Friday, December 9, 2011

Classic Party Mix

It’s the holiday season.  (Doubt I needed to tell you that fact.)  This fact is making me crave favorite flavors and classic recipes.  Anyone else with me on that?

I just so happened to be pulling out 26 years of Christmas tree ornaments while I was making a pot of homemade turkey-noodle soup.  Homemade egg noodles are the epitomy of comfort for me.  I have been making homemade noodles with family members on both sides of my family for as long as I can remember.  It’s a prized method and it’s somewhat therapeutic to knead the dough, roll it out and dust the cut noodles with flour.  As I was doing so this time, I told Paul that I could actually smell my Grandma’s house.  The nostalgic property of food is most-likely be the bottom line of my obsession with it. There is no doubt that this time of year the nostalgia is heightened!

So back to my ornaments…my Christmas tree ornament collection might be my most prized possession.  It’s long been a tradition in my family for everyone to exchange ornaments.  I have years of ornaments from my parents, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, my sister and my nephews, and now my husband.  They all represent hobbies, milestones, dates and interests.  I realized that someone could tell a lot about who I am and what makes me, well, me just by looking at this collection.  I can tell the story of my life through my ornaments   Each year I look forward to giving away ornaments to the people that I love and I’m always anxious to see what I will add to my collection.  It is one of the things that I would want to race to grab if our house was in flames.  What is your most prized possession?  What tradition do you most look forward to this time of year?

After sharing my classic chili, I wanted to share another ‘back to basics’ recipe that I crave this time of year, classic party mix (for some reason, I don’t really crave it any other time!)  The salty, buttery flavors make me salivate just thinking about it.  I got together with my mom and sister to make cookies for the food blogger cookie swap (post coming Monday!) and this was a must on our menu as well.  We don’t do anything special with the recipe, just classic flavors and delicious holiday tradition.

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Classic Party Mix

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A classic recipe for Chex Party Mix.


3 cups rice chex
3 cups corn chex
3 cups wheat chex
2 cups mixed nuts
1 cup pretzels
12 Tbs. salted butter
4 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp. seasoned salt
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder


Heat oven to 250°F. Add butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder to a large roasting pan. Heat in the oven until butter is melted. Stir to combine.

Slowly add the cereal mixture until well combined and coated.

Bake one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Spread in a single layer over paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Cassie's Notes:
Use any combination of cereal that you like; if you prefer to leave out the wheat chex, do so, just use 9 cups of cereal.

Recipe adapted from Chex

A few of my favorite ornaments: a boat that Paul made me (that’s a story for another post); a Starbucks cup; and a mixer, of course!


34 Responses to “Classic Party Mix”

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 9, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    I was just thinking yesterday about some snack mix my grandmother always made at Christmastime with those little Oyster crackers! I love how food has that magic ability to take you down memory lane and make you feel connected to the people you love! Hope you had fun baking with your mom and sister…

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 9, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    that’s really funny you ask what my most prized possession is..i just wrote in my crockpot post about my fear of my house burning down, my most prized possession that i’d come running into the house for has got to be my camera & lenses!! this party mix looks great and easy to make! sounds yummy and you can control what goes in it!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 9, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    Great recipe! I always love classic recipes and recipes that remind you of different times. With all the entertaining we have scheduled in the next few weeks I need to whip this up. Its perfect for guests to nibble on. My most prized possession are my twins (does that count 🙂 ). As they get older I look forward to starting new traditions as well as continuing with traditions I grew up with. 🙂

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    Curt — December 9, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    Delicious stuff! We make our rendition of this every year too. I see you put the garlic in yours! That’s a must for me!

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    Bev Weidner — December 9, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I LOVE party mix. I could shove that whole bowl right into my face.

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — December 9, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    This is our family tradition too! My mom and I make it all the time. YUM. 🙂

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    Lauren — December 9, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    YUM! My grandma makes something similar that she calls nuts and bolts.

