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Classic Chex Mix Recipe

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This delicious snack is great to share with friends.

This delicious snack is great to share with friends.

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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. It's easy. It's inexpensive. And, it's 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 two hours' time, you can have a tasty, easy-to-make snack. It will keep for up to two 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

Cook Time for Classic Chex Mix

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 35 min

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

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!

How Much Do You Love Classic Chex Mix?

© 2009 Stephanie Marshall


Sofia Kenny on December 20, 2018:

First thing out of my kids mouths during the Christmas Season. Don't forget to make enough for us to take home!! Everyones favorite!

Becky Patterson on June 05, 2018:

I more than double the recipe as I use a box of each of the cereals and increased amounts of nuts and pretzels. I found alphabet shaped small pretzels that work well. The amount of Worcestershire sauce I use is 3/4 cup! If the nut mix I use contains Brazil nuts, I pick them out and cut them.

Joni on December 14, 2014:

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 :)

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 02, 2014:

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

Jadepumper on December 11, 2013:

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

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on January 07, 2011:

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

katydid on January 07, 2011:

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

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 24, 2010:

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

Helene on November 24, 2010:

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!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 15, 2010:

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

BobbiRant from New York on November 15, 2010:

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.

freelancewriterva on January 04, 2010:

Chex Mix are my favorite. Also, great hubpage.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on December 05, 2009:

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

Philipo from Nigeria on November 23, 2009:

Very nice.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 22, 2009:

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

LoveEarthAlways on November 22, 2009:

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

Nancy's Niche on November 21, 2009:

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

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