March marks the beginning of that month-long craziness filled with college basketball. What makes it extra-special? This year, the NCAA Final Four is local to me! They’re hosting the finals in Dallas!
While we will be on pins and needles hoping for our favorite team to go far, I do know one thing: I’ve got a great snack, just in case we need to have a bit of a party for some crucial games. General Mills, the manufacturers of Chex cereals, contacted me and sent me a bunch of awesome Chex gear to get me on my way towards making an incredible gluten-free Chex mix recipe, just for you!
Now, most of the time I make snacks from scratch. Like this Roasted Tomato Almond Dip, for example. But sometimes, you need an easy crowd-pleaser, and there’s nothing wrong with reaching for a few good gluten-free items to make that happen. Chex mix is one such crowd-pleaser, and is easy and perfect for a party. Especially one involving beer, gluten-free or not!
And so I got to work. I made two different batches of Chex mix, actually, in the quest for the perfect “Buffalo Wing” flavor, using Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (which is gluten-free). The first batch was the easy-breezy recipe. It was tasty for sure – a bit of a kick, and it was a crowd-pleaser at my office. But it wasn’t a full “Buffalo Wing” taste. The flavor was there, but it wasn’t in your face. So I tried a second version. It took an additional step, but in my opinion, the results were well worth it. The second batch was full-on “Buffalo Wing”!
What was that additional step?
I made Frank’s Red Sauce “powder”. If you have a dehydrator, you can make this too! All I did was pour some sauce on my drying sheets, throw in the dehydrator, and forget about it for nearly a day. Then I broke off the dried sauce into chunks, pulverized it in my coffee grinder (I have a cheap one dedicated just for spice grinding – kind of like this one), and voila – I had Frank’s Red Hot Sauce “powder”. This stuff is kind of awesome, actually. I can’t wait to try it on other things. Popcorn is high on the list.
I am sharing with you both versions, so you can decide which way to go for yourself. They’re both delicious. My coworkers gobbled it up before the week was out, if that gives you any indication. And as for the gluten-free additions? Nobody knew any different. It was tasty, and that’s all that mattered.
So if you’re looking for an easy make-ahead snack and want a twist added to it, I encourage you to make some “Buffalo Wing” Chex mix! You’ll be glad you did.
In fact, General Mills has offered to give one of my readers the same fun package they gave me! It includes boxes of gluten-free Chex, coupons, a T-Shirt, some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and a reusable tote. It’s a great package and a perfect excuse to make some Chex mix!
Here’s how to enter to win:
- Leave a comment telling me your favorite kind of Chex (and even a favorite recipe to make with it!)
- Share this giveaway on Facebook and come back here and leave me a comment telling me you did so
- Tweet this giveaway on Twitter and come back here and leave me a comment telling me you did so
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That’s it!! The giveaway will end at 11:59PM CST on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents ages 18 and up.
Buffalo Wing” Chex Mix (gluten-free, dairy-free-adaptable)
3 c Rice Chex
3 c Corn Chex
1 c gluten-free bagel chips (such as Glutino), broken in half
1 c roasted peanuts
1 c gluten-free pretzels (such as Glutino), broken into smaller pieces if large
6 T butter or vegan buttery sticks, melted
1 1/2 T dried parsley
1 t dried dill weed
1 t garlic powder
1 1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t ground black pepper
1 t dried chives
1 t celery salt (only use 1/4-1/2 t if you use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce powder instead of liquid sauce)
3 T Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (either bottled sauce, or use my powder recipe below for more intense “buffalo” flavor)
Add the cereal, bagel chips, peanuts, and pretzels into a large microwaveable bowl. Mix together the melted butter/vegan butter, spices, and either the liquid Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or my powdered version (preferred) until well-mixed. Toss the butter with the cereal, ensuring everything is coated evenly.
Microwave for 6 minutes, stopping to stir well at least every 2 minutes. Spread out on paper towels to cool. If desired, sprinkle more Frank’s Red Hot Sauce “powder” over to up the “buffalo” intensity!
Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Frank’s Red Hot Sauce Powder (gluten-free, dairy-free)
1/2 c Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
Spread hot sauce out on a dryer sheet made for your dehydrator. Dehydrate at 140 degrees F for 20 hours or until thoroughly dry. Break into small pieces and pulverize in a blender or spice grinder. Store in an airtight container.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills/Chex. The opinions and text are all mine.