The Smells of Christmas!
The smells of Christmas for me are as follows: apple cider with winter spices, gravy (can I get a HECK YES!!), and Chex Mix baking in the oven. Any of these smells immediately put me in the holiday mood.
And if you've never made your own homemade Chex Mix during the holiday season you have been missing out. The smell of it baking makes any house smell cozy and delicious. I am possibly baking some RIGHT NOW as I write this blog post.
The Chex Mix recipe on the box of any Chex cereal has changed a LOT over the years. I used the recipe from the box somewhere between 2000 and 2003 and it was my favorite. However, I've made changes to make it a bit more flavorful!
And I thought I'd share my extra special recipe with you so you can make your home smell extra cozy and so you can have a delicious snack to enjoy while watching Christmas movies!
Sara's Famous Chex Mix Recipe:
Forewarning: this version is extra flavorful & intense.
P.S. Use the powder version of the garlic & onion salt if you are watching your salt intake!
1 stick of butter
4 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt or powder
1 teaspoon onion salt or powder
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Rice Chex
3 Cups Wheat Chex
1 cup pretzels
1 cup mixed nuts
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees
Combine all Chex, pretzels, and mixed nuts into a large mixing bowl with a lid.
Melt the butter in the microwave. I usually use a mug for this as it makes pouring so much easier!
Once the butter is melted add the Worcestershire Sauce, celery salt, onion salt/powder, garlic salt/powder to the butter. Mix thoroughly. Pour the wet mixture evenly over the Chex, pretzels, and nuts. Place the lid firmly on the mixing bowl and shake the bowl until all of the ingredients are evenly covered with the wet mixture.
Pour the Chex mix out onto a baking sheet. Bake at 250 degree for an hour, turning & mixing the mixture every 15 minutes.
Serve in a cute bowl or in individual cups (reusable, of course!) for the perfect salty snack!
Then to round out the delicious smells - grab one of my holiday scented candles:
Let me know if you make this recipe and how you liked it! I hope your holidays are extra cozy and joyful!
With love & tea,