Party mixes make fun snacks for any gathering

cinnamon-apple mix

PARTY PLEASER: Sweet and salty mixed with soft and crunchy makes Cinnamon-Apple Party Mix the perfect snack for everyone on your guest list.

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Game days, parties and last minute get-­togethers call for super snacks that are easy to make and delicious. A simple solution is to keep several recipes that call for on-hand ingredients, so you can go from pantry to party in a snap.

Whether your guests’ taste buds favor sweet, salty, tangy, cheesy or chocolaty, there’s a party mix recipe for everyone. With great flavor and a hearty crunch, no one will be able to resist digging into a big bowl of party mix.

Here are four simple recipes that can be prepared using a microwave. For more recipes, visit the Web site www.Chex.com/Recipes.

 

Cheesy Ranch Party Mix

 

9 cups toasted corn, rice or wheat

   cereal, or a combination

2 cups bite-size pretzel twists

2 cups bite-size cheese crackers

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 package (1 oz.) ranch-style dressing

   and seasoning mix

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large microwavable bowl, combine cereal, pretzels and crackers; set aside.

Place butter in a small microwavable bowl; microwave, uncovered, on High for 30 seconds, or until melted. Pour over cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese, mixing well.

Microwave, uncovered, on High for 3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yields 26 servings.

 

Cinnamon-Apple Party Mix  

 

5 cups toasted wheat cereal

1 cup lightly salted whole almonds

¼ cup butter or margarine

¹/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup chopped dried apples

½ cup vanilla yogurt-covered raisins

In a large microwavable bowl, combine cereal and almonds; set aside.

Place butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon in a 2-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave, uncovered, on High for 1 minute. Stir, then microwave for another minute, or until mixture boils. Stir again, then pour over cereal mixture. Stir until evenly coated.

Microwave, uncovered, on High for 3 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after every minute. Stir in apples. Microwave, uncovered, on High for about 2 minutes, or until apples just begin to brown on edges.

Spread mixture on waxed paper to cool, about 5 minutes. Place in a serving bowl; stir in raisins. Store in an airtight container. Yields 16 servings.

 

The Original Party Mix

 

3 cups toasted corn cereal

3 cups toasted rice cereal

3 cups toasted wheat cereal

1 cup mixed nuts

1 cup bite-size pretzels

1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips

   or regular-size bagel chips that have

   been broken into 1-inch pieces

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1½ teaspoons seasoned salt

¾ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

In a large microwavable bowl, combine cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside.

Place butter in a small microwavable bowl; microwave, uncovered, on High for 40 seconds, or until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients and pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave, uncovered, on High for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.

Spread mixture on paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yields 24 servings.