Have you ever had Chex Mix?? We used to get it all the time, mix in some nuts, and munch on it for as long as it lasted... A couple of years ago, they made every single type- cheddar, spicy, sweet- "60% less fat!" At which time, it stopped being good, lol. I hadn't had Chex Mix for a very long time, but yesterday, I made my own kind of mix, and not only was it good, it was easy, very easy, which is, frankly, totally awesome. :]
5 cups of Chex cereal, whichever type is your preference- I used wheat Chex cereal.
2 cups of oyster crackers [you can find these on the chip/cracker aisle]
2 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half
1 1/2 cups sweetened, dried cranberries [trust me, it goes really well with this.]
1 can [about 2 cups] salted cashew halves
1/2 cup [1 stick] butter, melted
1 [1.1-1.4 ounce package] of Ranch, Caesar, or Italian dry salad dressing mix [I used a .7 ounce package of Italian, and a .4 ounce package of Ranch. You can find them in little packets on the salad dressing aisle.]
Other things you might need
large roasting pan
wooden spoon to stir
Heat oven to 300.
Combine all ingredients except the butter and dry salad dressing mix in a large roasting pan.
Melt butter and combine with the dry salad mix.
Pour the butter mixture over the Chex mixture and stir thoroughly to coat.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Have a party and enjoy!