Chex Party Mix Exchange: Convenient, FUN, and did I mention convenient?

In celebration of the New Year one of our Playgroup Moms  hosted a Chex Party Mix Exchange and it was a blast!

I have to admit I was a little leery at first since I have never made a Chex Mix.  I always thought you had to have a microwave and since we got rid of ours I thought my chances of being able to prepare a decent Chex Mix was out of the question.  So when I was invited to the party my first thought was to kindly decline. Then I looked over the Chex Mix Party website and noticed all the amazing recipes and I was pleasantly surprised The website offered great tips and tricks, creative packaging ideas, and a slew of recipes.

I decided on Goin’ Fishin’



tablespoons butter   or margarine


cups Corn Chex®,   Rice Chex® or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination)


cups tiny pretzel   fish-shaped crackers


cups bite-size   cheese crackers


package (1 oz) ranch   dressing and seasoning mix


cup grated Parmesan   cheese
For extra fish   appeal, and even more whimsy, use fish-shaped cheese crackers.


In large   microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or   until melted. Stir in cereal and crackers until evenly coated. Stir in   dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated.


Microwave uncovered   on High 3 minutes, stirring after every minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil   to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.
Oven Directions: Heat oven to 250°F. In ungreased large   roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in cereal and crackers until evenly   coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated. Bake 10 minutes,   stirring after 5 minutes. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 15   minutes. Store in airtight container

I placed my mix in Mason Jars to pass out at the party.

When I arrived I was greeted by the amazing aromas coming from the kitchen.  Our host outdid herself and made a beautiful combination of savory and sweet hors d’oerves.

Okay, so I was partial to the sweets, they were so good!! 

It was so nice to be able to sit down, relax, and hear about everyone’s New Year and Christmas.  While each of us loves our children it was so enjoyable to be in a kiddo free zone for a night.   We could sit our beverages on the coffee table without the fear of a toddler drinking it or knocking it over, we could actually say words like crap and that sucks (come on, you know you have your own select few you allow around adults too), and maintain eye contact with the person talking (I always feel so rude when someone is talking and I just start running off because I foresee some accident waiting to unfold, usually involving my preschool and toddler, they can be a dangerous combination).

Everyone sampled each others Chex Mixes.  Wow, I have to admit, I am not usually a huge fan of lemon but my two favorite Mixes had lemon in them. Then we exchanged Chex Mixes and the host even had beautiful container for each of us to take our Chex mixs home.

It was an all-around fabulous night and I would highly recommend a Chex Party Mix Exchange.  The added bonus, in addition to getting away from the kiddos and having some fun “mommy time” was that I went home with enough Chex Mix for my kiddos to snack on for the next two weeks.

Thank you for a wonderful night Lilly, you outdid yourself (and thank your mom too, please).

So, if you are looking for a great way to celebrate any occasion (hello, Valentines Day is right around the corner) host a Chex Party Mix Exchange and invite some of your friends over and exchange these delicious (and so easy to make) treats. Added bonus, if you are room mom or in charge of any child’s holiday party you will have plenty of treats to share (this means you have to do a lot less work, hello, sing me up, right!?!). So, Chex that off your list as a “to do” (too much?).

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you ever attended a Chex Mix Party Exchange? Would you contemplate hosting a Chex Mix Party Exchange? Do you have a favorite Chex Mix you make? Please share…

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