    • Cassie replied: — December 9th, 2011 @ 9:33 am

      That is the most adorable name, I need to remember that!

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    Angie@Angiesrecipes — December 9, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    That’s my type of party mix!

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    Anna — December 9, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    We always called this Nuts and Bolts too – either way, totally addictive!

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    Janet@FCTC — December 9, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    Ahhh, i know what you mean about nostalgia. Certain scents just yell “It’s Christmas!” to me.

    I used to make chex mix every year for my kids but haven’t done it in years. maybe it’s time to restart the tradition 🙂

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 9, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    My husbands family always exchanges ornaments. We all have a series of Hallmark ones that we get from my FIL. Plus a few others. I love that they have dates, because we can look back and see how old my husband was when he received them. We have started the same thing with our son!
    And of course I love party mix!

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    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — December 9, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    Looks addicting! Mine didn’t last too long around my house. Funny how certain things get picked out isn’t it?

  13. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — December 9, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    Yum. This is one of my favorite snacks. I love everything you put in it.

  14. #
    Baker Street — December 9, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    Yum! I love your party mix! Its addicting and i’d bet this doesn’t last long. 🙂

  15. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 10, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    I love how food is a trigger for memories! This party mix looks so yummy, Cassie! I would much rather eat this than chips!

  16. #
    Ann — December 10, 2011 @ 12:53 am

    The classic party mix is amazing! Nothing like the packaged stuff! Thanks for sharing….and your ornament collection sounds amazing!

    Our tradition is the day after Thanksgiving we mail ALL our Christmas cards and packages so we can enjoy the holidays rather than fight the malls!

  17. #
    marla — December 10, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Classic party mix is always a win & the first thing people reach for. Great idea!

  18. #
    Liz — December 10, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    LOVE this stuff. I refuse to make it, though, b/c I cannot resist! I can ignore the sweet stuff, but any salty treat is too addicting!

  19. #
    kitchenarian — December 10, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    I love this mix! I haven’t made it in years probably because I eat it all! haha. I love your story about your ornament exchange. My children have given me an ornament every Christmas for years. I treasure them.

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    Kim Bee — December 10, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    This is wonderful mix Cassie. My guys love this stuff. Going to try your version as mine wasn’t a total hit.

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    Alyssa — December 11, 2011 @ 5:53 am

    I love that this feels like the holidays to you. I haven’t made a party mix like this in a long time, but maybe I should for the season this year. I would love to see your homemade egg noodles. I love soups with them, but they can be very hard to find, so I would love a recipe for homemade version. Great post!

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    DessertForTwo — December 11, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    It is definitely time to break out the homemade chex mix!

    So happy you got your new camera!!!! Enjoy 🙂

  23. #
    Peggy — December 11, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    These snack mixes were always my favorite during the holidays! This and Puppy Chow! =)

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — December 11, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Cassie…I love this classic chex mix. It’s one of those things that once I start eating it…I can’t stop! I love your tradition of exchanging ornaments. It really brings those people to your thoughts as you are decorating your tree from year to year! My favorite ornament is one that my parents had on their tree from before I was born. Talk about vintage! And what a wonderful present you got with your camera! Have fun! I am still trying to figure out mine. I’ve been reading various books, too. But the one that has been most helpful to me is by David Busch. He writes books on your exact make and model of camera. Mine is the Canon Rebel T3 and this book is much better than the manual! Enjoy and I look forward to seeing your future photos! : )

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    Ryan — December 11, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    That little mixer ornament is adorable! I love collecting ornaments too– my husband and I try to get one every place we go. I agree, there is nothing like tried and true family recipes this time of year and that snack mix looks so yummy! I could eat a bowl full right now. I’m sure it smells amazing while it’s baking too!! I love chex mix!!

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    Loveforfood — December 12, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    Ohh…these look incredible!

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    raquel — December 12, 2011 @ 4:27 am

    that is a great idea for a snack, I can prepare this whenever I have friends visits me. thanks


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