Ranch Slow Cooker Chex Mix Made Easy

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Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting!

 

This post is sponsored on behalf of Glad and Hidden Valley Ranch. All opinions are our own.

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

What is it about a big bowl of snack mix that’s so irresistible? It doesn’t matter that I literally just finished a meal, or dessert, or both, I see a big bowl full of a sweet or salty snack mix, much like this ranch slow cooker chex mix and something in me awakens. Must. Try. It!

Are Slow Cookers Safe?

Slow Cookers are safe for countertop cooking for extended periods of time.

It is safe to leave your  slow cooker on while you are out of the house.

The slow cooker runs on very low wattage, allowing you to cook a meal over an 8-10 hour period of time.

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

We ran off to Walmart the other day as I needed a few decorations and baking needs for an upcoming holiday party and I didn’t want to drive all over town, getting myself and a baby in and out of the car for hours. One stop was all I had the energy for. While inside I noticed a little package of oyster crackers. Yes, oyster crackers.

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Our oldest daughter got it in her head that she wanted some with chicken soup, but I continually forgot to buy them. Well, I tossed them in the cart, the way we all do and then I noticed a box of Cheez-it crackers on sale so suddenly I was tossing that in too, and heck, if the pretzels are 2/$3 why the heck not?!

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Glad Press’n Seal

 

Just as I was about to check out I realized if I was going to buy this I better make it into something for the party. Someone had ditched a roll of Glad® Press’n Seal® by the bin o’ movies  and suddenly I knew what to do. A snack mix in the slow cooker and I could cover our counter with the Press’n Seal so they could dry and I wouldn’t have to clean again.

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

That’s my thing. When we have a party I do as much prep work ahead of time as possible so the party is never a stress and I can enjoy it.

A Slow cooker is a great option to set and forget and the Press’n Seal not only allowed the crackers to cool without pulling out a pan, but I also threw the snack into the serving bowl and covered it so I really was ready without needing to fill dishes and arrange food.

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

What’s in Ranch Slow Cooker Chex Mix?

Each item is needed as the pretzels bring the salty but in a different way.

Yes, size and shape actually do make an impact on the end result of a dish.

The oyster crackers were buttery pillows, the cheez-its perfectly cheesy, the corn Chex give an overall fall harvest vibe and the peanuts get a little more round and add a totally different feel in the mix.

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Pull out your Hidden Valley® Ranch packet  that I know you have lying around from making our 3 ingredients slow cooker roast.  It’s the ranchiest so don’t you dare not use it, mix it with a little sugar and Karo syrup to create a nice, crunchy coating, oil for the roasting and worcestershire. That will really pump up the savory factor.

 

Are  Slow Cookers and Crock Pots the Same Thing?

A crock pot is actually a type of slow cooker, so they are very similar, but not all slow cookers are also crock pots.

A crock pot is a type of slow cooker with a stoneware pot that sits inside a surrounding heating element.

A slow cooker is a usually metal pot that sits on top of a heating surface.

 

How to Make Chex Mix in a Slow Cooker

Pour everything in the slow cooker, stirring occasionally.

Pour out to cool on two pieces of Glad Press’n Seal up to 2 days ahead of time (see, get it done early!!).

Then store everything in the serving bowl (how fun is this one?!) with Press’n Seal over the top.

Discard the plastic from the table.

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

 

You are going to be munching on this stuff all day until your guests arrive, just to warn you! Hide that stuff where you wont be tempted!

 

 

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

Candied Nuts Snack Mix

Everything you could want in a snack, crunchy, salty, sweet, chocolate and bursts of bright, juicy fruit flavor. This stuff is crazy addicting!! I'll be living off of it all winter long ohsweetbasil.com

The Perfect Soft Pretzel

If there’s anything I can convince you to try this week it would be these big, fat, fluffy soft pretzels.

