Real Original Chex Party Snack Mix

Chex Mix
The Spruce
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
204 Calories
13g Fat
20g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 204
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 408mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 162mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chex Party Mix is a classic snack that has been remade countless times over the years. This version is called "real original" because it is based on the recipe taken directly off the back of a 1950s Chex cereal box. The updated "original" Chex Mix recipe adds bite-sized pretzels, bagel chips, and introduces Corn Chex to the mix (that cereal was not released until 1958).

There is some contradiction as to which is the true "original" recipe, though there's little difference. In a 1952 magazine ad, another version skips the pretzels, combines equal parts of Rice and Wheat Chex, and uses less Worcestershire sauce, salt, and garlic salt. That mix also recommends butter while this cereal box recipe suggested margarine. As some people prefer the taste of butter, whichever you decide to use is entirely up to you.

The improvisation and versatility is the real genius of Chex Party Mix. That's why it has remained a favorite for so long, particularly around the holidays, with families passing on their own "secret" recipes. Every element is customizable and making it from scratch allows you to change this recipe to suit your taste and dietary needs. Skip the nuts, add other types of snack foods, reduce the salt, make it vegan or gluten-free, or give it a sweet or spicy spin.

Serve it with other snack mixes for a great spread at holiday parties or game nights. The salty, savory, crunchy combination is delicious and fills your kitchen with a familiar, inviting aroma. In fact, Chex Mix is so good that it rarely lasts long once the bowl is set on the table.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons seasoned salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 3 cups Wheat Chex square cereal

  • 2 cups Rice Chex square cereal

  • 1 1/2 cups nuts such as peanuts, pecans, or cashews

  • 1 1/2 cups small pretzel rods

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 275 F.

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  2. Melt the margarine or butter in a shallow pan over low heat. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and garlic salt. Don't use garlic powder as it changes the flavor profile and would be too strong.

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  3. Combine the Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, nuts (peanuts, pecans, or cashews), and pretzel rods in a large bowl and drizzle with the butter mixture. Carefully mix with a wooden spoon to avoid breaking the pretzels and cereal squares. Evenly coat all the pieces with the seasoned butter mixture.

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  4. Place the mix in a shallow baking pan with sides. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so to evenly toast the mixture.

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  5. Cool for at least 15 minutes and enjoy. 

    Chex Party Snack Mix Recipe
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Make Chex Party Mix in the Microwave

Since Chex Mix was first developed, microwaves have become an essential kitchen appliance, and they make this snack even quicker and easier. Combine the cereals, pretzels, and nuts in a large microwave-safe bowl. In the microwave, melt the butter in a smaller bowl for about 40 seconds uncovered, then stir in the seasonings. Pour the butter mix over the dry ingredients and microwave on the high setting for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Spread the snack mix onto paper towels to cool.

How Long Will Chex Mix Stay Fresh?

Chex Mix will keep well for a few weeks as long as it's stored in an airtight container and is properly sealed up every time someone grabs a handful. There's no need to refrigerate it. However, it really is better when fresh. Make it 1 to 3 days ahead of time for the best results.

Recipe Variations


  • Create a custom mix of Corn, Rice, and Wheat Chex in any proportion. Retain the recipe's total of 5 cups.
  • Mixed nuts are popular in the snack mix, though you can use peanuts, pecans, cashews, or any other type of nut alone.
  • Use unseasoned salt or reduce the salt if you prefer. The 1952 recipe uses just 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of garlic salt for 1/3 cup of butter, for instance. Other variations use equal parts of salt and garlic powder.
  • By the 1970s, many variations of Chex Mix had emerged. One interesting version from 1974 replaces the Worcestershire sauce with 2 1/2 teaspoons of soy sauce and uses 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt with 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder.
  • For a vegan version, use margarine or vegan butter and switch to a vegan Worcestershire sauce.
  • Gluten-free Chex Mix uses Rice Chex alone and switches to gluten-free versions of each ingredient.
  • To make a nut-free Chex Mix, use Wheat and Rice Chex and pretzels, but replace the peanuts with pepitas and sunflower seeds. Use the same coating sauce as in the original recipe.
  • Add cheese crackers or other bite-sized snacks, potato chips, or other cereals like Cheerios.
  • Toss some sweets into the mix by combining Rice, Wheat, and Chocolate Chex with chocolate-covered pretzels and mini sandwich cookies. Make a sauce with butter, caramel, and a pinch of salt to coat the dry ingredients. Once the cereal is well coated, add white and dark chocolate chips and mini peanut butter cups and marshmallows.
  • Turn up the heat with a spicy Chex Mix recipe that uses sriracha, cayenne, and hot cheese snacks.