It’s that time of year. Time to start thinking about all the good things you want to fix for the holidays – things that you normally wouldn’t make through the year. One of my favorite is party munchies – as we call them. I remember my Aunt Evelyn and my mom making them when we were kids – my mom still makes a batch for my dad each year. My Aunt Mary put Golden Grahams in them making a sweet-salty mix – my favorite.
You can see the mix we use – the Chex cereals, Cherrios, Golden Grahams, and lots of pretzels. You can tailor the mix to what you like. I put in lots of mixed nuts, cashews and peanuts. I have also seen the mix made with Gold Fish, Rice Crackers – just about any little munchie you like.
The secret is in the sauce – use the basic recipe on the back of a Chex box and then customize it to your taste – you can add sugar, tabasco, chipolte seasoning, soy sauce, whatever strikes your fancy. Be careful not to totally mask the taste of the worcestershire sauce as this gives it the distinctive
“party munchies” taste. I use real butter for that extra special taste!
After mixing all the sauce together and heating, pour into cereal mix in large bowl. Stir to coat all the cereal well. You want the cereal to look a little greasy as it will absorb the sauce while cooking. If your cereal is too dry before you cook it, it will not have a lot of flavor as there is nothing to absorb.
I spread the mix out on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. It will appear to stick to the sheet the first couple of times you stir – that’s one way to tell it is getting done – it quits sticking to the sheet pan. I don’t grease my pan to start – you don’t need to.
When it is done, let it cool and then store in large ziploc bags until ready to eat or repackage.
I would definitely recommend making this a family or friend project – using small boxes of cereal, I had about 5 gallons of the mix when I finished!!