The perfect recipe for soft salted pretzels ohsweetbasil.com

Ranch Slow Cooker Chex Mix Made Easy

Ranch Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup Butter (5 1/3 Tablespoons)
  • 1 Packet Hidden Valley® Ranch Dip Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Karo Syrup
  • 4 Cups Corn Chex
  • 3 Cups Mini Pretzels
  • 3 Cups Oyster Crackers
  • 3 Cups Cheezit Crackers
  • 1 Cup Dry Roasted Lightly Salted Peanuts

Directions:

  1. In a glass measuring cup, melt the butter in 15 second intervals in the microwave.
  2. Stir in the ranch, Worcestershire, sugar, and Karo syrup.
  3. Spray a slow cooker pot with nonstick spray or line with a slow cooker bag.
  4. Add the cereal, crackers, pretzels and peanuts.
  5. Add the sauce and stir well to coat every little piece.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring at hour 1, hour 2 and one final time at 2 1/2 hours, or as needed to keep the bottom layer from burning.
  7. Pour everything onto two sheets of Glad Press’N Seal to cool.
  8. Place all snacks into a large bowl Cover with [url:2]Glad Press’N Seal[/url] to keep fresh until it’s time for the party.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8-10, Serving Size: 1/2 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 394 Calories
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Sugar: 5.1g
  • Protein: 9g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad & Hidden Valley Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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50 comments on “Ranch Slow Cooker Chex Mix Made Easy”

  1. I appreciate this recipe with all healthy ingredients. This proved to be very helpful and was different from others. I hope you will upload more recipes like this.

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  3. My batch burned as well. Disappointed since the ingredients costs me almost $15.00. There seems to be a definite difference between the “low” temperature on your crock pot vs. many others.

    • Hi Tricia, Were you stirring often and making sure to pull up all of the pieces from the bottom. We’ve made this in all three of our slow cookers and have yet to have an issue, so just trying to figure out what could be happening.

  4. Wow! This is delicious!! Made it last week to take on a trip with us, and only about 1/4 of it made it to the trip (due to the rest being eaten before)…the last 1/4 got devoured the first quarter of the trip! Definitely a keeper! Thanks!

  5. If you double the recipe do you increase the cook time?

  6. A couple questions, 
    First- with the sugar and corn syrup, does this make it sweet? I’m looking for a really ranch-y flavor.
    Second- couldn’t I do this in, say, a baking dish in the oven? To avoid the burning that everyone is talking about.
    Thank you! 🙂

    • It doesn’t end up sweet at all but it does help everything to stick to the crackers.
      Yes, you could, but I think it’s the mixing often that will be the most helpful.

  7. I read the reviews about the mix burning so I used a crock pot liner, set on low & completely stirred every 30 minutes.  Between the 2 hour stir & 2 1/2 hour stir it had burned to the bottom.  I am not impressed with the process.  The entire mix tastes of the burned pieces that were dispersed throughout the mixture.  There is no separating the burned from the non burned.   It ended up in the waste basket.  I’m glad I did make this 2 days ahead of my planned family  gathering was recommended.  It allows me adequate time to rebound and make a batch of regular Chex mix.   

    • Hmmmm, I’m still pretty convinced that slow cookers heat differently as now years later we still have yet to have any issues. I’m sorry that you experienced that.

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  16. What size crockpot did you use for this recipe? I’m looking to make a double batch, so not sure if I’ll need to make the two batches separately? Thanks!

  17. Did not care for the flavor combination at all. The sugar and corn syrup burned in the crock pot even though I stirred it every hour and left it on low. Sorry, not a keeper for us.

    • Hi Debra,

      The mixture shouldn’t have burned at all unless the heating elements are going higher than low. I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy the flavors. Everyone definitely has their own flavors they love. Thanks for commenting.

      • I have to say the first time I made it, it also burned in the crock pot – I had it on low. I had to pick out several black pieces before I served it. I liked the flavor but will use the oven next time….

      • Hi Debbie,
        Thank you for sharing. The tricky thing about recipes is that all appliances don’t cook the same and this is a good reminder. Definitely wise to watch how things are going and never miss stirring. If you notice it’s cooking faster always stir more often than once an hour. Glad you enjoyed the flavor but wish I could have saved you the burned pieces.

    • Like the flavor but my batch also burned.  Disappointed.  

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  19. This is in my crock pot right now and it smells delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Merry Christmas ?

  20. I made it for my family. Delicious

  21. How long does this keep? Planning to make for Christmas, plus some extra to add to gift baskets. Thanks!!

  22. Fast help please….Do you mean the HR DIP mix or the Salad dressing mix???
    You mentioned both…Store trip tomorrow :>)
    Thanks, Conni

  23. Awesome idea for Chex Mix. My kids would love this.

  24. So smart to make this in a slow cooker!!

  25. My family goes nuts for Chex Mix! Love this!

  26. My mom used to make buckets of Chex Mix around the holidays when I was a kid! I love your version 🙂

  27. Yum! I can’t wait to try this one out!