Sweet and Savory…”Crack”

I just made a really yummy version of Chex Mix that is both sweet and savory.  Like me!

I created this new snack mix out of necessity.  I didn’t have all the ingredients for either of the recipes I wanted to use, so I decided to combine the two and create a new snack mix of my own!   I don’t know what I want to call it, yet, but I know I’m hooked.

It has a light, sweet flavor with the occasional savory bite.

The first thing you must do is grab some honey.   But, unfortunately, I had to de-crystallize (is that a correct kitchen term?  Is that even a word??) my wild honey.  (No, not ThrillCam.)   You can do this by placing the jar of honey in a small saucepan with a few inches of water, over a low heat. 

Don’t rush it.  Let the honey warm slowly.  Your honey should eventually “thaw” out and become one with itself.  (Whatever that means….)

Once your honey is ready, add 1 cup honey to 1/4 cup oil (I used canola, but you can use vegetable–just don’t use olive.  bleechh!  That would taste grody, I would think.)

Set your honey/oil mixture aside and let it marry.  (It won’t.  But, that sounded very chefesque.)

In a large bowl, place 5 cups of Rice Chex (or Wheat, or Corn, or a combo).

Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup oats to the cereal.  (just ‘cuz…)

A little extra fiber never hurt anyone.  Know what I mean, Vern? 

Mix it up.

Now, pour that yummy honey all over the cereal/oat mixture.

Don’t be shy….drench it!

Mix the cereal and honey until evenly coated.

Spread the cereal on a foil-lined cookie sheet (you can also spray the foil with a little cooking spray, if you’d like) and bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during that time.

Bake to a golden brown.

In the meantime,  melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine (I’m a butter girl, myself), in a medium bowl.  To the butter add the following ingredients:

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. celery salt

Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the melted butter.  (I only had this kind, but I bet finely shredded would mix more evenly.)

To the butter/Parmesan mixture, add 12 oz. mixed nuts.   Coat those babies.

And, once again, on a foil-lined cookie sheet, place the nuts.  And, once again, bake at 300 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Allow the nuts to cool. 

Then, when cooled, combine the honey-coated cereal and the butter-coated nuts together in a large bowl and mix well.  Allow them to mix and mingle, really get to know one another….

You’ll be happy your introduced them to each other. 

I put mine in my new Dallas Cowboys bucket we brought home from the new Cowboys stadium!  (that’s another post for another day)

Serve this at the next Cowboys play-off game!  Or, serve it when watching the Cowboys win the Super Bowl! 

Or, put it in a nice nondescript bowl and enjoy!

This stuff, whatever you want to call it, and whatever you choose to serve it in, is surprisingly addictive. 

With love, from your “supplier,”




  1. Anne


    This sounds absolutely wonderful! I think I will try it this weekend when we are hanging out around the house. Thanks for sharing!


    • Elizabeth Simmons

      I hope you like, Anne! (How are you?!!) I’m thinking about adding a little cayenne to the butter mixture, next time… This is one of those recipes that can be played with quite a bit.

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