DIY-Chex Mix (BYOM–Bring your own microwave!)

30 Dec

 IMG_7482 I mentioned in my Secret Angel post that we made lots of Chex Mix and Crockpot Candy for this fun, new Christmas tradition. I had every intention of posting my Chex Mix and Crockpot Candy recipes for you before Christmas, but alas, that didn’t happen. So, as many of you are preparing for FUN New Year’s Eve gatherings tomorrow night, I thought these simple and easy recipes might be helpful for you! So, I just had to share!

I love, love, love Chex Mix, and the pre-made Chex Mix bags that you can buy at the store, well, they just don’t cut it for me. I discovered this recipe several years ago, and it’s my “go to” recipe for Chex Mix, which I make in large quantities during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. I love this recipe because, unlike most Chex Mix recipes, you aren’t waiting hours on end by the oven (and stirring every hour!) for your Chex Mix to be made. You can whip this up in about 15 minutes from start to finish. Also, this recipe feeds a crowd. I love such recipes that take little effort and feed lots of people–always a WIN-WIN for me. Here are a few tips followed by the recipe:


1) A glass bowl is required–Here’s a picture of the yumminess of melted butter and spices swirled together. Since this recipe is based on cooking your Chex Mix in the microwave, you’ll need a glass bowl! 🙂 Don’t put your stainless steel mixing bowl in the microwave (unless you’d like to have a fire in your home!). A microwave safe bowl is a necessity when you use this recipe.IMG_7480

2) Stirring trick: Small circular motion at the base of the bowl–By the time you dump all of the ingredients into your bowl, it will be FULL! Your Chex Mix will only taste like Chex cereal unless you stir the yummy butter liquid over all of the ingredients. This can be a challenge with a full bowl. The best way that I’ve found to remedy this is to stir with my spatula in small circles at the bottom of the bowl. This helps to cycle all of the cereal mixture through the pool of the melted butter mixture.

IMG_74863) Chex Mix+Paper Towels=BFF–One other “ingredient” that you find in the official recipe below is a good role of paper towels. To avoid butter splatter in your microwave while this is cooking, cover your bowl with a paper towel. Also, to cool off the Chex Mix after it’s cooked, pour it onto a couple of paper towels as shown above.


Chex Mix

1/4 cup butter
4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt AND garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. sugar
7 cups Rice, Corn, or Wheat Chex (or combination)
1 cup pretzels AND peanuts (or mixed nuts)

In microwave-safe bowl, melt butter.  Stir in Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and sugar.  Gradually add cereal, peanuts, and pretzels.  Stir to coat evenly.  Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring thoroughly with spatula after 2 1/2 minutes.  Make sure to scrape sides and bottom of bowl.  (Be careful not to burn!)  Spread in single layer on paper towels.  Store in airtight containers.


One Response to “DIY-Chex Mix (BYOM–Bring your own microwave!)”


  1. Christmas tradition: Secret Angel « Suzanne Shares - December 30, 2012

    […] Whip up Christmas goodies–I spent the afternoon making yummy Chex Mix and Crockpot Candy. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting those recipes soon. Knowing, in […]

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