Friday, December 17, 2010

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Chex Mix was a holiday tradition in my home growing up. My mom would fill this gigantic plastic bin (probably around 5 gallons) FULL of Chex Mix. So when I discovered that you could cook Chex Mix in the slow cooker, I had to try it!

I just bought a 5 quart slow cooker and it is perfect for a full batch. But for the past few years I used my smaller Crock Pot (maybe 3 or 4 quarts) and it worked just fine. It was just harder to stir. If you make consecutive batches (like I do), your cooking time will be cut down because the slow cooker is already hot so just keep a closer eye on it (stirring every 30 minutes or so).

I did cut the butter down from the original recipe and I don't notice any difference. But if you want more, just add two more tablespoons.

This is the original flavor, but I've made several different varieties of Chex Mix in the slow cooker. My favorite was the Buffalo Mix flavor and the Snickerdoodle Mix is great, too. I just saw a recipe for Garlic and Chili on the back of one of the boxes. Can't wait to try that one out! I think you could have an entire party with all the different options!

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

4 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Lawry's seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire (Lea & Perrins does not contain MSG)
3 cups each, Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Wheat Chex
1 cup Cheerios
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite size pretzels

Turn slow cooker on to high and put in butter, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and Worcetshire sauce. Once the butter is melted, stir seasonings together and turn slow cooker to low. Add in Chex, Cheerios, nuts, and pretzels. Stir well to coat. Put top on the slow cooker and cook for 2-3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes or so.

Adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking and General Mills Chex Party Mix.

1 Thoughts From Others:

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I used to make this all the time! We used to put the Orville Reddinbacker butter oil on this before everything else. Not healthy but delicious!

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