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Great gatherings deserve standout snacks

OW Staff | 9/24/2008, 5 p.m.

A simple solution is to keep several recipes that call for on-hand ingredients within reach, so you can go from pantry to party in a snap.
One of America's classic snacks, Chex Party Mix, now offers a new way of entertaining family and friends with convenient 15-minute microwave preparation.
For more recipes and nutritional information, visit www.chex.com/recipes.

The Original Chex Party Mix
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite-size pretzels
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1.In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
2.Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.
For a big bold taste, add 2 tablespoons red pepper sauce with the seasonings.
Start to finish - 15 minutes. Makes 24 servings (1/2 cup each) - Courtesy of General Mills/Famil Features