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And it is Christmas Eve!!

Mom's Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix |

Personally, I am just a tad sad.

My very favorite time of year if almost over and it seems like Thanksgiving was just yesterday. I think the month of December needs to be like a whole sixty days and not just thirty-one. Really, the Christmas holiday deserves a whole two months of celebration in my opinion.

Mom's Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix |

So this is the last of my mom’s recipes.

She only has a handful of recipes, and I’ve already shared three. Maybe next year I will share possibly one of my very favorite things she makes. We only have it once a year and it is amazing. And yes, it is totally all about chocolate and a little booze too. What? Yep, booze in Christmas desserts are a must.

Mom's Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix |

Right now though we are talkin’ Mom’s Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix. In our family, this too, is only made on Christmas Eve. You walk in the house, take a deep breath and you know right away it’s Christmas Eve at the Gerard’s. It’s one of the best smells ever.

I have to say, it was really weird making this before Christmas. It felt totally wrong and I will probably never do it again. Chex mix is a Christmas Eve only thing around here, and you better bet I will be making another double batch today.

Just gotta have that smell and something to munch on all night.

Mom's Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix |

So, Mom’s recipe is really not a secret, it is just smart.

Basically, she added more of the good stuff. You know, the stuff everybody always picks for. The pretzels, bagel chips and nuts. And then the most important thing she upped? The butter and seasonings. Yup, she is pretty smart.

Gotta have lots of butter on Christmas. Well, really just lots of everything good on Christmas!

Mom's Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix |

Also, Mom has always baked her chex mix in the oven.

Seriously, do not try to make this in the microwave. Eww, that is just not good. Go for the oven.

Nothing is better than chex mix baking in the oven, the Christmas music + movies going and people just about everywhere! Mom and I in the kitchen, the brothers hanging around eating, the brother’s friend joining them and the cousins telling stories and just plain making thing so much better!

Mom's Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix |

Mom’s Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 Cups
Calories Per Serving: 671 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
    2. In large bowl, mix the chex cereals, mixed nuts, pretzels and bagel chips. Set aside.
    3. Melt the butter in a bowl and mix in the worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and a good pinch of pepper. Pour the butter over the cereal mixture, tossing well for 3-5 minutes or until the cereal mixture is evenly coated.
    4. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes (or just start eating!!). Store in airtight container.

Mom's Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix |

Merry Christmas Eve!! It is my favorite night of the year!! 🙂

Oh, and I almost forgot to announce the winner of the KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway. First, can I just say I was BLOWN AWAY by the incredible comments you guys left. WOW! Pretty much every comment was not about a gift for you, it was about making your family happy, healthy and together for the holidays. I read every single comment and really, you guys that is what Christmas is about. Family, happiness and being together. I am simply in awe of all of  you! Ok and the winner is Kortnie Madison-King! Congrats!! Shoot me an email as soon as possible (like by Thursday night)!

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! this is good anytime of the year, I make this for camping trips and road trips! thank you for an awesome recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the only Chex Mix recipe I make. It’s so much better than what’s on the cereal box and everyone goes crazy for it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Berry,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed! ☀️xTieghan

    1. Hey Lisser,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  3. We always made this on Christmas Eve too!! And we added more of the good stuff also!! (I am laughing!) You are exactly right about the yummy smell- it’s the smell of the holidays for us! But we live it so much we began to make it a few more times. Now we make it all throughout the holiday season, because why not? Half the fun is making it! And we sketches even make it in HALLOWEEN. Gasp! I had one trick-or-treater say is that Chex mix I smell? Haha! Anyway, love your posts. Thanks so much!

  4. 4 stars
    Very nice! This also matches a tradition in my family. I don’t know if this is a COVID thing or if I’m just getting old, but I wanted to amp up the flavor a bit. I tried doubling everything except for the solid ingredients and the butter. Ate so much we had to skip dinner.

  5. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, my wife and daughter both liked it, which made me happy. Thanks for your recipe

  6. Happy New Year
    Does it make a difference in temperature and time when using a gas oven? Mine were a bit too dark for my liking when I baked it for the 1 hour at 250 degrees. Otherwise we loved it and didn’t last long.


