If you’re a fan of savory and crunchy snacks, then you’ve probably come across the deliciousness that is Chex Mix. This classic party snack has been a crowd-pleaser for generations, and the best part is that you can easily make it at home. In this article, we’ll explore the traditional Chex Mix recipe and how to achieve the perfect blend of flavors using your oven.
The Classic Ingredients
To make a traditional Chex Mix in the oven, you’ll need a handful of staple ingredients. Start with 3 cups each of corn, rice, and wheat Chex cereal. These different varieties provide a mix of textures that add depth to your snack. Additionally, you’ll need 1 cup of pretzels for that salty crunch factor.
Next up are nuts – 1 cup of mixed nuts or your preferred variety will do just fine. Feel free to experiment with different combinations to find your favorite flavor profile. Finally, gather 6 tablespoons of melted butter and seasonings like Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoons), garlic powder (1 teaspoon), onion powder (1 teaspoon), and salt (½ teaspoon).
Preparing Your Ingredients
Before diving into mixing everything together, it’s important to prepare your ingredients properly. First, preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C) so it’s ready when you’re done mixing everything.
In a large bowl, combine all three types of Chex cereal along with pretzels and nuts. Toss them gently until they are evenly mixed. In a separate small bowl, whisk together melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt until well combined.
Mixing and Baking
Once all your ingredients are prepared, it’s time to mix them together for baking in the oven. Pour the seasoned butter mixture over the cereal, pretzels, and nuts. Using a spatula or your hands, gently toss everything until all the pieces are coated evenly.
Spread the mixture onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Make sure to spread it out in an even layer to ensure even baking and to avoid clumping. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent burning.
Cooling and Storing
Once your Chex Mix is golden brown and crispy, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely on the baking sheet. This step is crucial as it allows any remaining moisture to evaporate, ensuring maximum crunchiness.
Once cooled, transfer your homemade Chex Mix into an airtight container or resealable bag. It can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks if properly sealed. However, we doubt it will last that long.
Making traditional Chex Mix in the oven is not only easy but also gives you complete control over the flavors you crave. With just a few simple ingredients and some patience for stirring and baking, you’ll have a delicious snack that’s perfect for parties, movie nights, or any time you’re craving something savory and crunchy. So go ahead and give this classic recipe a try – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
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