Brown Butter Maple Rum Party Mix
A sweet and savory gourmet party mix recipe made with maple, rum, pecans and spices. This homemade party mix is crispy crunchy and so addictive! But don’t worry–I’ve put my special healthy twist on it.
This Brown Butter Party Mix recipe has been adapted from a recipe in the book, Winter Cocktails, by Maria Del Mar Sacasa.
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Why We Love This Recipe For Brown Butter Maple Rum Party Mix
This party snack mix is a fast, delicious and unexpected version of Chex mix. It’s the perfect salty snack to serve alongside cocktails at a party, for game day or a holiday event. It has just the right level of sweetness to balance the saltiness, and I love the tiny bit of rum flavor left after baking it for an hour. It really goes well with the maple and pecans.
- The best part of this gourmet party mix recipe is that it will last you the whole week.
- Most of the cooking time required for this recipe is passive, which means you’ll have to do very little work!
- If stored properly it will keep for 2 to 3 weeks.
Key Ingredients For This Recipe
- Cereal or Chex: I decided to use an organic cereal instead of Chex. I was worried that there would be texture issues, but it worked really well.
- Pecans: Make sure you get raw pecans that haven’t been roasted in any seasonings or sweeteners. You could swap out the pecans for dark chocolate or pumpkin seeds if a nut allergy is present.
- Pretzels: You could use whole-wheat pretzels or gluten-free pretzels if you’d like.
- Bagel Crisps: For a healthier option, use trans-fat-free bagel crisps.
- Unsalted Butter: The original recipe called for 12 tablespoons of butter but I dropped it to 6. You could use salted butter as well if you’d like.
- Dark pure maple syrup: I used pure dark maple syrup instead of the brown sugar that the original recipe called for. I love using natural sweeteners where I can, and I also just love the way maple tastes.
- Dark Rum: Dark rum really brings the flavors of this together. If you don’t have dark rum you could use Bourbon instead.
- Spice Seasoning: The seasonings I used were cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. To make sure you can still taste the nuance of the maple, don’t add much extra spice than the recipe calls for, if any.
Step-by-Step Instructions to Make This Gourmet Party Mix recipe
Step 1: Preheat oven
Arrange the oven racks evenly in the upper and lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and coat two large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: Mix dry ingredients
Mix the cereal, pecans, pretzels and bagel crisps in a large bowl.
Step 3: Assemble & bake maple party mix
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally until the milk solids brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the browned butter from the heat and carefully pour in the maple syrup and rum (careful, the mixture will bubble). Whisk in the cinnamon, ginger, salt and cloves. Pour the butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir to coat. Spread the party mix out on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the party mix is dry and the nuts are fragrant, stirring every 15 minutes or so, for about 1 hour. Let it cool before transferring it to an airtight container, about 1 hour.
FAQs and Expert Tips
This homemade maple party mix tastes freshest when served within the first 2 to 3 days. However, if stored in airtight containers or sealable bags, it can stay good for up to 2 to 3 weeks. You can even freeze it for up to 3 months.
Since it has a longer shelf-life if stored properly, it’s a great make-ahead recipe! Just follow the storing steps above and set aside until ready to serve.
You could make it gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels and bagel crisps. If you can’t find any gluten-free bagel crisps, swap it out for something else. You could also experiment by adding other nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, or cashews.
Other Party Snacks to Try
- These Taquito Salads (Mini Taco Salad) Appetizer Bites are adorable, crunchy and healthy.
- I can’t get enough of these Sweet and Spicy Nuts.
- You can’t go wrong with a batch of these Spicy Deviled Eggs.
- These Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Meatballs are always a hit.
- My roundup of Tapas Party Recipes is always a lifesaver when I’m looking for ideas.
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Happy Cooking! ~KatiePrint
Brown Butter Maple Rum Party Mix
- Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 10 cups 1x
Brown butter, maple, pecans and rum make this Chex party mix an unexpectedly sweet and savory.
- 6 cups multigrain squares cereal or chex, about 12 ounces
- 2 cups roughly chopped pecans
- 2 cups bite-sized pretzels
- 3 cups trans-fat free bagel crisps, broken into bite sized pieces
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup dark pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup dark rum
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- Arrange oven racks evenly in upper and lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Coat two large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.
- Mix cereal, pecans, pretzels and bagel crisps in a large bowl.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally until the milk solids brown, 6 to 8 minnutes. Remove from heat, and carefully pour in maple syrup and rum (mixture will bubble.) Whisk in cinnamon, ginger, salt and cloves. Pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture, and stir to coat. Spread party mix out on the prepared bakng sheets. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until the party mix is dry and the nuts are fragrant, about 1 hour. Cool before transferring to air tight container, about 1 hour.
Cooking Tip: You could make it gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels and bagel crisps. If you can’t find any gluten-free bagel crisps, swap it out for something else. You could also experiment by adding other nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, or cashews.
6 mg Cholesterol, 3.5 g Added Sugar
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/3 cup
- Calories: 138
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 145 mg
- Fat: 8 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 15 g
- Fiber: 2.3 g
- Protein: 2 g
this looks like a tasty grown up version of the beloved chex mix! Love that you added browned butter for a nice touch! 🙂
It really is a great party snack. Thank you!
Great party mix, Katie. I think the maple is awesome and dropping the ginger was a good idea!
I love that maple flavor. Thank you so much.
I could see myself snacking on this amazing party mix on Christmas day! I love how you’ve added dark maple syrup — one of my favorites, too!
Happy Holidays, Katie! 🙂
Cool! Hope you enjoy it Jessie. Have a great holiday week.
Brown butter and maple…my..I would have finished the whole batch by myself.
Happy Holidays, Katie!
I did help myself to a few servings before sharing it!
Merry Christmas Katie! I was in Bucks County the first week of December and drove through Wycombe a few times to check everything out. Your house and ours look good, but the Vasquez’s, not so much. Jo must not live there ’cause she kept it SO tidy. I was pleased to see that the canal has water again so New Hope looks so pretty again! And Doylestown – have you been there? It’s quite the spot with Court Street being called “Restaurant Row”! The Inn has been redone and is very fun.
I was just home in September, and I noticed the same things! Though I didn’t make it into New Hope. Doylestown is hoppin’!
that sounds positively amazing!!
Thank you so much Caralyn
hilarious… i needed bourbon for my recipe and it seemed to have met the exact same fate as the bourbon in your house, requiring a last minute trip to the darn liquor store. nonetheless, this party mix sounds divine. and my recent discovery of gluten-free pita chips means i can convert the whole thing to a happy belly mix for my crew!
I was thinking about the gf thing and wanted to offer an alternative, but I didn’t know there were gf pita chips. I am glad to know you’ve found some. And the night after I wrote this, Jase went through the cabinet to figure out what we needed to stock up on for the holiday guests, and found four open sweet vermouth bottles! Totally my bad! Ha ha 🙂
Such a creative twist on an old favorite recipe! Pinned 🙂 Happy Holidays Katie!
Thank you so much my dear. To you too.