Best Homemade Oven Baked Sweet & Salty Chex Mix Recipe

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This homemade Chex mix recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next party or gathering. It’s full of classic snack pieces everyone loves and smothered with the distinct flavors of ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.

Sweet & savory snack for football season with this homemade Chex mix recipe.
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Super Bowl Sunday is less than a week away, and in case you were wondering, party food is my favorite part of Super Bowl Sunday and well football in general.

There really is something so cozy & comforting about having a classic American sport on the television and a big bowl of snacks on hand to munch on. 

I honestly didn’t know who was playing in the Super Bowl this year until I googled it (Kansas City Chiefs & Philadelphia Eagles in case you didn’t know either!).

While our home team might not be playing in the big game, we will still be watching to see who wins, and of course, use the opportunity to gorge on tasty Super Bowl party food!

So, I thought I would share one of my families favorite snacks to bring to a football party or to just munch on from the comfort of our own couch. 

A twist on a classic Chex mix recipe with ranch dressing mix and brown sugar.

Here’s Why You’ll Love This Sweet & Savory Snack Mix

This Chex mix recipe is a crowd favorite and one you’re going to love!

It’s easy to prepare ahead of time, full of classic snack pieces, and delicious & irresistible with the addition of butter, ranch dressing mix, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.

Chex mix is a delicious snack option for football season or anytime because it’s versatile (simply swap out ingredients based on your families preferences), and it’s easy to transport (throw it in a air-tight container and place in a big bowl once you get to your destination). 

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • It’s so much better than store bought! The flavors are bolder and brighter.
  • This recipe is incredibly easy to make with everything mixed in one big bowl and then baked in the oven.
  • Easily customize this recipe with your favorite snack pieces.
  • It stays fresh for 3-4 weeks, which means this is the perfect party snack that you can make ahead of game day.
  • The addition of the brown sugar gives this recipe a sweet twist you typically won’t find in a classic Chex mix recipe.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled with no extra preparation or baking time needed.
Football season party food with cheese crackers, goldfish, and Chex cereal.
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The Chex Mix Ingredients

These are the ingredients I use to make this bold Chex mix recipe for our family.

This recipe can easily be changed to your liking (continue reading for other Chex mix ingredient ideas).

Typically you’ll find pretzel pieces or nuts in a Chex mix recipe, however my family does not like them, so I used Cheerios instead. 

  • 2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex Cereal
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 3 cups Oyster Crackers
  • 3 cups Cheese Crackers
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese Goldfish
  • 1 stickUnsalted Butter
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Light Brown Sugar

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Homemade Chex Mix Recipe

In a large mixing bowl combine the Chex cereals, Cheerios, oyster crackers, cheese & goldfish crackers. 

In a separate bowl, melt the butter and then mix in the packet of ranch dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.

Mix until well combined.

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Pour the butter mixture over the cereal mixture giving it a good stir until all of the snack pieces are coated in butter. 

Spread the Chex mix into a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake Chex mix in a 250 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes. 

Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving. 

Tips for this Party Mix Recipe

  • Don’t add the melted butter all at once to the snack pieces. Pour about half of the seasoned butter into the mix, stir, and repeat. This allows all of the snack pieces to be equally coated in that bold butter flavor. 
  • Use a spatula to stir. This helps to not crush the cereal or snack pieces like a spoon would. Or better yet, get down & dirty by using your hands!
  • Bake this delicious Chex mix recipe at a low temperature in the oven. Rotate or stir the pan every 15 minutes or so to ensure even baking. 
Delicious snack for a movie night or football season full of tasty ingredients.

How can I prevent my homemade Chex mix from becoming soggy?

There are a few steps you can take during the preparation and storage of your Chex mix to prevent it from becoming soggy.

Here are some ways to maintain the crispiness of your Chex mix:

  • Bake at Low Temperature: Baking at a lower temperature allows the moisture to evaporate without burning the ingredients.
  • Stir During Baking: Stir the Chex mix every 15-20 minutes while baking. This helps distribute the heat evenly and prevents any one section from becoming soggy.
  • Store Properly: Once the Chex mix has cooled completely, store it in an air-tight container. This helps to keep the moisture out and maintain the crispiness.
  • Use a Paper Towel: If you notice any excess oil or moisture on the surface of your Chex mix, you can absorb it by placing a paper towel in the container.
  • Re-Crisping: If your Chex mix does become slightly soggy, you can try re-crisping it by spreading it on a baking sheet and baking it in a low-temperature oven for a short time. Make sure to keep a close eye on it to prevent over baking.

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How long will homemade Chex mix stay fresh?

Chex mix will stay fresh in an airtight container or stored in freezer bags for about 3-4 weeks at room temperature.

I promise it will most likely not last that long…well in our house it doesn’t anyways. 

What are some homemade Chex Mix ingredient variations I can try?

There is no limit on the variations or substitutions you can try when it comes to this recipe.

Here are some ingredient ideas you can try in this Chex mix recipe that would be delicious!

  • Bagel Chips
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Roasted Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Mini Saltines
  • Corn Chex Cereal
  • Rye Chips
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Hot Sauce
A twist on a classic Chex mix recipe with ranch dressing mix and brown sugar.

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Football season party food with cheese crackers, goldfish, and Chex cereal.
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Homemade Sweet & Salty Chex Mix Recipe

This homemade Chex mix recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next party or gathering. It's full of classic snack pieces everyone loves and smothered with the distinct flavors of ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex Cereal
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 3 cups Oyster Crackers
  • 3 cups Cheese Crackers
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese Goldfish
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Light Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the Chex cereals, Cheerios, oyster crackers, cheese crackers, and goldfish.
  • In a separate bowl, melt the butter and then mix in the packet of ranch dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until well combined.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the snack mixture mixing together until all of the snack pieces are coated in butter.
  • Spread the Chex mix evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake Chex mix in a 250 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

    • Don’t add the melted butter all at once to the snack pieces. Pour about half of the seasoned butter into the mix, stir, and repeat. This allows all of the snack pieces to be equally coated in that bold butter flavor. 
    • Use a spatula to stir. This helps to not crush the cereal or snack pieces like a spoon would. Or better yet, get down & dirty by using your hands!
    • Make sure the Chex mix is in a thin, even layer on the baking sheet to allow for even baking. Use two baking sheets if one sheet is not big enough. 
    • Bake this delicious Chex mix recipe at a low temperature in the oven. Rotate or stir the pan every 15 minutes or so to ensure even baking. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 340mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4.4g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bold Chex Mix, Chex Mix, Chex Party Mix, Football Food
Servings: 8
Calories: 130kcal

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Sweet & savory snack for football season with this homemade Chex mix recipe.
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  1. This looks so good Heidi!!! Pinned your recipe and can’t wait to try this weekend! I’m going to be sharing in my weekly Nesting post this weekend too <3

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