Sunday, December 18

Shannon's Holiday Snack Mix

Every year I look forward to making my version of “nuts and bolts” or “chex mix” and every year I make it differently because I always forget to write things down as I go!  Now that I’m a blogger, I forced myself to record as I went and here is the 2011 version of Shannon’s Holiday Snack Mix!  It’s a pretty tame version that what I’m used to making – not very spicy at all – this one is for the kids!!
Enjoy (responsibly) by the tree with a glass of Baileys and Eggnog!

Shannon’s Holiday Snack Mix
1 cup melted butter
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp onion powder
3 large cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp Louisiana Hot Sauce

6 cups Bugles
4 cups Cheeze-its (I actually prefer Ritz Bits but cannot find them anywhere this year!)
6 cups Cheerios
6 cups Crispix cereal
6 cups pretzels
2 cups salted peanuts

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.  In a glass bowl, melt butter in microwave.  Add the Worcestershire, onion powder, garlic and hot sauce.  Set aside.

This is my little garlic grater - its awesome!!
In your very biggest roaster, combine all of the other ingredients. 

I wont bore you with a play by play of adding each ingredient, but you get the picture!
Pour the butter mixture over top and gently stir to combine. 

Shove in the oven; take out and stir every 10 minutes for about an hour = maybe more if it seems like it needs to dry out more.  Remove from oven and let cool completely. 

It goes kind of golden after about an hour in the oven
Store in airtight containers for up to a week.

Makes a great little present too!


  1. I can't tell you how much of these Chex party mixes I ate as a kid! My sister would make huge batches, some spicy, some not. This recipe really takes me back! You inspired me to make some this year and this is a good recipe to start with!

  2. wow this is a great combo... this snack looks really special my kids love nuts Crispix cereal, pretzel and everything in it.

  3. Wow, ritz bits: what a blast from the past! Love it! I am envious of your chex mix. I tried making some this season and it was a horrible, terrible mess. So horrible I have not admitted this to any other bloggers. Yours looks easy and Badger Girl proof. :) Thanks for sharing!