    1. Hey Elke,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe, so sorry yours was too well done. Next time, just reduce your baking time to your liking. Please let me know if I can help in any other way! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kristen,
      I bake this directly on the baking sheet. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  7. So making Chex mix tonight and I googled Chex Mix because I couldn’t remember what exact temperature to put the oven on, but I know the recipe I use by heart. It was my Grandmothers, and I helped her make it for years. Her recipe was always the best and my family is also famous for Christmas Eve Chex Mix. Turns out it’s the same as this!! Double the butter and the spices from the recipe on the box is the key!!

  8. 5 stars
    This is the only chex mix recipe I use. It has the perfect amount of butter and seasoning which is key to perfection. Thank you!

  9. Thinking about making this for Christmas break modified to be gluten free so I can indulge too! This sounds delicious and I’m craving it now. Can I ask what kind of seasoning salt you use?

    1. Hey Sarah,
      I get my seasoning salt from Whole Foods. I hope you lock the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  10. Oh my gosh, my story sounds familiar! I only make my Chex mix during November and December! That being said, I end up making loads of it because it’s requested so much! I too add more of the good stuff ( I use Special request rye crisps by gardettos instead of garlic rounds.) Plus the addition of Cheese it’s. Everyone loves it and I must say that its dangerous to have around the house! Once I start eating it I usually have a hard time stopping! I’m a big lover of traditions so to hear about yours makes me happy!
    Merry Christmas!

  11. Oh my gosh! I crave this recipe and this recipes only every Christmas. It is the absolute most delicious best version of chex mix I have ever found. But of course I make substitutions…..LoL. Of the 8 cups of chex mix I use 6 cups of just wheat (I love the wheat!!!) I use a whole bag of garlic bagel chips, goldfish pretzels (because they are smaller) and then honey roasted peanuts and cashews. The spices, butter, and worcestershire sauce are spot on! Your mom is amazing and so are you.
    Merry Christmas Tieghan!

  12. 5 stars
    Wow,it looks delicious.I really love homemade dishes. Thank you for sharing. I will try to make this pickles for my family. I believe my family will like this very much. Love so much.

  13. 5 stars
    This is looking so delicious. You are really awesome and have amazing cooking skill. I enjoy all of you recipes. Thank you for sharing this article

  14. 5 stars
    I often think of cupcakes for Christmas, never try any Chex mix like this. It seems easy to make, maybe I try this weekend.
    Thanks for your recipe.

  15. Just wondering if you could clarify. Do you bake the mixture right in the cast iron pan? Or are you supposed to spread out on baking sheets?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey Monica,
      I spread the mixture out on baking sheets. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    Taught my g-daughter this recipe to teach her how to read a recipe and cook it. Came out delicious.
    Thanks, Tieghan!

  17. Hi Tieghan, this looks so delicious and the recipe which you have shared is so easy to make, I am surely making it this weekend and I am going to let you know how it turned out, How about if we add some M&Ms in it?

    1. Hey Ahmer,
      Sure you could certainly do that! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  18. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. We make this all the time for our camping trips and road trips! It is so easy and delicious. I use dots southwestern style pretzels, kicks the flavor up a little bit.

  19. 5 stars
    Looks great! The recipe is quite simple and easy to prepare, added to the menu for this weekend. Will try it and prepare for the coming Christmas season. Thanks and have a nice day!

  20. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan, thank you for sharing your mom’s Christmas chex mix recipe with us. I just made it this morning and I CANNOT stop snacking away at it. Super super yummy. I cannot wait to try the other chex mix recipes you have on your blog in the near future. 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    Great guide! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. Thank you.

  22. Made this for my husband and he loved it. I don’t even like chex mix and I could not stop eating it! Your mother is a genius!!

  23. 5 stars
    Love this recipe and make it all the time! I do a half recipe often but keep all seasonings the same (except reducing butter) to make it even more flavorful. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it’s definitely a favorite in our house!

  24. 5 stars
    Look yummy! One of my favorite Mom’s Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix, nice to see your recipe, easy to follow, will cook this for family this weekend. Thanks you!

