Salted Caramel Chex Mix

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This salted caramel Chex mix is the perfect sweet and savory snack for any occasion. It’s loaded with caramel, chocolate candies, peanuts, and more!

Closeup shot of salted caramel chex mix in bowl

Chex mix has always been a favorite recipe of mine to make. It’s just such a great snack! From the traditional savory variety to sweet and salty combos like this one, it’s always a great snack for when you’re on the go or just a tasty after-school snack.

Salted Caramel Chex Mix

Crispy Chex cereal is coated with a delicious salty and sweet caramel coating and then mixed with candies, peanuts, and more. What could be better than that? Nothing, that’s what.

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Ingredients

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this delicious snack.

  • Chex Cereal 
  • light corn syrup 
  • salt 
  • brown sugar 
  • butter 
  • baking soda 
  • peanuts 
  • M&Ms 
Overhead shot of individual ingredients in bowls

Instructions

In only a few simple steps, you’ll have one of the best snacks you’ve ever made.

Step 1: Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Set aside. 

Step 2: Place Chex cereal in a large bowl. Set aside. 

Step 3: In a medium saucepan, place corn syrup, salt, brown sugar, and butter over medium heat. Stir often. Allow to boil for about 1 minute.

Syrup being poured into a pot with butter and brown sugar

Step 4: Remove from heat and add baking soda while stirring.

Step 5: Pour caramel mixture over top of cereal. Stir until cereal is completely coated. 

Caramel being poured over Chex cereal in a bowl

Step 6: Stir in peanuts.

Step 7: Spread caramel-covered cereal out between the two lined baking sheets.

Step 8: Sprinkle M&Ms over top. Allow to cool.

Closeup overhead shot of salted caramel chex mix

Step 9: Break into small chunks and store in an air tight container.

Closeup shot of hand holding a piece of salted caramel chex mix

Equipment

You only need a few basic pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Pot

Substitutions

Your Favorite Nuts: You can use any of your favorite nuts in this recipe.

Reese’s Pieces: Reese’s Pieces work well if you don’t have M&Ms.

Closeup overhead shot of salted caramel chex mix in bowl

Options

Looking for ways to change up this salted caramel Chex mix? Here are some suggestions.

Shredded Coconut: Shredded coconut is delicious when added to this recipe.

Chocolate Chips: Add chocolate chips for a great counterpoint to the caramel.

Tips:

  • Mix your Chex mix gently so as not to crush the cereal.
  • Keep a close eye on your caramel sauce so you don’t scorch it.
  • Let the caramel cook a bit before mixing in your candies to keep them from melting.

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FAQ

How long is this Chex mix good?

You can store this in an air-tight container for about 2 weeks.

Can you freeze this Chex mix?

Absolutely. Store it in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 6 months.

Why did my Chex get crushed?

It’s important to fold your Chex cereal into the caramel rather than stirring. If you stir it with a spoon, you’ll break up the cereal as you mix it.

Salted Caramel Chex Mix

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Yield: 8 servings

Caramel Chex Mix

Caramel Chex Mix

This salted caramel Chex mix is a sweet and salty treat that everyone loves. It's a great after school snack or simply to keep on hand.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12-ounce box Chex Cereal 

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup 

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 


  • 2 cups brown sugar 

  • 1 cup butter 


  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 

1 cup M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Set aside. Place Chex cereal in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, place corn syrup, salt, brown sugar, and butter over medium heat. Stir often. Allow to boil for about 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat and add baking soda while stirring.
  4. Pour caramel mixture over top of cereal. Stir until cereal is completely coated. Stir in peanuts.
  5. Spread caramel-covered cereal out between the two lined baking sheets. Sprinkle M&Ms over top.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. Break into small chunks and store in an air tight container.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 415Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 32mgSodium 375mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 2gSugar 41gProtein 4g

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