Julie's Extra Special Holiday Chex Mix

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
1 hr

My mix is based on a recipe that my childhood best friend's mother, Mrs. Harper, had for Chex Mix. It became an annual ritual for me to call her to ask for the recipe yet again. :) This mix is so very, very yummy and decadent! Good thing I only make it once a year...

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • Seasoning mix

  • 1 lb bacon, slices (approx, up to 1/2 cup drippings) or 13 cup bacon drippings (approx, up to 1/2 cup drippings)
  • 12 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 teaspoon celery salt
  • 14 teaspoon ground sage
  • 12 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt, to taste
  • 4 dashes Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • The Dry Mix

  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup cashew pieces
  • 2 cups pretzels (whatever shape you prefer, but small ones are easier to handle)
  • 5 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 1 cup Wheat Chex
  • 2 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup cheese nips or 1 cup goldfish crackers

Directions

  1. Fry up the bacon until it's nice and crisp. Note: for those who've asked, 1 pound of bacon (in my experience) will yield between 1/3 to 1/2 cup of drippings. It depends on the bacon you use.
  2. Then place the cooked bacon in a container and reserve it for another use- it's the leftover drippings you're after!
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  4. Melt the butter and bacon drippings together in a saucepan, then stir in the seasonings to make a nice, buttery mix.
  5. In a very large bowl, combine the mix ingredients.
  6. Gradually stir in the buttery seasoning mix until the dry mix is evenly coated.
  7. Spread on cookie sheets and bake for 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes.
  8. Spread on paper towels to cool.
  9. Store in airtight container.
  10. Makes about 14 cups Chex mix snack.