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TIP OF THE DAY: Host A Holiday Chex Mix Exchange

Have you participated in a holiday cookie exchange? It’s a tradition in many homes.

Each participant bakes a large batch of a particular cookie recipe, then meets up at the host’s home for a cookie exchange, where everyone trades some of their batch for other participants’ cookies. The parties are also an occasion to share a cup of coffee and tea—or something stronger—and catch up with friends.

Everyone goes home with different types of cookies to serve over the holidays.

The folks at Chex, who introduced America to Chex Party Mix, are looking to save you time (and a sugar high) over the holidays. They’d like you to turn the cookie exchange into a Chex Mix exchange.

We like the idea!

  • Instead of scores of sweet cookies, there are sweet and savory Chex Mixes.
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    Instead of a holiday cookie exchange,
    go exchange crunchy Chex snack mixes.
    Photo courtesy General Mills.

     

  • Chex cereals are full of fiber: Each variety provides at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving, towards the recommended daily 48 grams.
  • Instead of hours baking and cleaning in the kitchen, you can turn out Chex Mix recipes in the microwave in 15 minutes—less time than it takes to preheat the oven for cookies.
  • And there’s something for everyone: some 70 recipes, plus 20 gluten-free options.
     
    And of course, you can create your own Chex Mix. Our specialty is a Japanese Chex Mix with rice cracker snacks, wasabi peas and dry-roasted edamame—terrific with Martinis, Bloody Marys and beer (recipe below).
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    Hosting a Chex Mix Exchange Party involves minimal planning and preparation. You can find all the information at Chex.com, including invitations, packaging ideas and shopping lists.

    Let us know your favorite recipe!

    Find more of our favorite snacks and recipes in our Gourmet Snacks Section.

    RECIPE: NIBBLE ON THIS! JAPANESE CHEX MIX

    Ingredients

  • 4 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 4 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Japanese rice crackers
  • 2 cups honey-roasted almonds (optional)
  • 1 cup wasabi peas
  • 1 cup dry-roasted edamame
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
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    Preparation
    1. In large microwavable bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
    2. In small microwavable bowl or measuring cup, microwave butter uncovered on High for 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in soy sauce. Pour over dry mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
    3. Microwave bowl of mix uncovered on High for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring every two minutes. Spread on foil, wax paper or paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container.

      





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