Homemade Chex Mix
It wasn’t until this past holiday season that I realized how big of a thing making your own Chex Mix really is. It was somehow off of my radar until then, when I started seeing everyone and their brother on social media swapping homemade Chex Mix recipes. For some people, it’s even a Christmas Eve family tradition. Up until that point, Chex Mix was simply among my favorite car snacks for road trips; something I would buy, not something I ever thought about making myself.
I don’t need too much of a nudge to dive into a homemade treat, so I started churning out batches in mid-December and settled on this combination of seasonings as “the one”. I love the combination of cereals, pretzels and different nuts, but you could absolutely change things up to suit your tastes. I definitely think the addition of some bagel chips or cheese twists would be fantastic. Go wild with whatever you like!
As I mentioned, I definitely got the impression that homemade Chex Mix was a holiday thing, but so far in our house, it has been a year-round thing. I’ve made countless batches since December, and it always disappears in no time. Perfect for trips, picnics, watching a sporting event, or just putting it out to nibble on when company arrives.
P.S. Have more of a sweet tooth? Check out this recipe for Muddy Buddies – peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar-coated Rice Chex cereal. I can never stop eating them!
One year ago: Crab Dip
Two years ago: Bacon and Cheese Quiche Tart
Three years ago: Mushroom Barley Risotto
Homemade Chex Mix
- 6 cups (186 g) Corn Chex cereal
- 6 cups (240 g) Crispix cereal
- 4 cups (248 g) Wheat Chex cereal
- 2 cups (42 g) Cheerios cereal
- 2 cups (160 g) pretzel pieces
- 2 cups (292 g) peanuts
- 1 cup (129 g) cashews
- ¾ cup (170.25 g) butter, melted
- 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 1½ teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. NOTE: Many readers have had issues with their mix burning at 325 degrees. I haven't had this problem, but I would recommend baking at 250 degrees F to avoid this potential issue.
- In a large roasting pan, stir together the cereals, pretzels and nuts.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Drizzle evenly over the cereal mixture and, using clean hands, toss to combine, making sure that the mixture is evenly moistened.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
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I tried this recipe! Amazing!! I had never used Cherri-o’s and it was great!! Thank you!!
We tried several versions homemade party mix recipes, but this by far our favorite. The cayenne pepper adds that little extra something special. Everyone always asks what the “extra” ingredient is. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!
I always make Chex mix year round but I add other thing to it like : bugles, fritos, cheese-it crackers of any flavor, sometimes oyster crackers, mixed nuts or all walnuts or any nuts. Never use Cheerios because I hate them. I also double the liquid because I use 2 cup of the bugles and 2 cups of fritos, etc. I make a bunch! You can also use Crispix with it. Anything salty can be added.
I only make this from Thanksgiving (October here in Canada) to Christmas as we tend to over indulge on it. While no one in my family has gluten issues, I find using various gluten free crackers/products adds an extra layer of crunch. I put one cup portions in cute little Dollar Tree containers and my husband passes them out to his customers. They start asking about this Chex Mix in September because it’s that good!
This is a great snack. I added gold fish to it for a little something different.
I’m glad I read some comments first and decided to lower the temp to 275. I had to split my batch between two cookie sheets and unfortunately one tray ended up a little on the burnt side. Next time I will definitely do 250 and watch closely/stir every 15 minutes. Also, my husband and I like spicy (like super spicy) food but I wanted to make this snack mix for the whole family. I adjusted the 1/2 tsp of cayenne down to 1/4 tsp and it still had more spice than we wanted. So if you don’t like spicy, definitely skip the 1/2 tsp of cayenne!
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Delicious. Thank you for this recipe!
I am looking for the recipe that contains chex mix, peanut butter, Worcestershire sauce. You have to put it in the oven and stir it. It does not have cherrios, or chips. PLEASE, i love that stuff.
My personal favorite is white trash a/k/a white Christmas
My mom used to make this when I was a kid and it was always a big hit with the family and friends. I love it and had not made for ages until recently.
I personally don’t like all the extra ingredients they put into the prepackaged kind or the extra chemicals either. This is such a simple to make make and inexpensive recipe, it should be go to recipe and snack you enjoy often. It is a great recipe to let your kids help begin. And most kids love to help in the kitchen.
I have learned you don’t need to worry if you don’t have all the ingredients, just substitute with a little more cereal or pretzels. If you find scorching is a problem with your oven,besides lowering the temp a little, you might try checking your mix and stiring it a little more often. You will know it is done when you don’t detect moist pieces. And by the way, it continues to crisp as it cools too. Time t go and enjoy mine while catching a movie with my hubby.
Great recipe. Only had corn and wheat Chex. I added 1 1/2 cups of cheese it’s, did 2 cups of mixed nuts and 1 cup of peanuts. Came out amazing!
