I want you to know that I know that this is aggressive. We’re taking humble Chex Mix and kicking it into high gear… and then we’re naming it after Wayne’s World. (And then we’re buying a gun rack) (That’s a Wayne’s World joke. I don’t own a gun let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack.) (That was another Wayne’s World joke OK I’M DONE NOW MAYBE.)
I’m pretty low-maintenance in life (I bet that’s not true), but I’m pretty fancy high-maintenance when it comes to snacking. Snacks need to be crunchy, salty, spicy, sweet, earthy, cheesy, with doritos and pineapple? Too weird? Too specific? Too many adjectives? Well… throw doubt to the wind. It’s summer, call yo friends and pop on a bathing suit let’s party time, excellent.
Chex Cereal… like, all of them.
Corn Pops. Yes, another cereal but this one is sweet.
Pretzel twists, cheese crackers, wasabi peas, roasted almonds, doritos chips, dehydrated pineapple.
Are we crazy? Yes.
Let’s also add Furikake, a seaweed sesame topping. Perfect!
The classic Chex Mix topping is a combination of melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and seasoning salt. No apologies. Not even one.
Find the biggest bowl you have.
This is me assuming that if we’re going to all the trouble of buying eighteen boxes of cereal that we’re to make a big ass batch of snacks. Ok?
Ok, so find the biggest bowl you have even if that is a big stock pot that you boil large amounts of pasta in. Great.
Toss. Use your arms. I mean… at this point… why not?
The buttery sauce gets poured atop and the whole mixture is tossed.
Onto a baking sheet to go chill in the oven until toasted brown and just lightly crackling.
And furikake to top just before serving.
It’s savory, salty, sweet, and yes of course it’s over the top. The words ‘party time’ and ‘excellent’ are in the recipe title.
Look at us, LIVING!
Now I do want you to know that this recipe is pretty malleable. If there’s something you don’t particularly enjoy in this recipe… heck, leave it out! The base of Chex cereal is pretty important. The light texture of this cereal is an important base. Everything else cam come and go.
I’ve found that this snack mix lasts for several days (5, if you don’t scarf it all up!) when kept at room temperature.
It’s excellent. Happy Summer!Print
Party Time; Excellent! Snack Mix
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 45
- Total Time: 1 hour
For the mix
- 3 cups EACH Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Wheat Chex
- 4 cups Corn Pops
- 2 handfuls of pretzel twists
- handful of salty and roasted almonds
- 2 handfuls of cheese crackers
- 2 handfuls lightly crushed ranch Doritos, yes
- handful pf wasabi peas
- half a handful of dried pineapple or freeze dried pineapple, kinda finely chopped
- furikake, for topping generously after roasting
- fresh chives, for topping after roasting
For the sauce
- 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5–6 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 1/2 teaspoons season salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Place a rack in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl whisk together melted butter, olive oil, worchestershire, salt, garlic and onion powder.
- In a giant mega bowl toss together cereals and all of the ingredients up to and including the pineapple. Add the sauce and quick toss, trying to coat as much of the mix mixture in the sauce as you can.
- Spread is a single layer across two baking sheets and bake for about 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes or so. Remove. Allow to cool completely. Before serving sprinkle generously with furikake and fresh chives. Holy cow!
- Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
I have been making snack mix forever for my four kids and all of their friends, now that they are married adults and parents, I love these ideas to raise the bar, I am trying it today for our family beach trip!
Excellent snack mix that will be a cocktail staple at our cottage this summer. I also like that I got to buy and try a new – for me – food – Furikake. I wonder what would happen to it if you added it when you add the sauce before baking. That way it would stick better. For vegetarians, just substitute either vegan Worcestershire if you can get it or Maggi seasoning. Thanks for a great recipe!
this is a really erotic level of snack mix, and i’m HIGHLY upset that I need to make this hahaha *runs to kitchen*
I made this for a river float/camping trip over the 4th, and it was a HUGE hit. The corn pops are an amazing balance to the otherwise salty ingredients. Substitutions are easy (I replaced Doritos with plantain chips, peanuts for the almonds, and goldfish as the cheese crackers).
I’m clapping my hands atcha!
Sitting here in Toledo, Ohio eating Annie’s Organic “Cheddar Snack Mix” thinking about how to beef it up with this recipe while watching the video clip of Wayne’s World. Maybe it’s because I am also drinking sour cherry (from Michigan) margaritas, but I decided to include this link of Mike Meyers doing Wayne before SNL. You’re welcome.
Just made this for a pool party and it was a big hit, not surprisingly! I made a few substitutions and used some ingredients I already had – pepitas for almonds, sesame sticks for wasabi peas, purple (sweet chili?) instead of cool ranch, and garlic scapes for chives. It was def a parti mix. Cheez-its + dried pineapple is now my new favorite combo of any foods ever. Thank you!!!! Can’t wait to do it again and even weirder.
Every time I make this, people stand & cheer. It goes with everything…white claw, margaritas, hot dogs. I can never leave well enough alone & have added at different times bagel chips, gold fish crackers, bugles, smoked almonds or different nuts. Everything is welcome, everything works together. It’s a damn utopia in a bowl. I serve it at the cookout with a scoop & paper cups.