Zesty Snack Mix

Zesty Snack Mix

Pretty much everyone in the U.S. eats Chex™ Party Mix, right?  Whenever I think of the Christmas season “gotta-haves”, this is always high on my list.

We have tweaked the recipe over the years and have come up with a zippier version of this old favorite.  We have banished the Wheat Chex™ and the pretzels and have stepped up the Worcestershire sauce.  Tricia says that you know you have enough Worcestershire sauce if the smell of it burns your nose when you stir the warm mix.  I’m the only one who likes nuts in the mix, and I will absolutely not give way on that matter.

Oh, and we’ve banished the oven method, too.  Why spend an hour making something in the oven when six minutes in the microwave can give the same results?

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Recipe adapted from General Mills Original Chex Party Mix recipe


  • 5 cups Rice Chex™ cereal
  • 5 cups Corn Chex™ cereal
  • 3 cups Cheeze-Its™
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt (I used Johnny’s)
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion (or onion powder)


Microwave Method:

  1. In a large bowl mix together cereals, Cheeze-Its™, and nuts.
  2. In a small bowl or a glass measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave.
  3. To the melted butter, add the Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, granulated garlic, and granulated onion.  Stir well.
  4. Pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir to coat the dry ingredients well.
  5. Place bowl with mix in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes on high.
  6. Remove and stir well.
  7. Return the bowl to the microwave and cook for 2 more minutes on high.
  8. Remove and stir well.
  9. Return bowl to microwave and cook for final 2 minutes on high.
  10. Remove, stir well, and pour out onto paper towel lined baking sheet.  Allow to cool.  Store in a large food storage bag or other airtight container.

Oven Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  2. In large bowl, mix cereals, Cheeze-Its™, and nuts: set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pot, melt butter.
  4. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, granulated garlic, and granulated onions.
  5. Pour over cereal mixture and stir until cereal mixture is evenly coated.
  6. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.

Zesty Snack Mix
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