If you want to get people to congregate in one spot, a bowl of Chex Party Mix is just the thing. I know this, because I tested this theory when I shot this recipe. My photo studio is in the middle of the living room, and since we’re moving to a new house, it’s currently my parents’ living room – so my Chex Party Mix was being attacked from all sides.

I’ve partnered with Chex for this recipe, inspired by the classic Chex Party Mix recipe, Muddy Buddies, and my summer favorite, strawberry shortcake, which takes only a few minutes to whip up, and apparently only a few minutes to eat as well because every time I’d step away from my shoot, a handful would be missing. Like Murder on the Orient Express, everyone was the culprit – my dad, husband, and even little James managed to steal a handful while I caught my husband pinching some. I quickly finished taking my photos so everyone could attack the bowl.

I love these flavors because it’s super crunchy, not too sweet, and has fantastic strawberry flavor. It’s an unexpected combination, and really delicious for an end of summer party snack. I think it would be wonderful on top of vanilla ice cream too, adding just the right crunch. Enjoy!

2 cups Rice Chex Mix

2 cups Corn Chex Mix

2 ounces (half stick) butter

1 cup white chocolate chips, divided, plus more for drizzle

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup chopped freeze dried strawberries

Melt together the butter and 1/2 cup of white chocolate. Pout the butter mixture into a large 2-gallon plastic bag (or a bowl) and add half of the Chex. Add half of the freeze dried strawberries and the powdered sugar, seal shut, and shake vigorously to coat (if using a bowl, fold with a spatula). Pour out onto a baking tray lined with wax paper and mix in the remaining Chex, freeze dried strawberries, and white chocolate chips. Drizzle with any extra melted white chocolate if you like. Let it set for 15 minutes, and enjoy! Store in a lidded container at room temp for up to 2 weeks.