Friday, July 29, 2011

Our Favorite Homemade Snack Recipe

The kids enjoy helping in the kitchen, and I enjoy finding recipes that are easy enough and tasty enough for the little chefs;p

This is one of our most favorite treats, I know it is very familiar to most of you, and may not seem so special, however, there are A lot of variations and ways to make this your own family tradition.

I also like the homemade taste. I do, from time to time, purchase Chex Mix, I love the Bold flavor, while the kids really love Cheese flavored Chex Mix. But, there is just always something about homemade anything, especially snacks;p Plus, the time spent together is treasured more then any snack!

I am A huge fan of flavor;p so, I do like to make mine with a bit more worcestshire sauce. There are so many ways to make this. The above picture, shows the ingrediants that we normally use, (add a stick of butter)

We use, Janes Mixed up Salt, Season All Salt, Frenchs Worcestshire sauce, Kellogs Crispix cereal, Wege pretzels, and any type of unsalted mixed nuts. ( We tend to favor Walgreens brand for the mixed nuts)
I should start measuring and keeping track of all of this, but there are just times when you can tell what is needed, how much, if you should add,  etc, when you make this;p

I set the oven at 250 degrees, while the kids wash their hands, then spread the Crispix cereal and pretzels on a baking sheet. We always add more Crispix then anything, since these are the pieces they all want more of lol.
Then they add the nuts, by small handfuls, and stir around to check if more of anything is needed. meanwhile, I melt a stick of butter in the microwave, stirring halfway between, and adding worcestshire sauce.
I do add A bit of the Season All salt and Janes Mixed up salt, but not all of what I plan on putting in. (it's also best to do a little at a time because you don't want to go overboard! There aren't many ways to "fix" it, if you end up with to much!)
Next step is to pour the butter and worcestshire mixture over the cereal mix and toss to coat.
A storage bag is also A big help, but at the same time, can end up being messier!
Then it goes in the oven for 35 minutes, checking every 10 minutes, and tossing a bit more.
You can also taste test and add more salt, garlic powder, whatever seasonings you decide to use!
After you pull the Crispix Mix from the oven, let it cool, and taste test again;p
We use a spatula and pour the mix right into a Ziploc storage bag, zip the bag shut, and shake! The kids enjoy this part, and this also helps to evenly coat each piece.
Finally, if you need to add any seasonings, this is a perfect time to do so, and reshake,
We do like to eat this warm, but it is very good once it sits for a bit and cools down!!