I don’t know what it is about snack mix, but I love it! I always have. As a little girl, I loved it when my mom would buy Cheddar Chex Mix, and I even had this weird method of eating it: pretzels first, then corn Chex, then peanuts (I miss the peanuts!), and I would save the wheat Chex for last because that was my favorite part. As an adult I still eat my favorite elements last. Yes, that defeats the purpose of mixing it all together, but whatever, it’s what I do.
So in honor of my love for Chex mix, I’m sharing a super simple recipe that my 2 year old and I made together last week. This is a perfect snack to make with kiddos. They can measure, stir and dump ingredients with little mess. There’s the added bonus that the ingredients are flexible, so it’s ok if half of the measuring cup contents end up on the floor.
Here is the basic recipe that I used, but you can replace any of the mix-ins to fit your family’s preferences.
Ranch Parmesan Chex Mix
2 cups Goldfish crackers
2 cups pretzels
1 cup peanuts
2 cups popcorn (I used the lightly salted popped kind that comes pre-popped)
5 cups Corn Chex
4 tablespoons butter
1 package ranch dressing seasoning
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Place the Goldfish, pretzels, peanuts, popcorn, and Chex in a large bowl. Set aside. Melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the ranch dressing mix until well combined. Pour over the cereal mixture and stir until well coated. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Pour the Chex mix onto the pan in a single layer, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 250 degrees for one hour. Use tongs to toss mixture every 15 minutes.