Chex Mix is sometimes referred to as party mix, which honestly might be the most obvious name for any food ever, given it pretty much feels like a party whenever you dig into some.
So why even upgrade something that's so genuinely tasty already? Well, because of just how much more fun classic party mix can be. There is so much room for extra zing and pizzazz — be it in the form of spicy or sweet stir-ins. And the best part is that you don't even need to make Chex Mix from scratch: All of these fun new combos and flavors can start with a bag of purchased Chex Mix. So get the party started with one of these 10 awesome tiny recipes.
How to Upgrade Chex Mix
The fastest way to upgrade Chex Mix is to start with a bag from the store. But if you have a little extra time, I encourage you to try making it from scratch. If you lean on your slow cooker, it involves barely any hands-on time and results in a party mix that's flavorful, crunchy, and irresistible.
From there, it's just a matter of how you incorporate the add-ins. Maybe it's swapping in a spicy sauce in place of the more traditional Worcestershire sauce, or ditching the savory flavors completely and replacing them with sweet ingredients, or simply stirring in a couple of extras at the end.
Savory, Spicy Chex Mix Twists
Give that party mix a spicy, salty, sour kick with the help of the Mexican spice blend Tajin. Or turn it into a fiesta mix by tossing it with taco seasoning. If neither options are spicy enough for you, then I'd suggest going for this chili cheese twist or shaking in some Buffalo sauce for a snack that just might be even more tasty than wings.
Chex Mix as a Sweet Treat
If you're craving a Chex Mix that leans sweet, but is still savory enough for pre-dinner snacking, brown butter and honey will do the trick. Inch a little sweeter by turning it into a treat reminiscent of peanut butter and jelly or taking it on a tropical getaway with the help of coconut and dried pineapple. Or fall completely into dessert territory by choosing between a rocky road-inspired twist, a cinnamon-laden churro version, or a movie-watching-worthy Snickers upgrade.