Grandma Joyce’s Chex Mix

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, February 6, 2010

The Phoenix is in Arizona today for his Grandma Joyce’s memorial.  She went to be with the Lord earlier this week.  We are sad, but also so incredibly thankful that she is finally healed and in the presence of our Savior.  She was already sick by the time I met her a few years ago when The Phoenix and I started dating, so I never knew her all that well, but she had such a great smile and quite the sense of humor.  The Phoenix has told me all along that she was an awesome grandma…the kind that stays up super late with her grandkids playing games and then is up before everyone else to have doughnuts ready when the kids woke.  I’m not sure you can get much better than that.

One of her specialties was Chex Mix.  The Phoenix has raved about it ever since I met him and a week or so ago I finally got the recipe.  This recipe makes a ton, and he finished it off in no time flat.  So…it’s gotta be good.  And anything that he remembers for that long has to be.  If you know the guy, you know, quite frankly, his memory is horrible.  I watched this week’s episode of Chuck last night and now I’m thinking Casey’s been following him around too, shooting him with those little memory-erasing darts.  That would sure explain things.

The Phoenix’s stories about Grandma Joyce inspire me to have some fun and spend quality time with the ones I love, spoiling them with some delicious treats along the way.  And if you want to do the same, here’s a good start.  I bet whoever you’re watching the Super Bowl with tomorrow wouldn’t mind snacking on it either.  I’m just saying.

Grandma Joyce\'s Chex Mix

recipe from The Phoenix's Grandma Joyce
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes.
  • Ready in 1 Hour, 10 Minutes.
  • 1/2 package Cheerios, large box
  • 1/2 bag long pretzels
  • 1/3 box each Rice, Corn and Wheat Chex
  • 1 1/2 lbs peanuts
  • 1/2 lb margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt margarine then add oil, worcestershire and salts and combine.
  • Mix together Cheerios, pretzels, Chex and peanuts in a large roasting pan.
  • Pour margarine mixture over dry ingredients and stir gently to combine.
  • Bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Optional : If you have the time, you can turn the oven off and leave it in there overnight before serving.

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