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Making Garlic Parmesan Chex Mix

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We’re getting ready for the holidays around here. The decorations are up, the baking has started and the gifts are piling up in their secret spot.  The kids are on a snack kick. Shaun is only ten but can eat like a man so I have to come up with new ideas. This Garlic Parmesan Chex Mix is a new snack mix that I prefer much better than chips or cookies.  And the best thing was he was able to make it pretty much on his own.Garlic Parmesan Chex Mix #KidsintheKitchen

 The idea for Chex Mix is simple, put together a bowl of related ingredients, add the flavoring and mix it up.  To get an extra crunch on savory mixes I like to toss them in oven for 10 minutes. For sweet mixes I like to pop in the fridge for the chocolate or caramel to harden up.

Shaun made this one for Rob because he knows his dad loves snacking food while watching tv. I like getting him in the kitchen helping out as much as possible. His attention span for cooking is short so I need to keep him busy. Chex Mix does the trick because there’s a lot of measuring and mixing he can do.  Stove work is ok too as long as I’m right next to him.


  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Corn Chex
  • 1 cup broken bagel or pita chips
  • 1 1/2 cup pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup oyster crackers
  • 1 cup lightly salted, roasted almonds
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried basil, crushed
  • pinch red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheesemaking chex mix #kidsinthekitchen


In a large bowl mix all of your snack ingredients.

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making chex mix #kidsinthekitchen

In a small saucepan over medium low heat combine butter, oil, herbs and spices and blend till hot but not bubbling.

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Pour over snack mix and gently but quickly stir to coat. Sprinkle cheese over mixture and blend again till coated.

Pour onto a cookie sheet and pop into a 350° oven for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool then enjoy.

Garlic Parmesan Chex Mix #KidsintheKitchen

The beauty of these snack mixes is you can adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes. Adding popcorn, goldfish, bacon bits or even switching the nuts can make any snacker happy. The same goes for the flavors.  If you enjoy the rosemary over oregano, make the switch.

These are simple go to recipes especially for the holidays. Get your kids in the kitchen and get their hands dirty with some mixing, prepping and cooking.
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  1. Thanks for hosting, Melinda! We need to try making Chex Mix. I never thinking of making a snack like that.

    Have a great holiday!

  2. Looks yummy! I love chef mix!

  3. thank you so much for the party! I wish you a holly jolly holiday! 🙂

  4. MMM!! YUM! I love the flavor combo – I never would have thought about garlic and parmesan!

  5. This looks yummy and super easy! Thank you!

  6. This sounds absolutely scrumptious! I love your creative take on Chex Mix.
    Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family! Much love, Becky

  7. Mmm that Garlic Parmesan Chex Mix looks awesome! I’m not a fan of the store bought kind so this is right up my alley! Oh and thanks for the linky! I added my DIY Burlap Banner!

  8. Great idea!! I bookmarked the recipe for later on!

  9. Oh, yum! That looks and sounds so delicious. I love the idea of making my own.

  10. I’m not a huge garlic fan (weird, I know) but I would love this with just the parmesan flavoring, YUM!

  11. I bet my daughter would love to make this, she is all about the savory snacks! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  12. What a great recipe for kids to make. I will attempt to make cookies for Santa with my 4yr old today…wish me luck.
    Love your blog too!

  13. Oh my gosh, these look and sounds amazing! I can just almost taste them! Pinning! And stopping by from Family Fun Friday.

  14. Wow, I have never even thought to make this, but it sure does look yummy! I know my kids would love it! I wish they made gluten free Chex Mix!

  15. I love Chex Mix. I have never had a garlic Parmesan version. The flavors sound yummy. I will definitely have to check this out while the kids are on holiday.

  16. Betty Baez says

    Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe this sounds really good!

  17. I could snack on this mix all day long. I love the combination of textures and flavor.

  18. This is a fun new version of chex mix. I love all kinds, so I’ll have to try this.

  19. I LOVE Chex Mix and it doesn’t get boring because there’s so many different things inside!

  20. Yummy! I’m whipping up a Chex Mix snack for a Saturday Christmas party. They are the best and everyone loves them.

  21. Never heard of this version. Thanks! I love Chex Mix

  22. oyster crackers IN chex mix. that might be genius. and now i want chex mix 🙁

  23. Love this recipe – simple and quick but a big hit. I love that it gets kids in the kitchen too.

  24. Wow. My family loves chex mix, but i don’t think we have ever flavored them like this. I’m going to try it this week.

  25. Love this recipe. Looks so good and simple to make. My kids love to have this kind of stuff to take for snacks at school.


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