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...

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


  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.


Most Helpful

This mix was outstanding. I think my bacon must've been a little fattier than some, because the first batch I made I could taste the bacon grease just a little stronger than I would have liked. The second batch I cut it back a little. On the second batch I also used Crispix instead of some of the Chex (ran out)I also accidentally used Honey Nut cheerios but I actually think the little bit of sweetness it added was really good and I might just do it this way intentionally next time, it made a really nice sweet and salty kind of combo.

Treenickel December 24, 2007

Oh my goodness this is really good. I made a double batch for us to take on vacation. We had both bag finished by the second day. I've made it couple more times since. This is the best chex mix I've ever had.

Cooking Mom of 7 April 19, 2011

We made this and I think it was gone within a day! We left out the sage and Tabasco sauce. It obviously wasn't missed seeing how fast is disappeared! A absolute must have for any holiday party!

It's Good to be Queen! December 26, 2009

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