  25. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe for chex mix for a few years now and it’s the best one I’ve found! It’s the only one I use. You’ve got the perfect amount of butter and seasoning which really makes it perfect! LOVE IT!!

    1. Wow yes! That is so amazing to hear, Angela! Thank you so much for trying this! I hope you continue to enjoy this and many others! xTieghan

  26. 5 stars
    i love your recipe and have made it several times over the past few years. I play around with it from time to time adding extras that are in our pantry. This batch I added roasted pepitas and spicy Cheez-its (In place of bagel chips… to save me a trip to the store) I added fresh ground black pepper and a dash or five of chili powder. Your recipe provides the best base for creative additions. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. HI Elaine, why don’t you try using unsalted butter next time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope this helps! Thank you!! xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    This is absolutely the best chex mix, I’ve ever made and eaten. I’ve been making chex mix for at least 35 years and this was super yummy! Increasing the butter, bagel chips, nuts and pretzels made the difference. I also increased the seasoning salt just a bit because I prefer more salt. I spread it in two roasting pans and it turned out perfectly. After it was cooked, I sprinkled just a tad more seasoning salt on it and then spread it out on paper towels. It is not soggy and so very crunchy and crisp. Thank you for sharing this!

  28. if this recipe matches the 1000 other identical recipes on the internet and you’re advertising it, what exactly is the secret?

    1. Hi Ted, if you read the blog post you will see that I call out all the differences and exactly what my mom does. She has double the spices and the butter amounts. Nothing major, but makes all the difference. If you look at other recipes online and compare you can also see the differences. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and I hope you had Merry Christmas! xTieghan

  29. 5 stars
    I make chex mix every year and I always use less of the cereal and add replacements such as bugles, teddy grams,and cheese crackers. Basically any snack they like better than the cereal. But I love the spice changes you suggested. They are eating it right out of the oven. I’m on the second batch!,

  30. This takes me back to my childhood. My Grandma made this around the holidays. I learned later that my great aunt used bacon grease for part of the butter! It adds great flavor, you just have to think ahead and save your bacon grease (my mother used to have a container of stored bacon grease growing up). Adding Tabasco is good, too. You can totally play with the recipe and cereals/mix to make it your own. Thank you for posting this. I’m going to add the ingredients to my shopping list. I think it’ll bring some much needed holiday cheer to the house!

    1. Haha I have heard it adds more flavor! I hope you and your family love this recipe Julie! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  31. This recipe turned out awesome! Just finished and our whole house smells amazing!

    Question: do you have a recommendation on a substitute for Worcestershire sauce? I have a friend that is allergic to seafood and can’t have it.

    1. HI! I always use salted butter but for this recipe either or will work well. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

    1. HI! Yes, you can keep in a sealed container for up to 1 week. I should still stay OK for longer, but for best taste enjoy within a week. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  32. 5 stars
    This was such a big hit in my office last year, I am making again this year! I make two versions – one with and one without nuts.

  33. The is the absolute yummiest Chex mix recipe I’ve ever had. I make it every Christmas. And is so delicious with a variety of additional munchies! It never lets me down. The salt, the flavors, the delicious Rich goodness! Thank you so much to you Teighan and your mom for publishing this recipe! Happy Holidays!

  34. 5 stars
    Can I replace worcestershire sauce with another one? Also, how should I choose rice, brown rice or white rice?

    1. HI! The sauce is kind of a key flavor here, but if you can’t use it, I recommend either just omitting it or replacing with LOW sodium soy sauce. For the Chex cereal, you should use a combo of rice Chex, corn Chex, and Wheat Chex. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hi Rimmy, the only way to fix is to add more of the dry mix. Just add more if the dry mix (so the cereals, nuts, etc.) until the Chex Mix taste good to you. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  35. 5 stars
    I love to cook and I’m always looking for new recipes for my menu, which makes me always interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, mom’s secret christmas eve chex mix recipe is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like it. Thanks for your sharing

  36. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I made it last chrismas for the 1st time! An i plan on making it every Christmas from here on out! I actually got some in the oven now lol! Going to watch some Halloween movies with the fam and snack on the chex mix 🙂

  37. This is great choice for Christmas eve, I make this sometime, but will try your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing the secret..

