Want to make Chex Mix on the Blackstone to give as gifts this holiday season? Learn how to make a HUGE batch of bold Chex Mix on the flat top grill!
I make my favorite bold, savory Chex Mix every year around the holidays. As I pile boxes and boxes of cereal in the shopping cart, I tell my wife that we’re going to be giving most of it away as gifts to our neighbors and friends, but truth be told, I end up eating about 75% of it myself.
It’s really addicting.
So if you make this easy snack mix recipe, maybe have a little more restraint than me… or be prepared to buy a bigger belt.
Why I’m Only Making Chex Mix on the Griddle from Now On
As I mentioned, I’m no stranger to making homemade Chex Mix. And for the past decade or so, I’ve always made it in the oven. But cooking the Chex Mix in the oven takes forever, because my oven can only hold about 4 large sheet pans at a time, and I always make a giant batch. So I’m constantly having to rotate the sheet pans in and out of the oven, and I’m opening the oven door every 15 minutes or so to stir the snack so it cooks evenly.
And the mess in the kitchen afterwards is crazy.
But making the bold Chex Mix on the griddle is SO much easier AND faster! It only took me about 30 minutes to make a giant batch from start to finish, and I didn’t have 6 sheet pans to wash and 42,000 cereal pieces to sweep up afterwards.
Even my wife recognized how easy it was to make the Chex Mix on the Blackstone… and that’s really saying something (you guys know she can’t cook worth a darn!).
So after making Chex Mix on the flat top grill, I don’t think I’ll ever make it in the oven again.
What to Put in Bold Chex Mix
There are three main components to the perfect savory Chex Mix recipe: the dry cereal and snack foods, the wet ingredients, and the seasonings. Here’s what I use for my snack mix, which I actually call “Scrabble” instead of “Chex Mix”:
The Dry Cereal and Snacks
You can’t make Chex Mix without the most obvious ingredient, Chex cereal. But other than a few varieties of Chex, you’ll probably want to add in some other dry snacks also. Here’s what we add to our bold Chex Mix snack:
- Rice Chex cereal
- Wheat Chex cereal
- Kix cereal – I really like the slightly sweet addition from the Kix.
- Pretzel sticks
- Cheez-its cheddar snack crackers
- Mixed nuts
The Wet Ingredients
If Chex cereal is the most important ingredient in Chex Mix, then butter is the second… and this recipe takes a lot of butter!
If you’re making a large batch of snack mix like I did, then you’ll need a good amount of melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Those are the typical ingredients that you’ll melt down to form a “glue” for your seasonings to stick to.
But for this particular batch, I substituted Buffalo sauce for the hot sauce… it came out great!
The seasonings that you use for your bold Chex Mix are up to you. Feel free to experiment with your favorite bold seasonings, but for this recipe I used:
- granulated garlic
- Lawry’s seasoned salt
- some sort of spicy seasoning – I used Nashville Hot Rub for this particular batch, but in the past I’ve used cayenne pepper for heat.
How to Make Chex Mix on the Griddle
Step 1: Mix all of the cereal and snacks together.
First, you’ll need to mix all of your cereal, pretzels, nuts, and other dry snacks together. To do this most efficiently, I dump everything into a trash bag… and I also use whole boxes of cereals and snacks so I don’t have to waste time measuring out cups of cereal. Just make sure that you use a non-scented trash bag so that your snack doesn’t end up tasting like lavender or fresh spring roses.
It may seem odd adding your food to a trash bag, but working in restaurant kitchens for over a decade, I can tell you that it’s actually a very common practice. Some chefs use trash bags to marinate meat or make large batches of dry seasonings.
Plus, adding everything to a good sturdy trash bag makes it a lot easier to mix the seasonings and wet ingredients also.
Step 2: Make the butter and Worcestershire liquid.
In a saucepan on the griddle, melt the butter and add the Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Mix those ingredients together, and once the butter is completely melted, set the pan to the side to cool down just a bit.
Step 3: Mix the seasonings for your Chex Mix.
While your butter is melting, go ahead and mix up your blend of seasonings. Just add everything to a bowl and mix together well to make your own bold Chex mix blend.
Step 4: Add the wet ingredients and seasonings slowly.
There are a few different ways that you can add the melted butter mixture and seasonings to coat the cereal mix evenly. You can either:
- Add the ingredients to the trash bag, a small amount at a time, and gently toss the cereal and ingredients together in the bag by rotating it around.
- Add the melted butter and seasonings to the mixed up cereal after you’ve spread it evenly on your Blackstone griddle. Then use your spatulas to mix everything together while it’s on the griddle.
I personally prefer the trash bag method, because it’s very easy to incorporate the melted butter mixture and seasonings into the cereal using a gently “tumble” type motion – think of it as the “tumble dry low” setting on your dryer… crazy, I know.
