Please forgive me for lapsing with my posts this week, but to make it up to you, I’m letting ya’ll in on a coveted family secret: the recipe for my mom’s incredibly addictive Chex Mix.

Often surfacing around the holidays, this stuff has long been a staple at holiday parties & in college care packages, one of the many things my mom makes which always forces the question, “Oh my god, did you put crack in this?”

I tried my hand at this goodness for the first time the other night and was pleased to find that I was able to replicate her magic pretty easily in my own kitchen.  In a few days, I get to see my mom, spend my twenty-seventh birthday with her and Jill, eat through Thanksgiving, even sleep late if I wish.

There are many, many things, both big and little, for which I am grateful, but today I’d like to acknowledge you, reader of this blog.  Little did I know when I launched this blog just over six months ago that I would “meet” so many kind and generous folks, that so many of you would be interested in what I have to say about food and living joyfully in the world, that many of you would be willing to share your stories, ideas, recipes, & genuine enthusiasm with me.

Thank you.  It has been, and continues to be, a privilege.


½ box each, corn & rice chex cereal

1 cup assorted nuts and/or pretzels

1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

1 T each: garlic powder, dried chives, & dried parsley

1 tsp. each, salt & black pepper

oven: 235°

In a large metal bowl, toss together the cereal, nuts, and/or pretzels.  In a separate and much smaller bowl, stir together the melted butter, Worcestershire, and spices.

Pour the butter mixture over the cereal, using a spatula to make sure all the pieces are evenly coated.  Bake the mixture in the bowl for an hour, stopping to stir every fifteen minutes.

After an hour, turn off the oven and let the mixture sit overnight.  Store the mixture in an airtight container—it will keep well for several weeks.


  1. Reading this reminds me of holidays gone by! My mother had a similar recipe she would make at Christmas time and for gatherings of her bridge group. … I enjoy your blog very much, and I hope your hands are doing better! … I am a harpist so I know about hand issues! … Be well!

  2. Perfect timing! I was up last night thinking about Chex mix and how I really needed to get the recipe from my mom. And she also uses a similar recipe, chocked full of pecans…. Yum.

  3. rebecca villarreal

    oh, my god! i can’t believe it’s allowable for this recipe to be written down, much less shared with the masses! and there really is no crack in the ingredients list!!!

  4. Oh my, do I love Chex mix! I think this is going to be a Thanksgiving weekend recipe. Thanks!

  5. Love this! My almost 6 year old helped me make it and it was super easy. She was very proud of herself and so was I. My entire family just loved it and the kids even requested for me to pack some in their lunches for school! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    • bluejeangourmet

      Melissa–thanks so much for your kind words! I can only imagine, your work must really wear on your hands. I’m working with a neuromuscular massage therapist right now, which seems to be helping…still exploring cause/effect stuff with doctors. I really appreciate your readership & support.

      Melanie–my mom throws lots of nuts into her version, too…so perfect for the holidays.

      rebecca–I know, right? I’m busting open all the family secrets 🙂

      Gemma–thanks for the visit & comment! I’m only too happy to reciprocate, as you have shared so many good recipes I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy.

      Julie–hooray! so glad to know this passed the “kid test,” since they are such discriminating critics 🙂 thank you for taking the time to comment after making a batch.

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  7. Hey Nish! I was thinking of you and stopped by to see what the latest postings were and stubbled on this Chex Mix recipe. It’s very similar to my mama’s recipe except before she bakes each pan full she dusts it very lightly with cayenne pepper for an extra kick and it’s so good. Chex Mix is one of my favorite snacks so i devoured a lot of it in years past 🙂 hope you are doing well!

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