Hot Chocolate Snack Mix

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Hot Chocolate Snack Mix is inspired by our favorite chilly weather beverage — hot chocolate! Chocolate Chex® cereal is coated in melted chocolate and tossed with a hot cocoa powdered sugar blend. Add in some white chocolate-covered marshmallows and chocolate chips for an unforgettable snack mix!

 

Image of a bowl full of Hot Chocolate Snack Mix.

Hot Chocolate Snack Mix

My kids are obsessed with Muddy Buddies, and while I’ll never get sick of them, I like coming up with fun variations to switch things up occasionally. This fun blend is inspired by a cup of hot chocolate; in fact, we even use a packet of hot chocolate mix to coat the cereal in!

This snack mix is ridiculously easy and it can be ready to serve in no time at all. It makes the perfect treat to share and great for holiday events or gatherings.

Process shots: combine powdered sugar and hot chocolate mix; stir to combine; transfer to a large plastic bag; add cereal and shake to coat.

Hot Chocolate Snack Mix Tips

  • Using high-quality chocolate chips for a better melt and a richer taste. My favorite is Ghirardelli® or Guittard® (not sponsored).
  • Microwave chocolate chips in sturdy, microwavesafe (glass) bowls, instead of using plastic or melamine. 
  • Use fresh marshmallows. The fresher the marshmallows, the softer and more enjoyable the coated marshmallows will be. When purchasing, feel the bags to find the softest marshmallows.
  • Control sweetness. This snack mix is sweet! If you’d prefer a less-sweet mix, use semi-sweet or dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Swap out the Chocolate Chex cereal for plain Rice Chex.

QUICK TIP

Be careful when melting chocolate, because if a drop of water gets in it, it may seize–get hard and grainy. And it can turn cloudy and sticky if overheated. Prevent ruined chocolate by proceeding gradually.

Process shots: combine white chocolate and coconut oil; melt and stir until smooth; add marshmallows and mix; transfer to a sheet pan and let harden.

Our favorite additions to this snack mix

White-chocolate covered marshmallows make the perfect pairing for the cocoa-covered chocolate cereal. While there isn’t really a need for any other additions, below are some of our favorite ways to jazz up this hot chocolate snack mix:

QUICK TIP

Dehydrated marshmallows are dried marshmallows (sometimes called “mallow bits“). They are hard, crunchy, dried marshmallows (think the marshmallow bits in Lucky Charms cereal). Find them near hot chocolate mixes in the grocery store or purchased online.

Process shots: combine chocolate and coconut oil; melt until smooth; put cereal in a large bowl; pour melted chocolate over the cereal; gently mix; add to plastic bag with hot cocoa mix and powdered sugar.

Hot Chocolate Snack Mix Storage

To store this Hot Chocolate Snack Mix, place in an airtight container (I like using Mason jars or Weck® mold jars). Keep the container in a cool dry place for up to a week (because of the marshmallows in it, we like it best within 1-2 days). 

Freeze leftover snack mix can (without the marshmallows) in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 3 months; thaw at room temperature.

View of the finished Hot Chocolate Snack Mix.

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Hot Chocolate Snack Mix

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Hot Chocolate Snack Mix is inspired by our favorite chilly weather beverage -- hot chocolate! Chocolate Chex cereal is coated in melted chocolate and tossed with a hot cocoa-powdered sugar blend. Add in some white-chocolate covered marshmallows and chocolate chips for an unforgettable snack mix!
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Hot Chocolate Snack Mix

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Hot Chocolate Snack Mix is inspired by our favorite chilly weather beverage -- hot chocolate! Chocolate Chex cereal is coated in melted chocolate and tossed with a hot cocoa-powdered sugar blend. Add in some white-chocolate covered marshmallows and chocolate chips for an unforgettable snack mix!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword hot chocolate snack mix
Prep Time 20 minutes
Setting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 -12 as a snack/shared treat
Calories 1091kcal
Cost $5.69

Ingredients

Snack Mix

  • 8 cups (210g) Chocolate Chex cereal
  • 1 cup (108g) powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup (60g) hot cocoa mix (with marshmallows) (~1 and 1/2 packets)
  • 2 cups (326g) good quality milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

White Chocolate Marshmallows

  • 1 cup (174g) white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cups (111g) miniature marshmallows
  • Optional additions: 1/2 cup dehydrated marshmallows, 1 cup Sno-Cap candies, 1 cup coarsely broken up pirouette cookies

Instructions

  • PREP: Line a large sheet pan with a Silpat liner or parchment paper and set aside. Set out a large (2-gallon) freezer bag and a very large bowl.
  • CEREAL: Measure out the cereal into the large bowl and set aside.
  • HOT COCOA AND POWDERED SUGAR: In a small bowl, add the hot cocoa mix and powdered sugar. Stir to combine. Pour into the prepared freezer bag.
  • CHOCOLATE: In medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, add the milk chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Microwave, in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds, or until chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Once fully melted and smooth, pour over the measured cereal. Gently stir to generously coat the cereal in the melted chocolate.
  • COAT CEREAL: Pour cereal into the bag on top of the powdered sugar and hot cocoa mix. Seal the bag (do not squeeze air out of the bag) and then shake to coat the cereal in the mix. Once cereal is generously coated, pour back into a large bowl or serving bowl. Set aside.
  • WHITE-CHOCOLATE COVERED MARSHMALLOWS: In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Melt, in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds, or until white chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Stir the marshmallows into the white chocolate until marshmallows are well coated. Spread out the marshmallows onto the prepared pan. Put the pan in the fridge or freezer for about 10 minutes or let the tray stand at room temperature for 30 minutes until chocolate is set. Gently break apart and add to the serving bowl.
  • FINISH MIX: If desired, add any other toppings such as the dehydrated marshmallows, Sno-Cap candies, or broken up pirouette cookies.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Because of the marshmallows in this mix, it is best enjoyed the same day it is made. Without the marshmallows, it can last up to a week stored at room temperature in air-tight containers. Leftover snack mix can be frozen in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 3 months; thaw at room temperature.
Nutritional information is for approximately one-cup servings.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 1091kcal | Carbohydrates: 238g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 1205mg | Potassium: 766mg | Fiber: 24g | Sugar: 89g | Vitamin A: 2021IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 460mg | Iron: 58mg

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