December 28, 2016

Slow Cooker Savory Ranch Chex Mix

I'm used to seeing LOADS of recipes for sugary, dessert-style Chex Mix, but I hardly see any for savory. For some reason, when I saw this it sounded really good to me and I had to try it! I needed a kid-friendly appetizer for a family Christmas party and I knew this would do the trick. It was so addicting, too!
This mix was super easy to throw together and it becomes so crunchy and tasty in the slow cooker.

Unfortunately my slow cooker has a few hot spots so some pieces on the bottom got burnt and I had to cut the cooking time. If you have a new slow cooker you shouldn't have this issue, but be sure to watch for any burning.

Anyway, this would be perfect for a New Year's Eve snack or for an upcoming Super Bowl party!

Slow Cooker Savory Ranch Chex Mix
Adapted from Oh Sweet Basil
1/3 cup butter
1 packet ranch dip mix
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
5 cups corn or rice Chex
3 cups mini pretzel twists
3 cups oyster crackers
3 cups Cheezit crackers

1. In a glass measuring cup, melt the butter in 15 second intervals in the microwave. Stir in the ranch, Worcestershire, sugar, and corn syrup.
2. Spray a slow cooker pot with nonstick spray or line with a slow cooker bag. Add the cereal, crackers and pretzels.. Add the sauce and stir well to coat every piece. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, stirring at hour 1, hour 2 and one final time at 2½ hours. (Mine started to burn after 2 hours so be sure to check and stop cooking if yours does, too!)
3. Pour everything onto wax paper to cool completely. Place into a large bowl for serving.

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