + party mix. Living it up right.
Also, anything that can be served right from a large empty yogurt container is a-okay in my books.
I don’t know if this is any different from any of the legions of Chex mix-style recipes out there, but it’s a keeper. It’s got everything that I love – from the crunchy toasted cereals and pretzels to the salty-sweet-spicy buttery combination. It’s great for any gathering or party and I think you could play around with the flavours if you were so inclined. Me, I’ll be keeping this as is. Though, I should point out that the second time we made it, I used up some leftover “hard butter sauce” (aka rum flavoured butter + icing sugar from our xmas pudding) instead of adding in the butter and brown sugar and I believe it was even better than the first time I made it.
Oh, and I’d like to mention that I’m super chuffed to have won in two categories for the THE NINJAMATICS’ 2012 CANADIAN WEBLOG AWARDS for “Best Designed Weblog” & “Best Weblog About Food & Drink “. Now that’s something to celebrate!! Party mix for all!!
sweet, spicy & salty party mix
(adapted from Ricardo Cuisine)
5 c multi-grain oat cereal (like Cheerios)
5 c rice squares cereal (like Crispix or Chex)
3 c pretzel sticks
1/2 c unsalted butter
1/4 c brown sugar
2 T worchestershire sauce
1 t chili powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion salt
a few shakes of hot sauce
Preheat oven to 250F. Line 2 baking sheets in parchment & set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the cereals & pretzels. In a small saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients over medium-high heat until melted. Slowly pour the sauce over the cereal and toss well to combine. Divide cereal mix equally between the 2 prepared cookie sheets and spread out in an even layer. Bake for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until dry and crisp. Cool and store in a tightly covered container.