  38. it’s not letting me reply to my comment but wanted to clarify – i used 4.5 cups of each chex, not 1.5! Also, unsalted preanuts and salted pretzels ?

  39. I think I can make this and store for dessert, don’t need wait till Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  40. 4 stars
    Thanks so much for this! Made it once per the recipe exactly (except substituting something else for the pretzels cuz pretzels suck) but it was too buttery and salty for all of us, and we all love both haha.

    Made it again yesterday and cut out 1/3 of the butter (used one stick) and 1/4 of the Worcestershire sauce (used 3 tablespoons) and then also baked it for an extra 15 minutes, which really helped.

    Next time I’ll do the same thing, but will use unsalted butter. There’s enough salt from the seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce already.

  41. 5 stars
    I love this recipe because of the simplicity of processing and the available ingredients, which are easy to find. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  42. About to make your mom’s secret christmas eve chex mix. In the pics…it looks as though you tore up pieces of bread instead of bagel chips. Let me know what kind of bread and how much you used. Thanks SO much!

    1. HI! I use bagel chips, no bread! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you loved this recipe and had a great Christmas! Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

    1. HI! I spread the mix on a baking sheet and bake. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?


  44. 5 stars
    Thank you so much, this is the exact same recipe my Mom used to make. I lost my Mom a few years ago along with this recipe. It was always so good!
    .Thanks again and Merry Christmas Tieghan!

    1. I am so sorry to hear that, Amy. Merry Christmas to you as well. I am so glad this recipe reminds you of your Mother’s, that is so special!

  45. 5 stars
    Delicious!! I made this yesterday as a test before our family gathers for Thanksgiving…My husband and I cannot put it down! I can’t wait to share with the fam! This will certainly become a holiday tradition for us!

  46. 5 stars
    This recipe is right on!!! Perfect amount of spices that make the mix unbelievably delicious! Thanks for sharing….now onto the Snickerdoodle Peanut Butter Chocolate Chex mix recipe!!

  47. it’s not letting me reply to my comment but wanted to clarify – i used 4.5 cups of each chex, not 1.5! Also, unsalted preanuts and salted pretzels 🙂

  48. 5 stars
    Hi Teighan! I LOVED this recipe! I was nervous about making it after some of the the comments but I followed the proportions of the recipe exactly and it came out SO GOOD! I made it for my book club tomorrow night but just ate several handfuls right out of the pan…..;)

    If it helps anyone else, here’s what I did:
    1.5 cups rice Chex
    1.5 cups wheat Chex
    2 cups pretzels
    2 cups peanuts
    2 cups goldfish

    I also used salted butter instead of unsalted, positioned my oven racks in the top two shelves, and when I took them out to stir every 15 minutes I swapped oven positions of the sheet pans so they cooked evenly. All in all, this was a DELICOUS, super easy recipe I can’t wait to use again!!

    1. HI! Yes, I used salted pretzels and nuts. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! x Tieghan

  49. I’m a big fan of Chex mix and to simplify even more I bought 3 huge bags of the premade stuff at Costco recently for pennies on the dollar! Sooo, I went to the web searching for more, the sauce with the mostest..butter and spices and worcester, oh my! Your’s was the pick of choice. I added pastachios and Almonds to the pre-mix, and Voila! cheaper and better and done! Delicious! Thank you.

  50. Comments are saying how simple this version is when you are using 3 containers! I just melt my butter on the stove top in my deep roasting pan, add seasonings, give it a stir & add my cereals, subbing some Cheerios & broken pretzel sticks for some of the cereal, add nuts & broken bagel chips. Mix them all up well & throw it in the oven. Only one pan to wash & I NEVER cool it on paper towels & waste all that goodness! Much easier & tastier!

