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The Original Chex Party Mix
Cinnamon-Apple Chex Mix
Chocolate Chex Caramel Crunch
Muddy Buddies
Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

(Family Features) - Game days, parties and last minute get-togethers call for super snacks that are easy to make and delicious to share. A simple solution is to keep several recipes that call for on-hand ingredients within reach, so you can go from pantry to party in a snap.

One of America's classic snacks, Chex Party Mix, now offers a new way of entertaining family and friends with convenient 15-minute microwave preparation.

"My grandma and mother both made party mix, and now I make it when I entertain," says Katie Lee, TV food personality and author of The Comfort Table, an entertaining and recipe book. "With so many flavorful options and speedy microwave preparation, these party snacks are easy to make and simply delicious."

Mix and mingle with time to spare! Katie Lee

Prep Steps

The key to any party is planning ahead so you can have fun. Set the table and have the music ready to go the day before. Salads, soups and desserts can usually be made in advance.

Flavorful Party Favors

Send guests home with a bag of goodies - fudge or party mix are Joel's favorites as they keep well. Or, package these foods for the hostess in a pretty gift bag or a mason jar with a homemade label.

Kid Picks

Including your smallest guests in your gathering is so important - and fun! It's nice to make children something similar to what the adults are eating so you don't have to double your work. But, leave out some of the spices for a more mild-mannered version.

Here are five simple, go-to recipes for this party season. For more recipes and nutritional information, visit www.chex.com/recipes.

The Original Chex Party Mix

Ingredients
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup bite-size pretzels
  • 1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Preparation
    1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, 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.
    2. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

Start to Finish Time
15 Minutes

Serves
24 servings (1/2 cup each)

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
For a big bold taste, add 2 tablespoons red pepper sauce with the seasonings.

Cinnamon-Apple Chex Mix

Ingredients
  • 5 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup lightly salted whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt-covered raisins

Preparation
    1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal and almonds.
    2. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon uncovered on High about 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until mixture is boiling; stir. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after every minute. Stir in apples; microwave uncovered on High about 2 minutes or until apples just begin to brown on edges.
    3. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 5 minutes. Place in serving bowl, stir in raisins. Store in airtight container.

Start to Finish Time
15 Minutes

Serves
16 servings (1/2 cup each)

Chocolate Chex Caramel Crunch

Ingredients
  • 8 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white vanilla baking chips

Preparation
    1. Into large microwavable bowl, measure cereal; set aside. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.
    2. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Pour over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on High 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Spread on cookie sheet. Cool 10 minutes. Break into bite-size pieces.
    3. In small microwavable bowl, microwave vanilla baking chips uncovered on High about 1 minute 30 seconds or until chips can be stirred smooth (bowl will be hot). Drizzle over snack. Refrigerate until set. Store in tightly covered container.

Start to Finish Time
15 Minutes

Serves
16 servings (1/2 cup each)

Muddy Buddies

Ingredients
  • 9 cups Corn, Rice, Wheat or Chocolate Chex cereal (or combination)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preparation
    1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
    2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
    3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Start to Finish Time
15 Minutes

Serves
18 servings (1/2 cup each)

Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

Ingredients
  • 9 cups Corn, Rice or Wheat Chex cereal (or combination)
  • 2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
  • 2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 package (1 ounce) ranch dressing and seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation
    1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, pretzels and crackers. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated.
    2. Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring each minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Store in airtight container.

Start to Finish Time
15 Minutes

Serves
26 servings (1/2 cup each)

SOURCE: General Mills - Chex



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