Flavored Chex with square-shared hard pretzels and sesame sticks.

Sichuan Chex Mix


Chris grew up eating his mother’s delicious homemade Chex mix, which she made in truly massive batches. He never stopped to think about about how so much Chex mix could be produced from a home kitchen though. Many years later it finally dawned on Chris - he had known there was an oven under the microwave and an oven under the cooktop, but he’d never put it together - there were two ovens!

Many years later, after being introduced to the numbing sensation of the ingredient, Chris became obsessed with Sichuan pepper - trying it in a number of different recipes. This variation of the classic American snack really lets the Sichuan pepper shine.





  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Stir in the rest of the sauce ingredients.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the Chex, pretzels, and sesame sticks.
  5. While continuing to stir the Chex mix, slowly pour the sauce onto it.
  6. Transfer the mix into two large open roasting pans and put in the oven.
  7. Bake for about an hour, stirring on the 15, 30, 45, and 55 minute marks. Continue to bake, checking at 5 to 10 minute intervals, until the Chex are no longer moist.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


For those who like it spicy, add an extra 1 Tbsp of ground Sichuan pepper to the sauce.

If you don’t have roasting pans, pots and pans are often oven-safe at 250°F. It may just take longer for the Chex to dry out.