Classic Chex Mix Recipe

Updated on October 25, 2017
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From October through March each year, I make classic Chex Mix almost every weekend. It's a great snack - perfect for the holidays, for the Super Bowl, and all the gatherings in between.

Yes, I know that many grocery stores carry pre-made Chex Mix on the shelves. But trust me - there is nothing that can compare to your own homemade version. Its easy. Its inexpensive. And its the best tasting treat you can offer your family and guests. The recipe I use is one handed down from my grandmother and my mom. It differs slightly from the ones you might find on the side of the cereal boxes. And I would say - in a good way!

Like any recipe, you can adjust this one to your own tastes. Don't like nuts? Then replace them with bagel chips. Pretzels not your thing? Not a problem... just take them out.

When you make this classic Chex Mix recipe, your entire kitchen will be filled with the delicious smells of home-baked goodness. In 2 hours' time, you can have a tasty, easy-to-make snack. It will keep for up to 2 months in a sealed Tupperware container (but your supply probably won't last that long!)

Classic Chex Mix should be in your party bowl
Classic Chex Mix should be in your party bowl | Source

Cook Time for Classic Chex Mix

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 35 min
Yields: 15 cups

Classic Chex Mix Recipe

Here is the official "Burleson-Marshall" chex mix recipe (straight from the dog-eared page recipe book). Write it down, or print it out. Or, just save it to your favorites. You'll want to come back time and again.


  • 3 cups wheat chex cereal
  • 3 cups corn chex cereal
  • 3 cups rice chex cereal
  • 3 cups Cheerios cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzel sticks (use twists or squares for an alternative)
  • 1 cup mixed nuts - salted
  • 6 T. butter
  • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 T. garlic powder
  • 1/2 T. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 t. salt

Serve some classic chex mix
Serve some classic chex mix | Source

Directions for Making Chex Mix

Heat the oven to 250 degrees.

In a large roasting pan, melt the butter in the oven. Add other seasoning ingredients and stir well.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together all the cereal, the pretzels and the nuts. Pour into the roasting pan and stir to coat.

Bake at 250 degrees for 1 1/4 hours. Stirring every 15 minutes (I set the timer for 15 minutes each time).

Remove from oven and allow to cool about 15-20 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container (tupperware works great).

Classic Chex Mix will keep for 4-6 weeks, as long as you re-seal each time.

The Classic Chex Mix recipe is a great accompaniment to sandwiches, or just on its own. Of course, there are sweet alternatives to this savory snack recipe, but I prefer the original myself!

If you have made chex mix, I'd love to hear from you about your own recipe! What tweaks have you made? Do you prefer salty or sweet?

In the meantime... Happy Holidays and Happy sports-watching!

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3.8 stars from 27 ratings of Classic Chex Mix Recipe

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      Joni 3 years ago

      I love oven roasted chex mix. Yummm!

      My tweaked out version is

      3 cups rice chex

      3 cups corn chex

      1 cup dry roasted peanuts

      1 cup broken in half pretzel sticks

      1 cup mini cheez-its

      1 cup mini ritz crackers

      1 cup garlic Melba toast broken

      1 cup sesame sticks

      The topping I keep to the original. It's so grubbin :)

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Yum! I have requests for Chex Mix just about everywhere we visit. I love it!! Nice article!

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      Jadepumper 4 years ago

      My family never cared for the pretzels until I changed to pretzel fishes (pepperidge farm). Yumm

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      mmmmm - I love Cheezit crackers! Great addition to the classic Chex Mix recipe

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      katydid 7 years ago

      I replaced the Cheerios with Cheezit crackers. Mmmmm, roasty little crackers.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      We used to call it Nuts and Bolts too! Happy Holidays...

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      Helene 7 years ago

      I just copied it down. This recipe looks just like the chex mix I used to have every Christmas as a kid only we called it "nuts and bolts" :) I'll have to try it for sure this Christmas!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Bobbi - Personally I think that homemade Chex Mix tastes much better than the bagged variety! The smells really are delicious, aren't they? Cheers, Steph

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      I know you can buy this all done in bags now, but I loved making this as a kid and making it and the wonderful smells were the most fun. Thanks for some great memories.

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      freelancewriterva 8 years ago

      Chex Mix are my favorite. Also, great hubpage.

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Sounds tasty, and a bit healthier than some snacks. Thanks.

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Very nice.

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Chex Mix is a favorite party mix at our home, indeed. For football season and holiday parties both! Enjoy, Nancy's Niche and LoveEarthAlways. :)

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      LoveEarthAlways 8 years ago

      Oh, my! Who doesn't remember growing up with chex mix at holiday parties? A snack that everyone (including kids) loves!

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      This sounds so tasty and crunchy---I love it! Thanks for sharing now football season will be even better.