A good old party stand by has always been Chex Party Mix. I actually wish more people would offer it at parties. It’s so easy to make and a better alternative to boring old chips and pretzels.
For years I have been making a recipe called Muddy Buddies for my family. I have also given some of the mix as a gift. I usually send my kids to school with plenty of extra Muddy Buddies because their classmates go crazy for it.
Muddy Buddies is really easy to make. It is a bit messy but the results make all the mess well worth is.
Chex Muddy Buddies
9 cups of Chex cereal – any variety – or use different varieties (I use different varieties)
1 cup of chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup of butter (or you can use margerine)
1 tsp. of Vanilla
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- Pour all the cereal into a very large mixing bowl.
- In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter/margarine. Microwave for a minute, stir, then continue to microwave at 30 second intervals and stir until everything is melted and well blended.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and add in the Vanilla. Stir well.
- Pour the mixture over the bowl of Chex cereal and stir very well until all the cereal pieces are covered. This part is very messy and takes a while, but trust me, it’s well worth it.
- Once mixed put 1/2 of the mixture in a large (gallon size) Ziploc bag and add 1/2 of the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake until the Chex cereal is coated in sugar. Pour the mix out on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and allow it to dry. Do the same with the remaing mixture and sugar.
- Once dried store the mix in an air tight container (I use Ziploc bags) in the fridge.
- For added variety try this recipe with nuts, raisins or M&M candy pieces.
This mix is so good!
Here is an interesting twist on the traditional cookie swap. Instead of a cookie swap why not invite over a few of your best friends and create a Chex Party Mix swap. All you would need is several boxes of Chex cereals and a few simple ingredients (many of which you might already have on hand).
There are many tasty recipes on the Chex website. Some I have heard of before and I’m anxious to try out.
- Chex PB & Chocolate Blast– Is there really a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, when Chex cereal is added!
- Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch – Mix things up and try this mouthwatering alternative to the beloved holiday pie.
- Hot Buttered Yum Chex Mix– A combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, honey and marshmallows blend effortlessly together in a crazy-delicious, gluten free crunchy mix.
- Chex Caramel Chocolate Drizzles – Melted chocolate, chewy caramel and a delightful crunch carry this gluten-free party mix recipe from microwave to table in 15 minutes.
And of course don’t forget the tried and true classic Original Chex Party Mix.
Have a few of your friends visit the Chex Party Mix website, www.ChexPartyMixChange.com and pick out their favorite recipe. You can supply the Chex cereals and have your friends bring the extra ingredients required for their recipe. Then you can each take turns creating your recipe or make the recipes together.
At the end of the evening let each of your guests take home some of all the mixes that you created. Similar to the idea of a cookie swap where everyone takes away a sampling of all the cookies made.
I think this would be a fun idea for a teen get together too. None of the Chex recipes are too complicated and they don’t require any special equipment or use of the oven/stove.
Unlike a cookie swap there isn’t hours of baking involved. All the recipes can be completed in roughly 15 minutes, allowing you more time to enjoy your creation and chat with your friends.
I am not good at baking. I wish I was but I’m not. The idea of having a Chex Mix Party Mix-Change sounds like a lot of fun and so much easier and less stressing then having to back several dozen cookies.
Make sure to offer your guests something to carry their mixes home in. You can go with something as simple as Chinese take out boxes (available at some craft stores and party supply stores). Make sure to dress them up a bit with some stickers and ribbon. Or you can look for inexpensive holiday tins. Even the holiday Ziploc bags (gallons size) would work.
The Chex Party Mix-Change would be fun to do year round. Who says Chex Party Mixes are only for the holidays? They can be enjoyed year round. Why not make it a challenge to adapt the recipes to suit the holidays. Maybe add some Red Hot candies for a Valentines Day inspired mix or some mashmallow Peeps for a Easter theme mix?
For more information please check out www.ChexPartyMixChange.com.
Why not make up some of the mixes to share with family, friends or neighbors. I’m sure your mailman or delivery driver would appreciate some of the mix recipes too.
My Blog Spark has generously offered a fun Chex giveaway to help you get started on your own Chex Party Mix-Change party. The lucky winner will receive:
- 2 Boxes of Chex cereals to create Chex Party Mix recipes
- 5 featured Chex Party Mix recipes
- 10 takeout containers so your guests can take their Chex Party Mix to-go
- $20 gift card to purchase recipe ingredients and decorating supplies
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