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Have a Hot & Spicey Party.. Mix!

I promised this recipe to @AKDaveDownunder a few days ago and decided it would be yet another gift from me to all of you during my whirlwind recipe fest this Holiday season!

I used to be married to a military man who was raised in a very traditional mid-west family, but not the fun kind from my side of the family. The recipes I gathered from THAT marriage were ones that I have had to kick up more notches than I will ever admit to my former mother-in-law. (I swear she has never heard of salt and pepper!) One of these was her version of Chex© Mix.

After our first year of marriage I was finally able to serve steak without him automatically asking for ketchup (and thinking I would actually give it to him). He was settling into my cooking and loving it, right up until tradition stepped on my spicy toes. Right before our 1st Thanksgiving he asked me to call his mother to get a few of his favorite traditional recipes. By then I had ate a few of her meals and knew that it was going to be something I made a small amount of first only to experiment till I had just the right spices in it to make it palatable for our family.   I was right in the middle of getting her “famous” Scalloped Corn recipe and during the fourth time of me asking, “So no salt or pepper, just the corn, eggs, cream and crackers?” my husband yells from his spot in front of the TV,

“Hey get her Chex© Mix recipe so you can make a few batches for me and the squad next week!”

What she gave me was completely different than what I was used to making. I always used the recipe on the side of the box and added double the spices to boot.  The meat-head explained that it would not be the same. *WOOPWOOP* I hit the panic button, this was another ketchup emergency (Ketchup Emergency was the title I gave the mid-west disasters he called meals, things that he ended up smothering in condiments and salt and pepper. I had to teach him the beauty of the marinate!)

I consented, as I usually did (it was a tactic he never learned, he always thought he made all the decisions that my cooking was better) and later that week I made him his mother’s version of Chex© Mix and a double batch of my version, knowing how much he likes things spicy and hot. Of course I also made sure each batch was labeled as to which it was. He finished the plain batch, but he agreed mine was wonderful and a hit with everyone else! I ended up with what became a requested pogey bait addition for every field exercise. His squad members would actually show up at my door with grocery bags full of the ingredients and beg me to make some for them to eat in the barracks.This recipe is perfect to make to have in the cupboard for every day snacking.

Hot & Spicy Party Mix

  • 6 cups Corn Chex© cereal (you can use store brands, I have never had a problem with these)
  • 6 cups Rice Chex© cereal
  • 4 cups Wheat Chex© cereal
  • 2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 3 cup pretzels
  • 2 cup bite-size cheese crackers
  • 3/4 cup butter cubed (do not use margarine, it will ruin this dish)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons seasoned salt (I use Lawry’s©)
  • 1- 1 1/2 tablespoons red pepper sauce
  1. In large batter bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and crackers; set aside
  2. microwave butter in a smaller microwave safe bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt and red pepper sauce. Mix till well blended.
  3. Pour over the mixture stiring with a wooden spoon as you go, do not dump it all on but drizzle it and stir to coat evenly.
  4. Turn the oven on to 250 and get out two of your largest cookie sheets with sides (I have also used the bottom of my broiler pan and jelly roll pans too.)
  5. Bake each batch for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container. (I store mine in Ziploc© baggies, it never lasts very long anyway!)

This can be especially fun with pretzel shapes during the holiday season, but the best pretzels to use are small sized or the sticks! ENJOY and Happy Holidays!

One Comment

  1. What a fantastic sounding snack!!

    Thank you for sharing it.

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