Spicy Chex Mix. Because there are simply not enough Chex Mix recipes in the world.

I'm a salty snack kinda gal.

Oh, I like the occasional cookie or brownie or ice cream cone just fine, but set me in front of an unopened bag of Lay's potato chips and I'll last MAYBE .34746 seconds before I rip it open and start to suck down all that salty crunchy greasy yummy OH MY GOD I'LL BE RIGHT BACK I HAVE TO GO EAT SOME POTATO CHIPS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!


Ok, I feel better now.

Back to my story.

About 10 or 12 years or so ago, I worked with a wonderful woman named Betty O'Kelley.  She was one of those people who always celebrated every single holiday with wild abandon.  Fourth of July?  Sparklers in her hair.  St. Patrick's Day?  Shamrock cupcakes for everyone!   When the holidays rolled around and we would begin the inevitable potluck meals to get us through the retail Hell that was bearing down around us, she always had something yummy for all of us.

Once she brought in a big bowl of this Chex Mix, and I thought "Meh, Chex Mix," and promptly ignored it in favor of other delightful foody things that were filling up our break room table.  Sadly, I had to actually stop eating and go wait on customers for a few hours, and when I came back, pretty much everything else was gone.  I guess other people thought "Meh, Chex Mix," too.  Anyway, I picked up a handful, popped into my mouth, and promptly fell in love.

It's delightful.

It's also kinda spicy, which is an excellent thing in my opinion.

[Printable Recipe]

1/4 cup margarine (that's half a stick, by the way)
2 T. Worcestershire sauce - in 37 years of life, I have not heard this pronounced the same way twice.   Plus everybody who tries to say it sounds like he has marbles in his mouth.
2 T. Tabasco sauce
1 1/2 t. Lawry's Seasoned Salt
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Blend
1 t. Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Blend
8 cups Chex Cereal.  I like to use a couple cups of Wheat Chex and then the rest either Rice or Corn Chex, or if I'm feeling really crazy, a combo of the two.
2 cups mini pretzels
2 cups Goldfish crackers
1 cup mixed nuts.  Ok, lets be honest here.  Everyone knows the nuts are the best part.  Throw in a whole small can if you want to.

Heat your oven to 250 degrees.  In the largest shallow baking pan you have, melt the butter in the oven.  While the butter is melting, mix all the seasonings into a small bowl.  Remove the melted butter from the oven and stir the seasoning mixture into it.  Dump in all the cereal, pretzels, Goldfish and nuts, and stir and stir and stir and stir until everything is pretty much evenly coated.  Bake it in the 250 degree oven for an hour, stirring it every 15 minutes.

After it is out of the oven, let it cool completely, then store it in an airtight container.  It will store that way forever, but it tastes so damn good it won't last that long anyway.


1 comment:

  1. I will be trying this out very soon! I love Chex mix and spicy!!!!


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