I recently discovered a truly antique recipe from my mother’s collection for Onion-Seasoned Bite-Size Biscuits, which seems to be the precursor to Chex Mix. Thank goodness some marketing guru came up with a catchier name!
6 T butter
2 T worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 t seasoned salt
3/4 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
6 C Crispix (TM) cereal, or 3 C Wheat Chex and 3 C Corn/Rice Chex
3 C Cheerios (TM)
1 C peanuts
1 C pretzels (little twists, not sticks)
Heat oven to 250. Melt butter in a large roasting pan in the oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in rest of ingredients until evenly coated. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
My Mom always made this at Christmas. The Cheerios are my favorite part — they seem to soak up the flavor more than the Chex (TM) cereal, and they’re usually cheaper.
My Mom always packed it away in a huge plastic container to keep it fresh, but Barry’s Grandma had a better idea. She saves the cereal bags/boxes and puts it back in them, after it’s made. It’s fun to open a box of Cheerios and discover it’s really snack mix!