I am going to go ahead and warn you that these are HIGHLY addictive! I'm sure you have had other homemade chex mix recipes before...and I'm sure they are tasty, but I am not yanking your chain when I tell you that this is the best recipe! The women in my family have been making this exact recipe for several generations.
To this day, the smell of these doo-dads baking throughout the house is one of my favorite memories growing up around the holidays. It's salty, and crunchy, and those bits that get stuck together during the baking process is something that we all fight over in my family!
You are either going to hate me or love me after you make this...or maybe a little of both because you won't be able to stop eating it!
It's a little time intensive, but really easy! Great for a Sunday afternoon at home with your family. The smells that will take over your house will make you oh so happy!
Go ahead, write down these ingredients and make this ASAP!
- 1 Box Rice Chex
- 1 Box Corn Chex
- 3/4 Box Wheat Chex
- 3/4 Box of Cheerios
- 1/2 Bag of Pretzel Sticks
- 3/4 Container of Cocktail Peanuts
- Pecans (as many as you like in your mix)
- 5 Sticks of Butter (yeah you read that right..5, but it makes a lot, and it's Christmas)
- 3/4 Bottle of Worcestershire sauce
- Garlic Salt
*Note: If you don't like the nuts I use, swap them for your favorites.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a saucepan, add sticks of butter, Worcestershire sauce, and a good amount of garlic salt and taste test until seasoned to your liking.
- Melt this down together and let cool slightly.
- While the sauce cools, get a large roasting pan and combine your dry ingredients and stir well.
- A ladle at a time start pouring the butter sauce over the cereal and stir until all of your liquid is combined well.
- Put roasting pan in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and stir, add a little more garlic salt and reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees and place roasting pan back in oven.
- Continue to stir the doo dads about every 30 minutes for 5 hours until cereal is crispy. Add a little garlic salt before stirring every time to ensure everything is seasoned properly.
- Once doo dads are crispy they are done...and feel free to taste test as you are cooking throughout the day...it's part of the tradition.
- Let cool thoroughly and store in airtight containers.
These are perfect to make for homemade gifts or a party, and the hardest part is not eating them all yourself! Merry Christmas!