On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….a great big bag of Covington Christmas Party Mix!
Making Party Mix at Christmastime has been an ongoing tradition for most of my life. My mama made it every year when I was growing up and for the first few years that Vince and I were married. These days, I’ve taken over the job and dedicate one full day each December to make between fifteen and twenty recipes to share with our friends and family. While I claim the recipe as one of my own, the truth is, it’s actually Mama’s. Lemon juice is her secret ingredient. It’s the best I’ve ever tasted!
Covington Christmas Party Mix
The secret ingredient in my party mix is the lemon juice! Make your own version of party mix with these seasonings and use 12 cups of your favorite snack stuff!
1 stick butter, melted
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 teaspoons seasoned salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups corn cereal
2 cups rice cereal
1 cup wheat cereal
2 cups pretzels
2 cups small bagel chips
1 cup cheese-flavored mini crackers
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup mixed nuts
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a small bowl, combine butter with seasonings and lemon juice. Place remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour butter mixture over snack mix, toss lightly to coat well. Spread party mix evenly on two baking sheets. Bake until ingredients are completely dry, stirring every 20 minutes. Serves 12 to 15.
The key to really good Party Mix is to be sure that the snack mix is completely dry. I usually turn the oven off and leave the Party Mix in the baking pans overnight to be sure that there’s no moisture in one single morsel. Party Mix will last for about five weeks stored in an air-tight container. That’s assuming there’s any left. It’s addictive!
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back tomorrow — and every day through December 25th. I’ll be posting NEW Christmas recipes each day. Merry Christmas!