  51. In the oven now. Used 1 1/2 sticks of butter (one of your comments states that you corrected your ingredients to read 2 sticks). Melted the butter in the roasting pan in the oven then added all ingredients to it. Stirred and back in it went. Is cooking perfectly…not burning and not soaking. Smells DELICIOUS in here! Glad to have found your sight. Merry Christmas!

  52. I’m very confused… Your ingredients say 1 1/2 sticks of butter but your instructions say 2 1/2 so I’m honestly not sure which to use since people are complaining about too much butter?

    1. Hi Taylor, so sorry for the confusion. It is 1 1/2 sticks butter. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂

  53. I literally just made this chex mix recipe to bring to my family’s Christmas this weekend. And I must say, it is so good! I followed directions exactly, and I did not see how it was too much butter as some bakers are commenting. I really like the wheat chex and added an extra cup of that, and a few more pretzels, and I almost wish I hadn’t because all of the ingredients just soaked up the liquid. Very good and addicting! Thank you, for a recipe that is like what my grandmother used to make. Merry Christmas! ** The only way I may see if it was too much butter for some, is if they were using 2 and a half, or 3 sticks, of butter, or not enough chex mix pieces. This part in the directions was confusing to me at first instead of reading it as “two 1/2 sticks”, I read it as 2 & a 1/2 sticks — ” (I normally do the full 2 1/2 sticks) “.**

    1. I’m so glad you commented because I haven’t been able to figure out the butter thing for a good hour hahaha… But now that I understand how she meant the butter amount it still doesn’t add up… Did you use two 1/2 sticks like she states in the instructions part or 1 1/2 sticks like she listed in the ingredients section? Thanks for your help I’m making this tonight

      1. 5 stars
        Hi, SO sorry I didn’t get your reply comment sooner, I never got a notification 🙁
        I am making this recipe again tonight, and as I come back to the web page I see your comment.
        I used two half sticks of butter (1 cup total) previously, and will again tonight.
        Hope you made it and it turns out amazing!

  54. I love homemade Chex mix and definitely want to try this version! Do you put the Chex mix on a sheet pan into the oven or use a Dutch oven like pictured?

    1. I put the chex mix on a sheet pan. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂

  55. That is the exact recipe my mom used. She added 4 tablespoons of Tabasco.
    Gives it just enough kick in the background.

    Thanks for the memories.

    Russ Boyer

  56. My Brother Died Nov 17th I the only one left in my family ! I miss Christmas at my Parents Home with my Family so much ? So meny things my mother made ( from scratch ) for us ! Thanks for your Mother’s recipes !

  57. 5 stars
    My grandma always made her famous Chex mix around the holidays and this is pretty close to it! It’s bascially the same recipe on the side of the Chex cereal box, but more of the “extra” good stuff as she always said. The people who are complaining about too much butter are the people that don’t treat themselves once and a while. Of course it’s bad for you but there is a reason this is only made around Thanksgiving and Christmas! If it’s too soggy for you then just leave it in the oven for a while longer. Super super delicious and I thank you for this recipe!

    1. It is 2 sticks. recipe is fixed. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thank you! 🙂

  58. 5 stars
    In looking for a good chex recipe. After a few failed attempts, I’m trying this! You had me at “adding more butter & seasonings” 😉 I do have a question tho, do you bake it in your Dutch oven?

    1. I don’t normally bake it in my dutch oven, but just used it to mix everything up. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love this recipe! 🙂

      1. Made this last night and! It’s so good. I bookmarked it & no longer need to try for the perfect check. I followed the directions just as you stated and I have no idea why some say it turned out soggy. Mine actually burnt a teeny bit but that’s how we like it. Thank you so much!!!!!

  59. I read through most of the comments and am excited to try a batch of this as my family has been on a Chex mix kick lately. However, I do have a question regarding the salt/sodium. I have a major salt sensitivity and wonder how salty this turns out with this mix of season salt and worchesshire sauce. Do you have an idea on how to adjust the seasonings without it coming out bland? I like cooking and trying new recipes but I admit I’m timid about experimenting (I’ve had some MAJOR fails over the years) if not given explicit instructions to follow. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks for posting this recipe!

