Vintage Recipes: Cheese Snacks or The Original Chex Mix

This vintage recipe comes from “Easy Guide To Good Eating” in 1959. Brought to you by Ralston Purina. Which back then they made all the Chex cereals. And is now owned by Nestle. Yummers. Every time I see a vintage Ralston Purina recipe all I can see is bags of Purina chicken feed and Ralston dog food. But I digress. It’s a simple snack, easy to make up. And being savory/salty/crunchy it would have been dashing to serve with cocktails if your hip friends stopped in for a night cap.

And it’s got a great flavor.

The original recipe. It’s 3 ingredients and easy to make. If I was going to stand there that long, I was going to double the batch. So I did in my version.

Now then, the recipe calls for the pan to be put over the stove’s burner. In 1959 most people were still using metal pans. So do NOT do this with a Pyrex pan. OK? It will shatter if you do that!

Stirring the Chex cereal in the butter.

Spreading it out before baking.

It’s tasty warm, but let it cool. Then it gets nice and crispy, with the cheese enrobing it. Patience.

And do store it in an airtight container. You don’t want to lose that crispiness! Well, if you had leftovers that is.

Cheese Snacks


  • 4 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese (shelf stable kind)


Preheat oven to 300°. Get out a large rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

Melt butter in a wide large saucepan over low heat. Add in the Chex cereal and stir with a spatula for 5 minutes, stirring gently to lift the cereal and that you keep it moving.

Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with the cheese, stirring gently to full coat.

Spread on the baking sheet.

Place in oven, bake for 10 minutes. Stir at 4 and 8 minutes.

Let cool on a rack.

Store tightly sealed if not eating right away.