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Road Trip Trail Mix

RecipesCason Rainwater

Anybody suffering from summertime sadness yet? School starts back in just a matter of weeks. Your vacations are over. Worst of all, it’s hot as hades outside. I remember summers growing up when I was too old to have a babysitter, but too young to drive. I would be BOREDOUTTAMYMIND by now! If you find yourself on a Saturday with nothing to do before summer comes to a close, pack up the car and check out this list of 7 places in Georgia you didn’t know existed. Better yet, if you’re feeling super quirky check out Georgia’s best roadside attractions. You know what you’ll need to tackle Babyland General Hospital, the Jimmy Carter peanut statue, and Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon all in a day? A good road trip snack.

Kat and I have been known to make a mean trail mix! I’ve thrown everything from Cheetos to marshmallows in my mix. Whether you’re in the car, pre-gaming in a hotel room, or just came in from a long day at the beach, a trail mix is the perfect munchie when you’re on the road. I’m always trying out new snacks in my mixes but this recipe has been a staple in my family since before I was born. Dad made several batches at Christmas time and it was always out when we had guests over or in a big ziplock bag when we were on the road visiting family. It’s very similar to the signature Chex Mix recipe that you can find on the cereal box, but Dad added a couple tweaks that can’t be missed!

Rainwater Trail Mix

:: 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
:: 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
:: 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
:: 3 cups Cheerios cereal
:: 1 cup mixed nuts
:: 1 cup bite-sized pretzels
:: 1 cup garlic-flavor bagel chips
:: 12 tablespoons butter (1 and a half sticks)
:: 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
:: 3 teaspoons seasoned salt such as Lawry’s
:: 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
:: 1 teaspoon onion powder

1 | In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine all cereals, pretzels, nuts, and bagel chips. (For the bagel chips, if you don’t have bite-sized, just break into smaller pieces.)

2 | In a separate microwave-safe bowl, heat butter uncovered about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in the seasonings.

3 | Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture. Stir/toss well until evenly coated.

4 | Microwave uncovered on high 5 – 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes.

5 | Spread your mix out onto paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container or bag.

Make a batch of this and head out onto the open road this summer…before it’s too late!