When I clicked on this recipe it was supposed to be for a slow cooker version – can you give me the link for that version?
I just read some of the additional comments and obviously someone changed the title on your recipe at some point. I even went to the tabs for slow cooker recipes and this is what came up. Disappointed
I DONT SEE ANYTHING ABOUT SLOW COOKER HERE..ONLY OVEN… WHERE DID THAT INFO GO.
Hi Della, There was never slow cooker instructions; this is an oven recipe.
Where is the slow cooker recipe? This recipe is for the oven……tIA
There is no slow cooker version of this recipe?
The title of the recipe was Slow Cooker Homemade Chex Mix, but then the recipe said to make it in the oven? Do you have a recipe for Homemade Chex Mix in the slow cooker? Love to have one. Thanks…
Hi Phyllis, The title of this recipe was never slow cooker… I don’t have a slow cooker chex mix recipe on the site, so sorry!
Fantastic recapie. No issue with temp you suggest. Only problem. It don’t last long. I made it with Frank’s hot sauce. Perfection!
The recipe says oven…what happened to the Crock-Pot recipe?
Hi Sandra, I’m not sure why there is some confusion about a crock pot recipe… this has always been a recipe made in the oven.
I’m confused… This is “billed” on Facebook as a slow cooker Chex mix reacipe (http://budgetmeals.info/slow-cooker-chex-mix-recipe/) but when you follow that link and click the recipe title down the page a bit, it takes you to the oven recipe! I didn’t go through all comments, but I saw that “Steve” asked about the slow cooker too! This is obviously not a correct link, as at least some of us were looking for a slow cooker version!
Hmmm I have no idea what Facebook recipe you’re referring to, and I’m not familiar with the link you’ve shared. I apologize for any confusion, but I have never advertised this as a slow cooker recipe!
where does the slow cooker part come into play
Hi Steve, This is made in the oven, not the slow cooker.
This recipe comes in a far, way-back second to the original Chex Mix recipe. Sometimes it’s hard to improve on perfect..and the original is perfect!
Made this last week! Delish! I will say I was in the 275F group, but I caught it before it burned. Perfect snack for the holiday driving trips! Here was my version: http://kitchendreamin.blogspot.com/2015/12/copy-cat-chex-mix.html
Thanks Brown Eye Baker for the temperature note! I’ve sent your page to everyone I know as this recipe really is the bomb. Merry Christmas to you as I put my second batch in the oven……
I made this Chex mix last night and oh my goodness was it amazing. Thank you so much for the recipe, will be sharing it with others and letting them know where I got it.
I kick it up a notch and use only almonds and cashews, replace pretzels with Snyder’s of Hanover honey mustard & onion pretzel pieces and add baby goldfish. I also add just a touch of liquid smoke to the butter mixture. And always cook at 250 for an hour so as not to burn.
For all those saying that your batch was burned — did you make a full batch or did you cut it in half? Just wondering if the amount of ingredients makes a difference on the level of heat required… I am making a full batch, but I’m scared to do it at 325 after all these comments, so I’m trying it around 275 instead.
I made a full batch. I spent extra money buying organic ingredients and/or gluten free ingredients so I was beyond frustrated to have this burn after 15 minutes. The second and consecutive batches were baked at 250 and it was perfect. The recipe itself is perfect! I really wish the blogger would have respect for readers and add a side note about the temperature. That’s the way to keep followers and get rave reviews.
I made Chex Mix following this recipe BUT modified it by cutting the dry ingredient amounts in half, and keeping the wet ingredient amounts the same. I baked it at around 315 degrees, for one hour stirring every 15 minutes – PERFECT!
Burned after 45 minutes in the oven. My four year old and I are very disappointed after all our efforts and wasted $$. We should have followed the recipe on the Chex website instead. I believe 250 degrees would have been perfect. If your not going to change the recipe above, perhaps a warning to others about varying oven temperatures would be helpful. :(
i just made my own chex mix then began searching the web for other variations! this looks interesting, i never knew it was a thing for people to make, ive just always loved it!
I’m SO ticked off! My oven runs at a perfect temperature as my husband is a repair man and makes sure it works perfectly. My expensive batch of Chex Mix was burning after 20 minutes!!! What a complete waste of time and money. The recipe should be changed or at least a side note added that 250 is a suitable cooking temperature. The worst thing that could happen at that temp is it might take a little longer to cook.
Mine burned, or rather, charred 30 minutes in. I was so looking forward to this. It was smelling so good! I don’t understand what happened. :(
325 totally burned this recipe and I took it out twenty min early! Others have said the same thing. Why don’t you change the recipe above to reflect the cutest temp of 250???? It’s your responsibility!
