Holiday Chex Mix

12/16/2012 6:00 am · 0 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom


This is one of our Family’s favorite snacks, and a great way to use up all the cereal we get with coupons.

You will need:

  • 16 cups of dry cereal ( chex, cinnamon toast crunch, life, or what ever you want)
  • 2 cups grated coconut
  • 1 cup sliced almonds ( I use sun flower seeds instead, so my friends with nut allergies can eat it too)
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • (Sprinkles for the top is you want to ad them at the end)

Sauce you will need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Light Karo syrup
  • 3/4 cup butter ( 1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup chopped candy cane dust ( click here to see easy way to make)


In large bowl, mix together, cereal, coconut, nuts or seeds, and pretzels. Set aside to make sauce.

In a medium sauce pan add, sugar, butter and Karo. Over MEDIUM heat slowing melt butter and blend ingredients together. Stir while heating.030

Once it comes to a boil cook for 2 minutes….( set a timer, if it cooks longer it will be too hard, if it does not cook longer enough it will be too soft) Once it has cooked at a full boil for 2 min take off heat.031

Sprinkle in the chopped candy canes ( I dumped it in so I could take the picture and then it was a big ball…and hard to work with, not a good idea)032

As you sprinkle in the candy cane, wisk to prevent big lumps.034

Pour over the top of cereal mixture in bowl, stir till all cereal is well coated.

Then pour out on a greased cookie sheet, and top with sprinkles if you want. Let cool, store in zip lock bag, enjoy!

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Tara J
Tara J

I made this last year for the first time and LOVED it! I will be making it every year from now on! The sprinkles add a special festive touch :) Thanks for sharing another great recipe :)

Dana @ nwbargains
Dana @ nwbargains

I really like the addition of the colored sprinkles :) That makes it even more festive & fun!

Melissa @ The Sassy Saver
Melissa @ The Sassy Saver

This is such a great idea!!! I love the festive look of it! Thanks for linking it on Frugal Recipe Friday!


We made this last year (thanks to you!) with Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds. It was delicious!


I cannot wait to try this! (and the pumpkin chex mix another comment posted.)

Amy B.
Amy B.

just wanted you to know I posted a link to your blog letting my homeschool spot friends know about your recie. I shared this recipe too: Chex® Pumpkin Pie Crunch Prep Time: 15 Minutes 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1/4 cup butter 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal 2 cups Wheat Chex® cereal 2 cups Honey Nut Chex® cereal 8 oz pecans 1.In small bowl, mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In small microwave-safe dish, microwave butter on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in vanilla. In large microwavable bowl, mix all cereals and pecans. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. Add sugar and spice mixture and stir until coated. 2.Microwave uncovered on High 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown, stirring every minute. Spread on wax paper or a cookie sheet to cool. Store in airtight container.

Amy B.
Amy B.

this looks wonderful. I love your step by step phoos. (I think its incredible you can remember to take photos as you cook). TAHanks for this new version of a beloved clasic. I'm off to make some chex mix right now.

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