When you think about it, summer is really all about the SNACKS. There’s barbeques, picnics, pool-side munchin’, long road trips…the list of prime snacking opportunities goes on and on. When you’re laying out on a towel workin’ on your tan or playing beach volleyball all day, you’re not trying to sit down and order a giant steak. You’re trying to eat a million snacks and call it a day! I’m a major proponent of snacking all year around, but summer activities especially require some seriously delicious munchies.
This year, I wanted to elevate some of the snacks I usually buy at the grocery store because, let’s be real, homemade is pretty much always worth it. This spicy Chex Mix made with a hefty dose of Sriracha is a prime example of the magic that happens when you make something in your own kitchen instead of buying it in a bag. It seriously should not even share the same name with the pre-packaged stuff, because it tastes so incredibly different – so much more flavor and texture, and no sketchy preservatives or weird ingredients.
This spicy Sriracha Chex Mix is seriously incredible – it’s spicy and salty without being overpowering, and there’s major textural variety from the cereal, Cheez-its, pretzels, and peanuts. It’s insanely addicting and dangerously easy to make – give yourself 10 minutes to put it together and an hour in the oven and you have a delicious homemade snack ready to go!
Bring this spicy Sriracha Chex Mix to your next summer barbeque/pool-side lounge session and everyone will seriously love you. And also hate you, because they’re trying to look good in their bikinis and you’re making it hard by bringing a giant bowl of the most addictive snack that ever existed. But mostly love you.
- 6 cups mixed Chex cereal (I used half Wheat Chex and half Corn Chex)
- 1 ½ cups Cheez-Its, or other cheddar-flavored crackers
- 1 ½ cups pretzels
- 1 cup peanuts
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- ¼ cup Sriracha
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. grated ginger (or powdered ginger)
- 1 tsp. grated garlic (or garlic powder)
- Preheat your oven to 250°F.
- Mix the Chex, Cheez-Its, pretzels, and peanuts in a large bowl. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, Sriracha, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Microwave the mixture in 15-second intervals until the butter is melted. Stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture evenly over a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until the Chex Mix is crunchy. Allow to cool. Once cool, store in an airtight container.
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