The most important thing to remember about this step is to coat the cereal mix with the melted butter and Worcestershire mixture FIRST before adding the seasonings. The butter liquid acts like a glue and gives the dry seasoning something to hold on to.
Step 5: Toast the Chex Mix on the Blackstone until it’s dried out and crispy.
When all of the cereal mix is tossed together with the other ingredients, it’s time to start toasting it on the griddle. Just add the snack mix to the preheated griddle surface in an even, somewhat thin layer.
When you’re making Chex Mix on the griddle, you need to pay close attention to your flat top temperature. As any griddle owner knows, the surface can get super hot even on the low heat setting, and the cereal will burn quickly if you’re not careful.
So the biggest tip I can give you is to use your spatulas to stir the snack mix often. If it sits in one spot on the griddle for too long, especially as time goes by and the griddle temp rises, it’s more likely to burn.
And you definitely don’t need to put the griddle hood down for this. In fact, when I put the hood down on my griddle to test the cooking process, some of my snack mix burned… I was focused on letting the hood create more of a 360 degree, oven-like effect so the cereal ended up sitting on the griddle surface in one spot for a longer period of time, which caused it to get a little too crispy and blackened.
Step 6: Remove the Chex mix from the Blackstone griddle and allow it to cool.
When the bold Chex mix is done to your liking, you can transfer it to large mixing bowls to cool. The oils in the cereal and snack pieces will be super hot, so you don’t want to serve it right off the griddle.
I let mine cool and then I transfer it to gallon-sized Ziploc bags. But you can also package it up in gift tins or cellophane bags with ribbon to give as delicious holiday gifts… if you don’t eat it all first!
Griddle Chex Mix Recipe
Want to make this delicious and easy snack on your griddle? Print the recipe card down below!
Also, I want to note that this savory, bold Chex Mix recipe is definitely customizable… You can add in your own favorite seasonings, add more hot sauce or Worcestershire, use less seasoning, whatever.
*And if you want another recipe to use your Nashville Hot Rub, try these Easy Loaded Cheese Fries on the Griddle (with Frozen French Fries)!
Chex Mix on the Griddle
- 3 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
- 12 oz box Rice Chex
- 14 oz box Wheat Chex
- 8.9 oz box Cheerios
- 12 oz box Kix cereal
- 12.4 oz box Cheez-Its snack crackers
- 16 oz bag pretzel sticks
- 2 cups mixed nuts (optional)
- 14.5 oz bag Bugles chips
- ½ cup granulated garlic
- ¼ cup seasoned salt (like Lawry's seasoned salt)
- 1/4 cup Pit Boss Nashville Hot seasoning
- Preheat griddle on low.
- Combine granulated garlic, seasoned salt, and Nashville Hot rub in a medium bowl. Mix well and set to the side.
- In a small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter. Add the Worcestershire sauce and buffalo sauce to the melted butter. Stir to combine.
- Mix together all cereal, dry snacks, and nuts. I find it easiest to add all dry ingredients to a large, scent-free trash bag, but you can also use large mixing bowls.
- Add roughly one cup of the melted butter mixture at a time to the dry cereal snack mixture (in the trash bag or mixing bowls). After adding each cup of liquid, toss the cereal mixture to coat it with the butter liquid. Continue adding the wet ingredients and mixing with the snack mixture until done. When mixing, be careful not to crush the cereal pieces.
- When all of the wet ingredients are mixed in, lightly sprinkle in the seasoning mixture, about a small handful at a time. Toss the cereal snack mixture in between adding the seasoning mixture so that the cereal gets evenly seasoned, just like you did with the wet ingredients. Leave approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of seasoning for later, so you can adjust it to your liking.
- Add the Chex mix to the preheated griddle surface in an even, somewhat thin layer. Sprinkle on the leftover seasoning, if you wish. You can also taste the Chex mix to test for seasonings at this time. Add more melted butter and Worcestershire or more seasoning to your liking.
- Use your spatulas to gently and frequently stir the Chex mix on the griddle. You don't want the snack mix to sit untouched on the griddle surface for too long, because it will burn.
- Continue to toast the Chex mix on the griddle until it's dried out, crispy, and done to your liking. You may need to turn one or more griddle burners off to help keep the temperature low. (My Chex mix took about 25 minutes to toast.)
- When Chex mix is done, remove it from the griddle and allow it to cool before serving or transferring to food storage bags.
- This bold Chex mix recipe can be customized to your liking. Add or substitute other dry cereal or snacks like Corn Chex, bagel chips, Life cereal, etc.
- I did not use all of the dry seasoning mixture. Adjust the seasonings to your liking.
- You can substitute about half to one tablespoon of cayenne pepper or other spicy seasoning for the Nashville Hot seasoning.