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A Family Tradition

For the past 25+ years my sister and I have made Chex mix from scratch every Christmas season.  Yes, you can but it at the grocery store in a variety of flavors, but none of these compares to our home made version.
What makes ours special is besides the rice, wheat and corn Chex we add at least a cup of Cheerios.  And the pretzels must be sticks…to skewer the Cheerios!
And never forget the bagel chips.  Now they are hard to come by these days. I had to go to three stores to find them and then I almost forgot to put them in.
Now what makes this even more special is the “tin”.  You see the person in possession of the “tin” makes the mix that year and then we share the batch between us.  This year I mafe it and filled the “tin” to give to my sister.  We try and tell the other that it is not our year.  Hubby even tries to get  me to sneak the “tin” back to my sister’s earlier in the year just to see if she would notice.
So, it is time to enjoy this years batch.

Ingredients
3 cups Corn Chex™ cereal
3 cups Rice Chex™ cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex™ cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup pretzel sticks
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
1 cup Cheerios
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Pre-heat oven to 250°. Melt butter in a large roaster pan in oven. Add seasoning and mix well. Gradually add cereals, nuts, bagel chips and pretzels. Stir well to coat. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes.

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