Beverly, I haven’t changed the recipe because I’ve made this at least a dozen times at the temperature stated in the recipe and it has never burned. I’ve received comments from many others who have made it as written and not had a problem with it burning. It’s not uncommon, however, for ovens to run hot, so I would recommend an oven thermometer to ensure yours is at the correct temperature. Make sure that you are stirring it intermittently, as well.
I love making my own chex mix. I can never remember the oven temp, so I thank you for that. Can you believe there are recipes out there to make this in the microwave? What kind of nonsense is that? Half the joy of this recipe is smelling it from the oven as you stir it!!!
325 burnt my batch to a black crisp. I’m gonna try 250 next time.
Yes, 325 is way too high. I have done it at 250 for years with never a problem. I tried this recipe at 325, thinking maybe the higher temp would somehow enhance it, but nope–it is just plain burned in both appearance and taste. Very burned. This is the first recipe from this site I’ve gotten anything less than stellar results from. Sorry, but I’m going back to 250 degrees!
I am making this as I type. Have 15 minutes left, just checked and it’s cooking perfectly. Not sure how people are burning this with in the first 15 mins. Made this for years growing up, never had an issue. I’m very excited, this is one of my favorite snacks. I am pregnant and can’t keep much down and a lot of foods are not appealing, but I’ve been craving this!
Back in the day there was only homemade chex mix! The bagged stuff came after when we got too busy/lazy to make it. But the homemade was always the best.
I’m really bummed. It was my first time making this and it burned. I don’t know what kind of oven you have but 325 degrees for an hour burned mine. Then, I searched other recipes and every other recipe I found said bake it at 250 degrees. I just dumped my batch in the trash. Money down the drain. I wish I had searched more first.
I’ve made chex mix before and it turnedout perfect, but I couldn’t remember the oven temp. I should’ve looked at the comments on this recipe beforehand because 325 is way too high! I ended up having to lower it half way through but the mix was ruined. Total waste and super bummed. 250 would probably be perfect as someone else suggested. Trial and error I guess:(
325 is WAY TOO HIGH for this recipe. Mine was burned to a crisp in the first 15 minutes. Huge waste of time and money.
It’s like turkey…why do we only make turkey at Thanksgiving? Why do we only make Chex Mix at Christmas? No idea! But it’s sure good. The secret ingredient that makes it great is 2 T Beau Monde. Hard to find, but makes all the difference.
Both of my grandmother’s made chex mix all the time. It was called “Scramble” on the recipe card. The recipe I make uses oil, so I’ll have to try it using butter! I like that you added cheerios- my other grandmother ALWAYS put it in hers. She grew up in McMurray, PA- so maybe a regional thing? Pretty sure she used butter in her recipe too- I just don’t have a copy of that one. Looking forward to trying yours! Thanks :)
It’s funny, I love Muddy Buddies when I make them, but I picked up a bag at the store and was soooooo disappointed. I can’t wait to try this because I know I’ll love it and be addicted in no time.
Hope I have saved a recipe that a dear friend gave me many years ago. My son will not eat pretzels so have to leave those out. Think this recipe had some hot sauce in it. I do buy store brand Chex. It has always been just as good as the name brand.
Chex mix isn’t a holiday item for me either. My husband and son eat it year ’round. I try to make a batch every few months. You mentioned cheese crackers. I use goldfish.
From Tennessee, we always called it nuts and bolts too. This will freeze well too. It really should be a year round thing. Blows the store brought stuff away. I mix it all in a two gallon plastic bag and use less butter. Every piece gets coated with the good stuff.
I’m so glad you make it in the oven. I hate it made in the microwave. I make it for Christmas every year. I make the original and two special ones for my daughter, one that is wheat chexs only and the pumpkin pie recipe. Yum!!!
Chex Mix is a year round snack at our house. My normal recipe makes 3 batches in order to use up all the boxes of cereal. Each batch fills a gallon bag and the extras go in the freezer if not needed right then. It freezes beautifully and doesn’t even have to be thawed to consume! My recipe uses 2 cups of mixed nuts & 1 cup of cashews. Sesame sticks are a great addition too. I usually make it in the microwave cooking a total of 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. You have to be careful and experiment making it in the microwave as I’ve tried making it in friend’s microwaves and it wants to burn. I have an Amana Radarange (1100 W).
Wow, love it! Chex Mix got me through so many late-night study sessions back in the day! I’ll have to make this for nostalgia’s sake!
This is great idea for homemade chex mix:) Love it!
We call them Nuts & Bolts and we add mixed nuts, Bugles and mini cheese crackers to them! So good! And kids love them too!
Chex mix is a family affair in our home as well! My aunt wins out every time (because she makes hers with bacon grease. shhhhhh. I definitely was better off before I found out THAT piece of info, lol)
BACON GREASE! That’s an amazing switch up! I will try that for sure. Thank you for telling the secret.
