Savory Real Original Chex Party Snack Mix Recipe

Chex Mix
The Spruce
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 16 Portions (16 Servings)
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This is called 'Real Original' because it is based on the recipe taken directly off the back of a 1950s Chex Mix cereal box. A more complicated updated Chex Mix recipe contains pretzels and bagel chips.

It is thought that margarine is in the original, not butter. Some say the mix tastes better with margarine and some prefer butter, but it's your choice!

This classic snack mix will be welcomed at any party. Serve it with other snack mixes for a great spread. The combination of peanuts, pretzels, and crisp cereal squares in a seasoned butter (or margarine) sauce is really delicious. Store it in an airtight container up to three days, if it lasts that long!

Of course, you can change this recipe to suit your tastes. Add other types of nuts or snack foods. Potato sticks would be a great addition, as would pecans halves or cashews. You could even add some small cheese crackers to the mix. Enjoy every bite.

What You'll Need

  • 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 peanuts
  • 1-1/2 cups small pretzel rods

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 F.
  2. Melt the butter in a shallow pan over low heat. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and garlic salt (don't use garlic powder).
  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. Mix with a large spoon until all of the pieces are evenly coated with the seasoned butter mixture.
  1. Place the mixture in a shallow baking pan with sides. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so the mix is evenly toasted. Cool...enjoy! 
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 172
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 13 mg
Sodium 324 mg
Carbohydrates 9 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 8 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)