Trash Mix…the smell of Christmas

For many the smell of Christmas has something to do with chocolate or cinnamon or eggnog. Not at my house. Growing up, my mom always made “trash” mix, which is simply homemade Chex Mix; however, that salty, buttery smell is something else. I have some baking in the oven right now and it is driving Arthur wild. It’s an easy peasy thing to “make” and will have everyone in your house making their way to the kitchen. Here’s my take on the recipe:

2 cups Corn Chex cereal
2 cups Rice Chex cereal
5 cups Wheat Chex cereal (I like the wheat more, so I use more cups, but you could change the proportions however you want, just so long as you have about 9 cups total.)
1 cup peanuts (cashews if you want to be fancy!)
1 cup stick pretzels
1 cup Cheerios
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
Oven Directions Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and cheerios; set aside. In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave. Stir in seasonings. Gradually mix in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container. 

You could put portions in mason jars or baggies with a cute little ribbon as gifts OR you could keep it for yourself. 😉

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One thought on “Trash Mix…the smell of Christmas

  1. I love that my mamma called it Trash!! And note: that was BEFORE there was anything named Chex Mix in a bag for sale at the grocery store. At that time the only option was to make your own. So note: baking it for an hour slowly is worth it….there is a short cut on the cereal box for cooking this in the microwave….but your house will not fill up with the aroma of the experience….so glad you posted the original recipe Megan!! And when I was a little girl the pretzels were much skinnier and you could spear the cheerios with the pretzels…my neighborhood friends and I would compete to see how many we could get on a pretzel stick and then we’d eat the stacked stick with one bite. So if anyone knows of any skinny pretzels let me know. Merry
    Christmas.

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