Pretzel Mix, Prepping for the Big Game

Pretzel mix is one of those great snacks that you can just grab and go from just about any store. You can find the original salty flavor, a mix of sweet and salt, and even spicy.  It always seemed like so much work to master making at home, of course, until I tried.  This stuff is easy!

I dug through my cabinets to find just about any dried crunchy thing we had.  A recent health kick resulted in a purchase of some dried chickpeas and edamame. Despite my best intentions to find alternatives to potato chips, these truly tasted like cardboard.  Don’t get me wrong, I am sure there is some Pinterest trick to make them tasty, but these just didn’t bring anything worthwhile to the table.  Both the chickpeas and the edamame went into the mixture, along with pretzels, sunflower seeds and a box of rice chex.  Add some melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings of your liking and bake until golden brown.

This mix is great for the Super Bowl as guests can snack on as much or as little as they’d like. While it’s not crudite, it can be classified as not the worst calorie choice. It stores well for leftovers and if you do have lots like we did, you can always add some chocolate chips to diversify.  Your office will thank you for bringing it in.

The traditional recipe is below.  I substituted what I had around for the mix ingredients and followed the seasoning and cooking instructions.  I also added a bit more butter half way through just to help the seasoning stick; I think my ratios were off– always a challenge when you abandon the recipe!

Traditional Chex Party Mix

INGREDIENTS
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasons of choice: taco, steak, chili, garlic. Think on the salty-savory side of the spectrum.  Be creative! If you want the sweet component, add after baking.
  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup pretzel
DIRECTIONS
  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in large roasting pan in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated.
  3. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

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