It’s a Christmas miracle – I won a Chex Party Mix-Change!
While Bug and I attended the Black Friday Chex Mix event at the Mall of America, I entered to win a Chex Party Mix-Change and then immediately forgot about it. So, when I received the congratulatory email a couple weeks later, I was more surprised than anyone because I don’t win things. Like ever.
Despite my surprise, I got to work getting my Chex Party planned. What is a Chex Party Mix-Change you ask? It’s a cookie swap with a twist. Instead of exchanging cookies, Chex mixes are swapped (there are 70 recipes that can be made in 15 minutes or less). Guests will go home with a variety of Chex mixes to share with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.
For my party, I invited over a dozen or so fun and festive friends. We decided on a list of Chex mix recipes we would make and I grabbed the ingredients with my winnings. I also picked up some pretty gift boxes for my guests to take their loot home in. We packed into my smallish kitchen and dining area and mixed to our hearts delight. We made: Loaded Baked Potato, Chili-Lime, Barbeque, Muddy Buddies, Holiday Caramel, Sugar Cookie (which I posted in November), Caramel Crispy, Buffalo, Snickerdoodle, Cranberry Orange, Original and, the most popular one that I am sharing below, Peppermint and Chocolate.
My friends jumped right in and mixed up a tasty storm. I only mixed up one of them myself because I was too busy talking (and hopefully assisting). Turns out, it didn’t matter. Batch after batch were laid out until the rest were finished. To help keep things straight, I printed little sticker labels which were laid by each finished mix so we knew which was which.
When all were prepared, everyone got a little of each. While I was able to snag the gift boxes at a heavy discount, they weren’t quite right. So, in the too-large boxes, I stuck six extra-large cupcake liners. When they were filled with the mixes, six fit perfectly.
I always have trouble taking pictures when I’m having fun but fun we had. I so enjoyed being with my friends during this season and I think they enjoyed it too. It was decided we would do it again next year which each person heading up a Chex recipe they choose. I can’t wait!
The favorite of the mixes was Peppermint & Chocolate. It was the only one that was completely gone after the mixes were distributed. That was evidence enough for me to make a few more batches to use as gifts and as food for holiday gatherings.
Melted white chocolate and crushed peppermint is poured over Rice and Chocolate Chex and then laid out to harden. Did you know that the cereal bag can be pulled apart and laid flat and used to lay the cereal on? My friend Susan showed this trick to us at the party. So great!!
Then, melted dark chocolate is drizzled over the coated Chex and then topped with the remainder of the crushed peppermint.
When it has hardened, gently break it into small clusters and try not eat it all yourself. If you do, no big deal. You can easily make another batch (or batches). :)
So so good.
PS. Tomorrow is the last day of the Homemade for the Holidays series!