Dried Tart Cherry Sweet Snack Mix

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This addicting Dried Cherry Snack Mix is loaded with cereal, nuts, dried tart cherries, yogurt-covered pretzels, and covered in a cinnamon-sugar coating. 

Dried Tart Cherry Snack Mix

As the weather warms up, there’s nothing my little family likes more than going for walks, picnicking, or a hike. 

And no excursion is complete without some good snacks. Dried Cherry Snack Mix will definitely be on repeat for our summer adventures– everyone in my family is obsessed with it! From the cinnamon-sugar coated crunchy cereal and nuts to the tangy yogurt pretzels to the ruby red sweet-tart dried cherries — we love every bite.

 

Process shots-- images of the ingredients being added in a bowl and the syrup being poured over it and and everything being mixed together and cinnamon sugar being sprinkled on top and everything being toss and baked

How to make this snack mix

  • Toss the cereal and nuts together. Use any type of nuts; a combination of nuts is my personal favorite!
  • Make the syrup that will get boiled and tossed with the cereal and nuts. Once the syrup is poured on the cereal and nuts, work quickly to make sure everything gets well coated.
  • Sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Once everything is covered, bake the mix!
  • Remove the snack mix from the oven. Toss everything with a spatula, and bake again.
  • Cool completely. Then add in the dried tart cherries and broken-up yogurt pretzels. If the mix is still hot, it will melt the yogurt off the pretzels.

Overhead image of the dried tart cherries

Recipe tips

  • I recommend using an extra-large sheet pan (15 x 21 inches) or two large sheet pans. 
  • Line the sheet pans with foil, parchment paper, or Silpat liners so the mix doesn’t stick and make a big mess!
  • Let the mix cool completely before adding in the tart cherries and yogurt-covered pretzels.
  • Make sure the sugar-syrup mixture boils for 1 minute; start the timer once it’s doing a full rolling boil, not just simmering.

QUICK TIP

Tart cherries are not the same as sweet cherries. Sweet cherries are the ones you can buy fresh in the produce section of the grocery store. And while there’s nothing wrong with sweet cherries, tart cherries are completely different. Besides being mouth-puckering sour when fresh, they have a completely different nutritional profile. Tart cherries are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that support heart health and reduce inflammation–so much so that they’ve earned the title of Super Food! Once dried, the natural sweetness concentrates and the flavor is a lot like a dried cranberry.

Overhead image of the snack mix in a bowl ready to be eaten

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Snack Mix

5 from 1 vote
This addicting snack mix is loaded with cereal, nuts, dried tart cherries, yogurt-covered pretzels, and covered in a sweet cinnamon-sugar coating.
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Snack Mix

5 from 1 vote
This addicting snack mix is loaded with cereal, nuts, dried tart cherries, yogurt-covered pretzels, and covered in a sweet cinnamon-sugar coating.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword snack mix
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 8 -12 servings, as a snack
Calories 671kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 4 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 cup yogurt covered pretzels, coarsely chopped or broken up

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat oven to 350. Line a 15x21-inch baking sheet (or 2 smaller baking sheets) with foil and grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  • CEREAL: Add 4 cups Rice Chex, 4 cups Corn Chex, and 1 cup mixed nuts to the prepared sheet pan.
  • SYRUP: In a heavy medium-sized pot, add the 1/2 cup butter (cut into individual tablespoons), 1 cup packed light brown sugar, and 1/4 cup corn syrup. Place over medium to medium-high heat and stir slowly but constantly, until butter is melted. Once melted, continue to stir until the mixture comes to a rapid boil. Boil for exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly, and remove from heat. Add in the 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt. Pour over the cereal on the sheet pan and, working quickly, stir until cereal and nuts are coated in the mixture.
  • CINNAMON SUGAR: In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 2/3 cup white sugar and stir. Sprinkle over cereal mixture.
  • BAKE: Bake for 5 minutes, remove from the oven, and toss using a metal spatula. Return to the oven and bake for 3 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • CHERRIES AND PRETZELS: Once the mixture has cooled, sprinkle the tart cherries over the cereal. Break up the yogurt pretzels and add. Toss everything together, breaking up the cereal mixture as needed.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1212 servings, as a snack | Calories: 671kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 829mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 1512IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 10mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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