Sweet Chex Mix Recipe

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This Sweet Chex® Mix Recipe is the perfect treat to bring to an event and share with family and friends. It’s sweet, sticky, chewy, gooey, and loaded with flavor! This snack mix is completely addicting!

Looking for more potluck sweets? These Oreo® balls, fruit salsa with cinnamon chips, or this cinnamon sugar snack mix are always crowd favorites.

Overhead image of Sweet Chex Mix in a bowl, ready to be eaten.

Any excuse we can find to make Sweet Chex Mix, we do. Holidays, birthdays, potlucks, game days — you name it! This sticky, sweet, and nutty snack mix is the perfect shareable treat. It also makes a great edible gift for friends or neighbors during the holiday season.

Besides being delicious, it’s also such an easy recipe. No baking required, and ready in about 20 minutes. What’s not to love?!

Ingredients

  • Rice Chex cereal
  • Corn Chex cereal
  • Golden Grahams® cereal: Use any leftover cereal in these Smores bars!
  • Mixed nuts: We like usingroasted and salted mixed nuts for a richer snack mix flavor.
  • Shredded sweetened coconut
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Light corn syrup
  • Unsalted butter
  • Salt: This balances the sweetness and overall intensify flavors.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla adds a nice overall flavor to the mix.
  • Coconut extract: This brings out the flavor of the coconut flakes and adds a nice overall flavor. It’s optional, so if you love coconut, you’ll want to add it and if not, it will still be great without it!

Process shots-- images of all the ingredients in a bowl; making sugar sauce; pouring it over those ingredients; and all of it being mixed together!

How to make Sweet Chex Mix 

The descriptions below correlate with the photo collage in this post.

  1. Add all the cereal, nuts, and coconut to a large, foil-lined sheet pan.
  2. Combine the butter, corn syrup, and sugar in a pot.
  3. Melt the butter and then bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour over the cereal mix.
  5. Immediately toss the cereal mix to get covered in the sugary coating.
  6. Let stand on the sheet pan until hardened. It doesn’t harden completely — the mix is supposed to be sticky.

Variations and substitutions

  • Sweet Chex Mix with M&M’s: Once the mixture has cooled down and hardened a bit, stir in 1 to 2 cups of M&M’s®. The M&M’s can be holiday themed or event specific (think pastel M&M’s for a baby shower!).
  • Sweet Chex Mix with chocolate: Once the mixture has cooled down completely, melt some milk or white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Transfer the melted chocolate to a plastic bag and cut off the tip with scissors. Pipe the melted chocolate across the snack mix and allow to harden.
  • Nut-free: Leave out the nuts and replace them in equal parts with extra cereal!
  • Less gooey and sticky: Add an extra cup of Rice Chex and an extra cup of Corn Chex.
  • Less coconut flavored: Leave out the coconut extract.
  • Sweet Chex Mix with powdered sugar: Thinking of Muddy Buddies? It’s one of our favorite treats as well!

Up-close overhead image of Sweet Chex Mix.

Sweet Chex Mix tips

  • Make sure the sugary syrup boils for 2 full minutes; it’s important to get that full amount of time to boil.
  • I recommend using an extra-large sheet pan (15×21 inches) or two large sheet pans. I like these pans-they’re 15×21 inches and work perfectly to toss everything together.
  • Speaking of sheet pan, don’t forget to line it with foil or parchment paper; this mix is sticky!
  • Once the cereal is coated in the syrup mixture, work quickly to toss the cereal in the mixture. The quicker you work, the better the coating will stick to the cereal and nuts.

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Sweet Chex Mix

Sweet Chex Mix is the perfect treat to bring to an event and share with family and friends. It's sweet, sticky, gooey, and loaded with flavor!
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Sweet Chex Mix

Sweet Chex Mix is the perfect treat to bring to an event and share with family and friends. It's sweet, sticky, gooey, and loaded with flavor!
Course Dessert, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword Sweet Chex Mix Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Setting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 521kcal
Cost $6.43

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal (See Note 1)
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1 and 1/2 cups roasted and salted mixed nuts
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract, optional

Instructions

  • PREP: Line a very large sheet pan (15x21 inches) with parchment paper or foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • CEREAL: On the prepared pan, combine the 3 cups Rice Chex cereal, 3 cups Corn Chex cereal, 3 cups Golden Grahams cereal, 1 and 1/2 cups mixed roasted and salted nuts, and 2 cups sweetened coconut. Toss together with your hands.
  • SYRUP: Place the 3/4 cup unsalted butter (cut into tablespoons), the 1 cup white sugar, and the 1 cup corn syrup in a pan and stir over medium-high heat until butter is melted. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. After 2 minutes, remove from the heat and carefully add in the 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla (it may sputter), and optional 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract.
  • COAT CEREAL: Pour the prepared sugar mixture over the cereal mixture on the pan and, using 2 wooden spoons or a spatula and a spoon, toss to evenly coat. Make sure all the cereal/nuts/coconut are well-coated in the sugar mixture. Let mixture stand at room temperature until hardened and firm, about 1-2 hours. The mix won't ever fully firm up; it is meant to be sticky and gooey.
  • STORAGE: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. The cereal and nuts do get softer/mushier each day the mix sits. We like this mix best the first or second day after it is made.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: This mixture is sticky, gooey, and very sweet. If you'd like it less sweet and/or less gooey, add 1 extra cup of each of the cereals. (We like this mix just as written - sticky and sweet!)

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 10servings | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 76.9g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 36.6mg | Sodium: 276.5mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 55.6g

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