    1. Hey Lisa! I would reduce the amount of seasoned salt to 1 or 1 1/2 teaspoons. You can always add more salt if you feel it is needed. Hope this helps and let me know if you have other questions. Enjoy!

  60. I have two small children with autism it is very hard to find things they like! We don’t buy chips, but since they are still on the WIC program we get so much cereal we don’t know what to do with! They like store bought Chex mix and so tonight at midnight I’ve prepped 3 batches of your moms recipe and hope to have some snack bags for diaper bag and car ready to go! Thanks!

  61. Thanks for saying how much butter 1 stick is. I have been in England 30 years and cannot remember what a stick of butter is in real terms!
    I have been making a version (lateral thinking from something my mom sent that is Not the real stuff she used to make) from what I get here and always up the butter because it doesn’t seem enough. So, thank you for confirmation.
    No Chex except wheat, unless you go to a posh store somewhere. So, I use the store brand wheat Shreddies or whatever they chose to call them. Very good because they are thick. and I put in honey nut loops (store brand honey Cheerios) because I usually can’t find pretzels. The kind I grew up with had pretzels, not bagels. So, anyway…up the nuts and with those two cereals still pretty good.
    Just came on here to remind myself how much the original called for in things as I can’t find the recipe mom sent that was new-fangled.

  62. Hi, I tried this recipe but there was waaay too much butter. The cereal wouldn’t crisp properly and everything was very oily. If you make this recipe I suggest you halve the butter called for.

    1. Hi Courtney! So sorry this did not turn out too great for you. I hope you make this again, with half the butter and love it. Thanks!

  63. Horrible recipe!!! DO NOT USE 2 STICKS OF BUTTER FOR CHEX MIX! Melt the butter & drink it instead!

    Seriously, most recipes call for 6 tablespoons of butter. Try another one!

  64. Great recipe!!!~~~not crazy about pretzels tho so left them out. Used lots of thick garlic toast from the deli section broken up and added some honey nut chex. Made batches of it and gave away at Christmas. My shopping cart was full. Fun day at mom’s. Wasn’t quite sure about the amount of butter but used all of it in recipe and it was super great!! Honey nut chex was a nice addition. I loved the sweet crunchy taste.

    1. Thanks Cindy! Leaving the pretzels out is no biggie! Sounds like an amazing day! Couldn’t be happier that you liked it!

  65. Great recipe. I have to tell you, I have used the microwave for the last few years and it is so much faster and easier; and absolutely no sacrifice in quality! Everybody loves it!

    1. No, but you will need to use 3-4 pans. It is important not to over crowd the pans. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this and Merry Christmas!

      1. I tripled the recipe, baked it all in one pan (I used my big silver roasting pan) and let it cool in the same pan. It worked out perfect. I ended up making a 2nd batch because people loved it so much.

        The cereal combo I used was shreddies, cheerios and chex. Tasted great !!!

  66. Mine came out burnt, unfortunately, but I’m going to try again and just cook either on a lower temp or less time because, otherwise, it came out great!

  67. So much of that butter was wasted….. when I got the chexmix out to cool it was just left in the bottoms of the pans. Half would have been sufficient. That being said, I added a few things not listed here and i was a hit…I just need to buy another stick of butter to make more 😐

  68. Frustrated with this recipe…used less butter, (because I don’t want soggy chex mix) and your temperature for baking? Way off! I had to stir mine after 5 minutes of baking and it was already burning! I’ve turned down my oven now to 200°, but I think this batch is too late to fix. Wasted food & money ?

    1. I was frustrated too. I even added some buffalo wing sauce and it was still bland and flavorless. If I make it again I will use less butter and double the seasonings.

    2. Hey Lynette, I am really sorry this recipe is not for you. My family truly loves it, but again. I am sorry it did not work out for you.

    3. Lynette, you may be leaving out the most crucial step in this process. COOLING on a blanket of paper towels! The chex retain their heat, and any left over moisture evaporates, the flavor dries to the Chex, and Voila!! I did however lower the about of butter I used to 2 sticks, increased my worcester by 1-2 TBLS (because I love it) and rounded the seasonings up to whole numbers just to remember it easier!

