The Best Sweet Chex Mix Recipe: Oven Baked Snack

This sweet Chex mix recipe (oven baked) is the perfect snack for those chilly fall days. Pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar add the best flavor!

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

One of my favorite things in the world is a crunchy snack. I love to munch on potato chips, crackers, and just about anything else that falls into that category. The easy recipe I’m sharing today is delicious and addicting, so watch out! This sweet and salty Chex mix recipe is a combination of sugar and spice…which in my book, is a match made in heaven. It’s the perfect treat for game day, movie night, holiday parties, and family gatherings. It calls for simple ingredients, all readily available at your grocery store. 

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Ingredient Notes + Variations

  • Salted butter or unsalted butter can be used. 
  • This sweet Chex mix recipe can, of course, be adapted to any season. For Christmas, make sweet holiday Chex mix by adding red & green M & M’s. For the spring and summer months, add mini marshmallows, raisins, or Craisins. 
  • More add-ins: coconut flakes, Reese’s pieces, dark chocolate chips, semi sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips.
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How To Make

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Line one large or two small cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add all the cereal pieces, pretzels, and peanuts. Set aside.
  • Put butter in a small microwave safe bowl. Melt butter in microwave, about 1 minute.
  • Add light brown sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice to the melted butter.
  • Stir very well and pour over the cereal mixture.
  • Gently toss the cereal/butter mixture until well mixed.
  • Pour cereal mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and spread out evenly in a single layer.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven every 15 minutes and toss the mixture so it bakes evenly.
  • Cool completely.
  • Add candy corn and toss so everything is mixed together.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
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Tips For The Best Sweet Chex Mix

  • This big batch of sweet Chex mix is lightly coated and very crunchy. If you would like a thicker coating, the ingredients can be increased. Just use 1/2 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 3 teaspoons of vanilla, and 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. 
  • For a gluten-free snack: substitute gluten-free pretzels for regular pretzels, and use gluten-free candy corn. The traditional Brach’s candy corn is not gluten-free.
  • Store this Chex cereal mix at room temperature in an airtight container. It’s best when eaten in the first few days, but stays fresh for up to 2 weeks. If you want to make it in advance, it freezes very well. Put the mix in a resealable freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • This recipe fits perfectly in four quart-size mason jars. (They also help with portion control!)
  • Tip from a reader: make it in the slow cooker! Cook it for 3 hours on low, stirring every hour, and then stir every 15 minutes the last hour.

This sweet and salty snack mix is a definite crowd pleaser. It satisfies your sweet tooth, but it’s also a great way to curb your urge for a crunchy snack. Try it out for your next party, or take a huge bowl to your next potluck. I promise it will be a huge hit!

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Sweet Chex Mix Recipe: Oven Baked

This sweet Chex mix recipe (oven baked) is the perfect snack for those chilly fall days. Pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar add the best flavor!
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4.91 from 10 votes
Servings: 10 cups
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Honey Nut Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 2 cups lightly salted peanuts
  • 1 to 2 cups candy corn

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add all cereals, pretzels, and peanuts. Set aside.
  • Put butter in a small microwave safe bowl. Melt in microwave, about 1 minute.
  • Add brown sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice to the melted butter.
  • Stir very well and pour over the cereal mixture.
  • Gently toss the cereal/butter mixture until well mixed.
  • Pour cereal mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven every 15 minutes and toss the mixture so it bakes evenly.
  • Cool completely.
  • Add candy corn and toss so everything is mixed together.
  • Store in an airtight container.
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  1. 5 stars
    This snack is scrumptious! I love it that I can have confidence in all your recipes- that they will be delicious, easy and always turn out perfectly- even if I’m trying them for the first time just before guests arrive. Love your blog!