Before I knew about Chex™ Party Mix, I snacked on Trash. Oh yes, Trash. I can still here my grandmother giggling when she said it.
Granny made Trash for our Christmas get-togethers. It was a 1960’s concoction of pretty much any salty, crunchy thing that came in a box or bag.
I had completely forgotten about Trash until I stumbled across a recipe for it in a long forgotten cookbook. Although the recipe’s name was correct and the overall content was something like my grandmother’s recipe, it was not as I remembered Trash from my childhood. I did an internet search for a different recipe and was not at all surprised that my first hit landed me at Cooks.com.
If there is one place on the internet where ‘under the radar’ recipes can be found, it is at Cooks. The recipes are unedited and appear exactly as the contributors write them. Cooks is a haven for recipes otherwise long forgotten. I consistently find recipes there that my little, backwoods southern grandmother used to make and I am so grateful that people have preserved them for ME!
Although I read many recipes, in the end I concocted my own recipe. The first batch I made was a dismal failure and went straightway into the garbage can. It was a huge waste of ingredients, but no one was going to eat it, so into the garbage it went. I felt guilty.
With helpful suggestions from my family and a lot of pondering about flavors that blend well together, I came up with what I think is a really great tasting bit of Trash. There are some things, however, that I need to tell you before I give you the recipe:
- There’s Trash Snack Mix and White Trash Snack Mix. Regular Trash is savory and White Trash is sweet. We’re making regular Trash here.
- This snack mix has a ton of different crunchy items. I’ve probably gone overboard, but I had a miserable time trying to decide between potato sticks, Bugles®, and Fritos®. The outcome of indecision is that I put all three of them in the mix. Couldn’t help it; I just simply couldn’t help it. Interjection: Bugles were one of my all time favorite crunchy snacks things when I was a kid, with Fritos following a close second. In retrospect, the potato sticks didn’t bring anything to the party, so I have left them out of the recipe below.
- If you don’t want all of those various crunchy, snacky things, then simply mix and match a total of 11 cups of your favorites.
- If you want a spiffed up version of Chex Party Mix®, check out our Chex Party Mix–Spencer-style.
Trash Snack Mix
For the dry ingredients:
- 2 cups Rice Chex®
- 2 cups original flavor Bugles®
- 1 cup Cheerios®
- 1 cup original flavor Fritos®
- 1 cup oyster crackers
- 1 cup Triscuits® minis
- 1 cup Club® minis
- 1 cup mix nuts
For the wet ingredients:
- 3/4 cup butter, softend
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder or granulated onion
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- In a deep baking or roasting pan, combine all of the dry ingredients. You will need a total of 11 cups dry ingredients in the combination of your choosing. Set aside.
- In a microwave-proof bowl, put the wet ingredients. Cover bowl with wax paper and place in microwave. Cook on high 1 minute. Remove from microwave and whisk to combine ingredients well.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Stir to coat all of the dry ingredients well.
- Place in oven and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Turn out onto several layers of paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container when cool.