      In my opinion the point of looking for recipes like this is to try them and use them as a base for your own taste. I made this once exactly as instructed, then the second time I tweaked it a little bit and made it my own.

      The original post is a great platform. Having said all that, this is the perfect foundation for ANY chex mix, what you do with it from here is ALLLLLL up to you and your tastebuds!!

  69. Making Christmas gifts ,putting into containers with a bow.I give these to my neighbors and my mailman.Already wrote down ingredients for grocery tomorrow.
    Thanks somuch and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


    1. HI Margaret! I am sorry, I have not posted that. Maybe later this month, but I might hold onto her recipe for a bit. If you want to email me I can send it to you!

  70. My uncle used to make Chex mix every year during the holidays so when I saw a packet of “Free, take one!” seasoning mix at the grocery store, I grabbed it! It’s in the oven right now and I knew before even putting it in there that it wasn’t going to be what I remembered. So off to the interwebz I went and found your recipe. Guess what’s going on the oven next?!? I knew that packet recipe didn’t have enough butter… or seasoning! Thank you for posting (3 years ago!) and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  71. I am SO glad I found this recipe! I went searching and the one on the Chex site said mix in the microwave and all I could think was ‘If I did that my grandmother would roll in her grave’! I get that all these companies think we want “quick-n-easy”…..but the holidays are NOT about that! The time it takes to make this is what makes it so good!! I cannot wait to share this with my 3 sons, it will be to first time they’ve had it and I hope to make it a tradition of ours, like it was for me when I was young! Thank you!!!!

    1. Hi Kevin!! SO happy you made this Chex mix!! Its seriously my family’s favorite too!! So happy you loved it and I hope your kids do too!! Thanks so much!!

  72. This recipe looks amazing. I’ve read through the comments and I am going to print this one off 🙂 I am going to make some chex mix for my Gilmore Girls revival watching next weekend 🙂 and some to bring to work. So can’t wait !!! and bagel chips????? This is pure genius.

    I am go glad I came across this thread 🙂 thank you

  73. It’s funny, because pretzels are considered the not-so-good stuff at my house… They never seem to soak up enough flavor! Otherwise, your mom and I have the same secret recipe! I always double (or even triple!) the butter and spices! It’s so bland if you follow the recipe. This one is a Christmas tradition around my family get-togethers too!

  74. I just made this and had my doubts that it would get crispy. However, being more patient, I let it bake for the suggested time and it is crispy, buttery and WONDERFUL! Thanks for this great snack recipe.

  75. late to the party but looking at this for a large gathering this weekend…do you know how long this would stay fresh in an airtight container? I want to bake ahead of time but don’t want to sacrifice the awesomeness. thanks!

  76. Tieghan, your mom’s secret recipe has become a family favorite .. soon to be a tradition! I’ve baked this chex mix numerous times over the past year (I know, a sacrilege from your Christmas Eve tradition) because family and friends keep asking me to bring a bowl! Yesterday it was on my Thanksgiving tasting table and because of the ratio, people take spoonfuls rather than ‘picking through’ the mix. Hazelnuts, almonds, and Planter’s honey roasted peanuts are my favorite ‘mixed nuts’. Best to your mom!

  77. Tieghan – I see that this string is almost two years old but I just came across the recipe today (June, 2015). The recipe looks delicious – I love the idea of adding more of the good stuff. I am anxious to try it to bring to the cottage for our family vacation.
    One thing, though…I was surprised no one has let you know that in your instructions it says 2 1/1 sticks of butter (instead of 2 1/2) and there is no mention of adding the Worcestershire sauce. Just thought you might like to know. Thx.

    1. Hey Barb!!

      Thanks for letting me know about those mistakes, I will fix them. Also, I hope you all love the chex mix!

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  79. I’m so glad I found this recipe. This was a holiday staple in my home as a child and never really knew how my mom made it. All I know is that I loved it. Will be making this as a weekend snack for movies as well as the holidays!

