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Italian-Style Snack Mix

A touch of heat comes through in this tasty, toasty blend of cereals, pretzels and bagel chips. Parmesan, garlic and Italian seasonings boost the flavor of this fun energy mix. —Katie Golwitzer, Wilmington, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/2 quarts


  • 1-1/2 cups Corn Chex
  • 1-1/2 cups Rice Chex
  • 1-1/2 cups Wheat Chex
  • 1/2 cup garlic bagel chips
  • 1/2 cup miniature pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic salt, basil, oregano, pepper flakes and onion powder; pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes, stirring once. Stir in cheese. Cook 4 minutes longer, stirring twice. Spread onto waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 80 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 235mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • bjsilve0
    Aug 6, 2013

    Did not care for this and it is expensive to make.

  • Jaroburk
    Mar 7, 2013

    Sorry to say this recipe will burn as written! I used a glass microwave bowl and my mixture was burned after just 2 1/2 minutes. I should have just stopped when I stirred it after the first 1 1/2 minutes; that probably would've been about right. When all was done, I thought the mix was dry and did not have a very good flavor. The main flavor I tasted was the red pepper. I regret I didn't read the reviews before making this recipe.

  • maryvandorin
    Jan 26, 2012

    I did not care much for this recipe. The nutrition information is incorrect. 1/2 cup equals 120 calories.

  • Julie Magruder
    Mar 24, 2011

    I just tried to make this, and it burned after two minutes in the last cook cycle, and I did stir it. Not sure if there is a typo, or if I should have used a glass bowl instead of a plastic bowl.

  • JoelleB35
    Feb 17, 2011

    Really liked this, so did my kids. I had no problem with it burning. Make sure to stir 2 times like the recipe says. Nice snack! Thanks for the recipe!

  • theshaws
    Feb 5, 2011

    This recipe is a disaster! The mixture burned after 2 minutes in the final step. NEVER AGAIN!