I can't imagine an occasion when casual refreshments are being served that wouldn't be suited for a big batch of Party Snack Mix. It's the kind of snack that everybody loves eating by the handful. It's filled with Chex cereal, pretzels, Bugles, crackers, cheese curls and peanuts all coated in a seasoned buttery sauce. Roasting turns it into a handheld treasure snack fans love to devour.
Where Did Party Mix Originate?
The cereal used in Party mix better known as Chex Mix, has been around since the 1930's. While there are several theories in culinary circles about the origin of this snack, party mix is most likely the result of a desire to market cereal for uses other than eating it in a bowl with milk. The original wheat Chex cereal introduced in the mid 1930's, had a texture more like shredded wheat. That recipe was changed in the early 1950's to a more crunchy texture like we're used to today. Subsequently, Rice Chex was introduced to the market and the recipe for Chex Mix was published on the box. So party mix has been around a very long time and enjoyed by generations of snack eaters.
Changing and Personalizing Party Snack Mix
While Bugles aren't necessarily a classic ingredient it's a staple addition to our family's party mix. Bugles were always in my Grandma's kitchen waiting for us to enjoy when we visited and they hold a nostalgic place in my heart. That said, you could substitute another cereal such as Cheerios or you could add popcorn if you like.There's also flexibility to utilize different flavors of crackers. Wasabi peas are a fun spicy addition as well as bite-sized crisp breads and bagel chips for crunch. If cashews or walnuts are your thing, use them in place of the peanuts in the same amount. If the word "party" is in the title you have full reign to turn this snack mix into something fun to eat.
Other Party Food Snacks You May Like
Another one of our favorite snacks are these Ranch Seasoned Oyster Crackers and White Chocolate Snack Mix during the holiday season. Other delicious variations to try are Wasabi Snack Mix from Better Homes and Gardens and Italian Herb Snack Mix. If you'd like to try a sweet recipe using cereal, see my No Bake S'mores Bars on Parade here.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Party Snack Mix
- 3 cups square corn cereal i.e. Chex or Crispix
- 3 cups square wheat cereal
- 3 cus square rice cereal
- 3 cups Cheetos or similar
- 3 cups Bugles
- 2 cups small pretzel twists
- 2 cups small square cheese crackers
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 1 cup butter
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp seasoned salt
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dark chili powder
- 1 tsp smoke paprika
- ¼ tsp gound cumin
- few dashed hot sauce (to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 250°F. Directly on the pan or in an x-large mixing bowl, mix together cereals, Cheetos, Bugles, pretzels and peanuts until evenly distributed. Spread evenly on an x-large baking pan or 2 large baking pans.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter with seasonings. Add hot sauce to your taste. Stir or whisk until seasonings have dissolved. Pour over party mix and gently stir.
- Place into the oven and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, stopping to stir every 15 minutes.
- Spread on parchment paper to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.