  80. Just made this in time to watch Super Bowl 49. The recipe is perfect as written. Thank you for posting this recipe.

    1. Yes it was way to much butter. Mine didn’t turn out 🙁 The original recipe for chex mix only calls for 6 tbsp. I wish i would have seen your comment. Wasted food 🙁

      1. 1 star
        I was so looking forward to this! Unfortunately there was sooooooo much butter that it all turned out soggy. Why so much butter!? Honestly, my fault for not halving it when I saw it. The rest is great I would suggest half of what is called for with the butter at the very most. I now will start all over with the leftover cereal.

        1. Hi!
          I am so sorry the first batch turned out too soggy for you! I hope the next one turns out great! Thank you!

  81. I make this all the time with just rice chex (that’s the only thing I ever go for in the store bought version lol!) My mom also used to make this around Christmas but I have taken to making it quite frequently. My mom used to make it in the oven but I actually make it in the microwave. Not only is it much quicker, but, call me strange, but I actually really like the pieces that get kind of soft haha! Every time I’ve made it in the oven it’s almost TOO crunchy and it tastes slightly burnt. I am in Colorado though so the altitude could have something to do with it (cooking here can often be a pain in the you know where!)

  82. The bagel chips are my favorite part of Chex Mix so I just love this. Wish I was snacking on some right now!

  83. Thanks for sharing your mom’s secret recipe! I will be trying this chex mix recipe for new years.

  84. It’s New Year Day mix in my family–my mother always made a lovely batch, and we would eat it while watching the Rose Parade (and Rose Bowl), so Chex Mix has good associations for me, also! This looks like a good one (a couple years ago, I rounded up a variety of recipes, but I think classic is best). Going to print this, and think I better add you to my blog feed!

  85. Merry Christmas Tieghan! This mix sounds delicious! And so does your Monkey bread you posted yesterday (I think!) I’ve never cooked a mix like this in the oven, I bet it makes it nice and crispy/crunchy!

  86. This looks SO good and reminds me of making chez mix with my grandparents when I was a kid. We always added extra butter and spices, too!

    Merry Christmas!

  87. Thank goodness for simple, delicious recipes like this! And it’s super special since it’s from Mom 🙂

  88. Oh I love the idea of 60 days in December! Christmas really does need 2 months of celebrating! I love homemade chez mix – it is so good! Your mom’s version sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  89. You’re mom must be so proud to take over this little space for a few days! 🙂 Her recipes are so foolproof–I could definitely use more of those in my life. I tend to over complicated things, if you know what I mean.

    Merry Christmas Tieghan!! Hope you have a relaxing (and work free) day to relax with your family. And enjoy the new house 🙂 No stress allowed, haha.

    1. I do that same thing. Over complicate everything. It killed not to mess with these recipes! LOL!

      Thanks Laura! Hope you had a great Christmas!

  90. I need to hop on the holiday chex mix tradition! This stuff looks like lots of fun to snack on while hanging with the family tonight. It’s probably amazing at absorbing booze…not that I’m drinking booze this evening or anything… 😉 Happy Xmas eve!!

  91. Love your easy recipes lately. Seriously girl, I really love the easy, foolproof, fast stuff. Your complicated and uber creative recipes are just so over the top AMAZING but the chances of me getting around to them aren’t likely; but the past week or so, I can and hope to make some of this stuff 🙂 I have a recipe for Parmesan Ranch snack mix that I posted this time last year (on vacation and needed something fast!). So I know I’d love your version! Pinned

      1. I’d venture that this article has saved me more time than any other.

  92. Oh goodness – your Mum’s recipes are amazing. So decadent and so more-ish!

    Hope that you have a great Christmas – and next year two months of festive recipes!!! x

  93. Merry Christmas girl! This looks so easy and delicious, I love me a good Chex Mix (and so does my hubby!) I hope you have a fabulous Christmas stuffing your face with all kinds of delicious-ness! 🙂

  94. Merry Christmas Tieghan – thanks for sharing your recipes. This Chex Mix will soon be made at our home – too late to make today/tonight but for sure New Years! Hope you and your family have a fun filled Christmas.

  95. HI! Sure! You can of course add mores seasonings to your taste. I would add seasoning and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