Christmas Chex Mix

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Christmas Chex Mix is the perfect snack for the holidays. It's sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy and sure to cater to everyone's cravings!
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes

Christmas Chex Mix is the perfect snack for the holidays. It’s sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy and sure to cater to everyone’s cravings!

There are so many Christmas snack recipes to choose from this holiday season and Christmas Chex Mix has it all! With a tasty blend of Chex, popcorn, marshmallows, and M&Ms, Christmas crack Chex mix is the perfect snack for Christmas. Everyone will find something to enjoy about this versatile treat!

Did you know that M&Ms are also deeply embedded in American and world history? From astronaut food to being the official candy of the Olympics, M&Ms are an awesome part of Christmas Chex Mix. Learn more about M&Ms here.


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What We Love About This Recipe

What makes this recipe great? Christmas Chex Mix is a tasty blend of your favorite snacks! No need to be choosy when creating this Chex mix holiday recipe.

  • Gift Worthy: Christmas snack mixes are the perfect gift to give to friends and family.
  • Easy Ingredients: All the ingredients for Christmas mix can easily be found at your grocery store.
  • Family Friendly: Kids will devour handfuls of this yummy treat.
  • Customizable: You can change some of the ingredients in Christmas snack mix to better suite your tastes.

Ingredient Notes

  • Caramel Sauce: You might notice that your caramel sauce is thin at first, but it will thicken up as it begins to cool.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda plays a big part in keeping the caramel sauce from becoming too hard. When added, a chemical reaction occurs and the caramel comes out softer and chewier.
  • M&Ms: When adding the M&Ms to your mix, make sure you allow the mix to completely cool before adding the chocolates so they don’t melt!
  • Chex: Adding Chex to your mix gives it the traditional appearance everyone loves. If Chex isn’t your favorite, you can always substitute it for Cheerios.

Equipment Needed

  • Large Bowls
  • Saucepan
  • Baking Sheets

How to Make Christmas Chex Mix

These are the basic steps for making Christmas snack mix. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: Preheat

Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees F. Pour the Chex and popcorn into bowls.

STEP 2: Cook

Combine all ingredients and cook over medium heat to create the caramel sauce. Once the butter is melted, stir and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes.

STEP 3: Add

Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour the mixture over the Chex and popcorn.

STEP 4: Stir

Stir the Chex and popcorn completely in the caramel sauce until coated.

STEP 5: Bake

Spread the mixture onto baking sheets and add sprinkles. Bake the mixture for 1 hour.

STEP 6: Cool

Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Add the mini marshmallows and M&Ms and serve.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Make the Christmas Chex Mix up to 24 hours before serving so that it is fresh and ready to eat.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Place the party snack mix in an airtight container and keep at room temperature for two weeks.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Place the mix in an airtight freezer bag and put it in the freezer for four weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN FREE

All of the ingredients, except for the mini marshmallows, are gluten free. Jet Puffed brand offers marshmallows that are free of wheat starch.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE WHITE CHOCOLATE IN PLACE OF CARAMEL SAUCE?

Yes, though the recipe will taste and look different.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED?

Yes, simply double the ingredients needed for this recipe and bake as instructed. Have an extra baking sheet on hand as well for the additional food.

IS CHEX GLUTEN FREE?

All varieties of Chex, except for wheat Chex, are gluten free.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Crunchiness: If you desire more crunch to your mix, add in nuts, cheerios, or pretzels. Keep in mind any dietary restrictions you may have when adding in more ingredients.
  • Candy: Don’t like M&Ms? Substitute them for mini chocolate chips!
  • Corn Syrup: If you don’t have light corn syrup, dark corn syrup will work just fine. Your mix will have a richer flavor.
  • Other Holidays: Christmas Snack Mix works well for other holidays! If you’re using M&Ms, swap out the green and red ones for colors that match a particular holiday.

What to Serve with Christmas Chex Mix

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Christmas Chex Mix

Yield: 10
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Christmas Chex Mix is the perfect snack for the holidays. It's sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy and sure to cater to everyone's cravings!
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Ingredients

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Christmas Snack Mix

  • 1 12- ounce box corn Chex
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup red and green M&Ms
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Christmas sprinkles, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and pour the Chex and popcorn into large bowls.
  • Make the caramel sauce by adding the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt to a small saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • After the butter is melted, allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring the whole time.
  • Remove the pan from heat and add the baking soda.
  • Stir to mix the baking soda into the other ingredients, then immediately pour the mixture over the Chex and popcorn.
  • Carefully stir the cereal and popcorn until it’s fully coated in the caramel sauce.
  • Spread the mixture evenly over 2 baking sheets and top with Christmas sprinkles, if desired.
  • Place the pans in the oven to bake for 1 hour.
  • When the cook time is up, remove the pans from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Top with M&Ms and mini marshmallows, then transfer to a serving bowl or airtight container.

Expert Tips

  • Crunchiness: If you desire more crunch to your mix, add in nuts, cheerios, or pretzels. Keep in mind any dietary restrictions you may have when adding in more ingredients.
  • Candy: Don’t like M&Ms? Substitute them for mini chocolate chips!
  • Corn Syrup: If you don’t have light corn syrup, dark corn syrup will work just fine. Your mix will have a richer flavor.
  • Other Holidays: Christmas Snack Mix works well for other holidays! If you’re using M&Ms, swap out the green and red ones for colors that match a particular holiday.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 888kcal | Carbohydrates: 157g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 1006IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 14mg
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chex mix, christmas, christmas check mix, christmas snack, christmas snack mix

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