A favorite holiday tradition, Grandma’s Famous Chex Mix is loved by all! Buttery pretzel snaps, crunchy cereal pieces, all tossed in a flavorful blend of spices and baked to perfection!
Do you have a family holiday tradition that you absolutely love?
I am a huge sucker for traditions. But that is probably because growing up I didn’t have many. At least none of the long standing ones that were passed down from generation to generation.
Both my parents grew up in complete chaos. Divorce, alcoholism, drugs, abuse, and even suicide. You name it and it probably happened. My dad grew up raising himself. His Dad disappeared when he was two and his Mother spent most of his childhood trying to find herself….parenting just wasn’t her forte. Which is probably why his Sister, who suffered from mental illness, grew up in a government home. Sad stuff.
My Mother’s situation wasn’t much better. Her Dad found his peace at the bottom of a bottle every night and while her Mother did the best that she could, she suffered from depression and often was bed ridden. They both passed at a young age.
Depressing, I know. But stick with me because this story gets much better.
The amazing thing about God in all his goodness, is that we all have a choice. So when my parents met, they decided it was time to start over. No more drugs and alcohol and definitely no association with their dysfunctional past. It was a full 180° for them. It turned out to be a huge success. Sadly it meant disconnecting with their immediate family.
Flash forward 33 years. I grew up in a beautiful home where there was an abundance of love. My parents have had 6 kids, been married for over 30 years and growing up there wasn’t an alcohol bottle in sight. It must have been divine intervention because you would never be able to guess where they came from. We grew up with principles, a lot of forgiveness, but most of all, a lot of love.
The holiday season is our favorite time of year. We love to be together. 6 kids, plus our own husbands, kids and boyfriends/girlfriends makes for a crowded Christmas morning…but those long standing traditions have always been missing. The kind that get passed down from Great-Grandmothers.
So when I met Nick, I decided to adapt some of his family traditions. His Grandma Nadine and even Great Grandma have been making this Scrabble Mix for years. Now this tradition has been passed down to our family. I have the old handwritten recipe. It always makes me think about what their Christmas must have been like. I get a big smile on my face when I think that 60 years ago they were probably whipping up a batch of this same Scrabble mix.
I hope you enjoy this snack mix as much as our family does. This makes a huge batch which is the best part, it’s perfect for sharing.
“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something beautiful. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.”
- 2 Cups Wesson Oil Blend (canola and vegetable oil)
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt
- 2½ Boxes Crispix (1/2 Box = 6 Cups)
- 1 Box Quaker Oat Squares (I used Brown Sugar Flavor)
- 1 Box Quaker Oat Bran Squares
- 1 (12 oz.) Package Pretzels (I used Butter Snaps)
- 1 (8 oz.) Package Rye Chips (I used Gardetto's Special Request)
- Heat the oven to 250°. In a bowl, mix the oil, Worcestershire Sauce, and both salts. Set aside.
- Using a very large plastic bag (I used a trash bag), add in the oat squares, pour about 4 to 6 tablespoons of the oil mixture over the oats. Tossing gently to distribute the seasonings. Add all of the remaining cereals to the bag, adding about half of the remaining oil mixture (make sure to mix up the oil with a whisk before adding), toss gently to mix. Next, add in the pretzels, rye chips and remaining oil. Toss gently but thoroughly. Divide the mix into two large baking pans (I used two large rectangular aluminum disposable roasting pans). Bake for 2 hours. Tossing every 30 minutes to avoid burning. Rotate the pans twice throughout the baking process. Cool and store in airtight containers.