I’ve Totally Fallen for this Fall Snack Mix


I wonder who invented Chex Mix? Was it a scientist at the Chex laboratory or some housewife in the Mid-West? Either way, the concept was genius. In the old days, you had to make Chex Mix yourself, and that required an oven and Worcestershire sauce (back then, I rarely had access to either of those), but nowadays you can get Chex Mix in any snack aisle, and in almost any flavor. I never buy the stuff though, because it’s just too addictive.

But with school coming on, I thought it might be a fun idea to put some snack mix together for their lunches, and I came across a recipe for Crunchy Peanut Butter Mix on the boards. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:


         4 cups Golden Grahams® cereal
         2 cups Cocoa Puffs® cereal
         2 cups thin pretzel sticks (2 1/4 inch)
         1 cup candy-coated peanut butter candies
         1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
         10 oz white chocolate baking bars or squares, chopped
         2 tablespoons butter or margarine
          1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. In large bowl, mix cereals, pretzels, peanut butter candies and peanuts; set aside.
  2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave white chocolate and butter uncovered on High about 1 minute, stirring once, until melted and chocolate can be stirred smooth. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, toss half of the cereal mixture with 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar until evenly coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Repeat with remaining cereal mixture and remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Store tightly covered at room temperature.
               Makes 20 servings

I wasn’t sure how the recipe was going to go over, so I decided from the start to cut all of the amounts in half. In the end, I was glad that I did, because this stuff is ADDICTIVE. I had to give away half of what I had made just to keep myself from eating it until my tummy hurt.

First, I assembled all of the ingredients.

Then, in a large bowl, I put the cereals, pretzels, peanuts and Reese’s Pieces.

Then, instead of using baking chocolate, I used Wilton Candy Melts. They melt easily, plus they harden quickly. And they are tasty too.

These were melted for 45 seconds on the half-power setting in the microwave.

I actually forgot to add the butter here, but it turned out to be completely superfluous.

Then I poured the chocolate over the dry mix in the bowl and stirred until everything was coated.

At that point, the mix went into a plastic bag,

and I threw in a quarter-cup of powdered sugar before mixing it up Shake-N-Bake style.

At this point I started to worry that the mix would be too sweet., but I pressed on in the name of science and dedication to the blog, removing the mix from the bag and spreading  it out onto a piece of wax paper until the chocolate hardened, which didn’t take long.

And then it was finished. As I said earlier, it was not too sweet. It was divine. Way. Too. Divine. And it was even better the next day. Salty, sweet, peanutty, chocolatey, pretzelly, mmm, mmm, mmm. Keep this stuff away from me. Seriously.