The ability to make Chex Mix your own is such a great selling point for making it instead of purchasing. Ours continues to evolve, but it comes out during football season and lasts through the holidays for us. I make it for my dad with only cashews – he calls it the ‘Caddilac of Chex Mix’. :-) I like your Cheetos idea.
I haven’t made my own Chex mix in AGES. My favorite is the little pumpernickel bagel chips, so I’d definitely need to ad some of those :)
Oh my…I love Chex Mix. I remember growing up, my Nana always made it and it was out for everyone from Thanksgiving though Christmas. I have her jar that she used to keep the mix in and still to this day only use it for my Chex Mix, I also use her recipe. I bake mine at 250 degrees for an hour. My daughter and granddaughters get so excited when they come over and see the jar full….
I love chex mix and make it frequently. My favorite blend includes honey roasted peanuts in addition to mixed nuts. I also add the garlic rye chips but no pretzels.
I make this all the time. My Mom always did too. If I make a batch it’s gone in a day. My recipe is 250 degrees for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes and I just put in whatever I have around. I never liked the kind in a bag. I guess I was spoiled from the start!
325 degrees is way too high it will eventually over cook the mix to a burnt taste. 250 degree is what Chex recommends and a lot of other sites.
Ha. Well, that explains what happened. I just made this last night and within the first 15 mins they started to burn all around the edges. Definitely will try this again at 250.
Yeah, I did the same thing. This aspect of this otherwise great recipe should be corrected!! The ingredients are too expensive to have them scorch!
Agreed about not wanting all your ingredients to get scorched! A quick note on price, I noticed at Wal-Mart today (granted I’m in the southern part of the U.S., so their sales might be different elsewhere) that all the Chex cereals commonly used in homemade chex mix, as well as several other popular ingredients (like nuts), are on sale! Do like I did and grab a couple boxes of each while you can!
Anyway, love this recipe and this website (check out the chocolate ice cream recipe… it is TO DIE FOR!!!)! :-)
Just made this and followed the instructions exactly, the whole thing burnt to a dark brown and I had to throw everything away. What a waste of ingredients and money. There is no way she tested this recipe. 1 hour at 325 is way too long. After further research, most sites recommend microwaving for 5-6 minutes or baking at 300 for 10-15 minutes. It’s really irresponsible to post this recipe this way.
250 degrees,stirring every 15 minutes for an hour
I love chex mix, I’ll have to try this soon! It’s always more fun making things at home.
You are right….this should be made much more often than just for Christmas! I have an Aunt that makes it every year…my favorite part…she adds Corn Pops to hers…SO GOOD! They are sweet and spicy, salty at the same time! YUM! Thanks for the reminder that I need to make it!!
Love us some chex mix here on the coast of SC where we have a revolving door of guests we entertain regularly…a batch goes a long way! Your recipe is close to mine with the nuts but ours includes almonds and pecans too. I’ve also made it with Parkay spray (0 calorie and 0 fat they say) as a sub for all the butter, but let’s face it, butter makes it better! Lots of good cereal choices out there for add ins!
I love Chex Mix! I mean, who doesn’t :) It’s a good thing the recipe makes a big batch since I know this stuff is crazy addictive and batches don’t last too long, right :) pinned
This looks like something I’d love! Unfortunately, we dont have chex cereal over here :( could i try this with cornflakes?
Corn flakes probably won’t work. They will soften really easy and I don’t think you’ll get the crispness back. Chex are a square two sided piece of cereal with air in the middle. You would need something similar. Crispex is really close.
Unfortunately, I don’t think that Cornflakes would work, they would not be sturdy enough. If you have any rice or corn-based cereals that are sturdier, try those. You can Google Chex and Crispix and see if you can find anything similar.
Try it with a small batch. We make “party potatoes” for holidays that have cornflakes mixed with melted butter and seasonings on the top and they crisp back up just fine.
I love chex mix for gathering or for those uncalled for hunger pangs! Great looking recipe!
We always buy chex mix and end up picking out only the pieces we like. So, why the heck have we not made our own!! Well, that’s gonna change now, I love this!
I love that you put cashews in there. That’s one thing I wish Chex Mix actually had! Definitely making this for my summer roadtrip!
Nothing quite compares to homemade Chex Mix. It was something I looked forward to, every Christmas! My Grammy would make batch after batch! She’d make a huge tub for me! mmmmmmm……so good! She’d always tell me that I’d eventually have to learn to make it on my own, as she wouldn’t always be here. That time came this past Christmas :-(
My first two batches were a flop! Burned to a crisp. The next were pretty good! None the same as Grammys but it did the job.
I agree that it needs to be a year round treat. I have an aunt that makes a huge batch and stores them in mini mason jars to enjoy all year
Three cheers to Chex Mix!!!