Whew! Christmas has come and gone. All the decorating, shopping, wrapping, and cooking is done, and the New Year is almost upon us.
When I was a kid, I loved it when my parents would have a New Year's Eve party. There were always so many good things to nibble on. One of my favorites was the Chex mix. Only then, I didn’t know that I wasn’t eating Chex mix, I was eating Uncle Ross’s Party Mix. As an adult, I would make the “Chex” mix, and it never tasted like my mom's. I finally just asked her about it, and she told me her recipe for the “mix” wasn’t on the Chex box. Astonished, I asked why no one had ever told me this! How can we all be a part of this family and no one had shared this with me?! She just shrugged and said she didn’t even think of it. What! Really?
Just a few weeks ago I took some of this “mix” to a little gathering. One of my mom's oldest friends called me a few days later and said she hadn’t had Chex mix in so long and made it after having mined the other day. She said hers was just blah compared to mine and wanted to know what I put in it that made it different. She was, like I was, astonished I didn’t use the recipe on the box, but something very different. I’m telling you now, it’s not fat-free, but it is totally one of the best things you will ever eat! You will never go back to the recipe on the Chex box again. So with my cousin Sally’s blessing, I share with you her dad's Party Mix recipe. Thanks so much, Sally!

Uncle Ross’s Party Mix

  • 2 pounds of mixed nuts
  • 7 ounces of Cheerios
  • 6 ounces of rice Chex
  • 6 ounces wheat Chex
  • 6 ounces corn Chex
  • One bag stick pretzels
  • 1 cup of butter melted
  • 1 cup bacon grease melted
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

Melt butter and bacon grease, over low heat. Add Worcestershire, and garlic mix to combine.
In a large roaster or metal, bowl combines all other ingredients. Pour seasoning liquid over dry ingredients and mix gently. Place in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 1/2 hours, stirring every half hour. Pour out onto a baking sheet to cool completely. Store in airtight containers.

I don’t like wheat Chex, so I substitute holiday goldfish crackers in mine. This recipe makes a ton! Which is good, because people will want to take some home with them!