Real Original Chex Party Snack Mix

Chex Mix
The Spruce
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
172 Calories
12g Fat
9g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 172
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 324mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 8g
Calcium 45mg 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.)

This version of Chex Party Mix is called "real original" because it is based on the recipe taken directly off the back of a 1950s Chex cereal box. The updated, modern-day Chex Mix recipe contains pretzels and bagel chips.

The original recipe suggests using margarine instead of butter. As some people prefer the taste of butter, it's an acceptable substitute for the margarine. Whichever you decide to use is entirely up to you. Considering all the other ingredients are vegan, if you use margarine or vegan butter, you'll be making a vegan-friendly treat that would be most welcome at parties.

Serve it with other snack mixes for a great spread at holiday parties or game nights. The combination of peanuts, pretzels, and crisp cereal squares in a seasoned butter or margarine sauce is really delicious, and also a great chaser to a cold beer. Store your mix in an airtight container for up to three days, if it lasts that long!


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  • 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 (peanuts, pecans, or cashews)
  • 1 1/2 cups small pretzel rods

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 275 F.

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Cool for at least 15 minutes and enjoy! 

    Chex Party Snack Mix Recipe
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Make Your Own Mix

Change this recipe to suit your taste and dietary needs. Add other types of nuts or snack foods:

Gluten-Free: Use Rice Chex only, gluten-free pretzels, and nuts. Since the Worcestershire sauce has gluten, replace with gluten-free tamari or Bragg's liquid aminos. Add potato chips or any other salty gluten-free cereal or snack.

Nut-Free: 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.

Everything-Mix: If there are no restrictions, go crazy. Add cheese Combos, mixed nuts, potato chips, pretzels, cheese crackers, Goldfish, Corn Chex, or Cheerios.

All-Sweet-Mix: Use Rice and Wheat Chex, Chocolate Chex, chocolate-covered pretzels, white and dark chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, mini Oreo cookies, and Reese's Peanut-Butter Cups. Make a sauce with butter, caramel and a pinch of salt to coat the dry cereal, cookies, and pretzels. Once the cereal is well coated add the chocolate chips, Reese's Cups, and marshmallows.