[twitter]“OMG! Chex Mix!,” my wife exclaimed, clapping her hands as I unloaded the latest box from Life Made Delicious. “The one with the Worcestershire sauce! My mom used to make that all the time in the 70s.”

Yes, Christmas is the time for family recipes. I will break out my grandmother’s tortiere, turkey, and stuffing recipes. I will make a Ukranian feast with the familiar borscht and cabbage rolls my wife grew up with and I dug up the original Chex Mix recipe so we will make this glorious 1970s masterpiece: 

Original Chex Mix Recipe


9 cups (2.25 L) Rice Chex* cereal
1 cup (250 mL) mixed nuts
1 cup (250 mL) bite-size pretzels
1 cup (250 mL) garlic-flavour bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
6 tbsp (90 mL) butter or margarine
2 tbsp (30 mL) Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) seasoned salt
3/4 tsp (3 mL) garlic powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) onion powder


In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted.

Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.

Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

Special Touch: Make enough of this favourite mix to package up as gifts for special friends. It is so good and always a welcome surprise!

Heat oven to 250F.

In large bowl, mix cereal, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven.

Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container

Image via Steve Johnson on Flickr

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