This Sweet Chex Mix recipe has a combination of chex cereal, pretzels, almonds, coconut, and teddy grahams tossed in a sweet buttery syrup to make the most addicting snack mix!

I always keep some good snacks ready to go! Try my Applesauce, No Bake Granola Bars, Snickerdoodle Muffins, or Peanut Butter Popcorn!

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Why I love this snack mix:

  • Easy – Only 20 minutes, this simple recipe is perfect for kids to help with.
  • Affordable – Makes enough for a crowd, and the sweet syrup just uses pantry ingredients. Such a great snack while sticking to a budget. Feel free to swap other types of cereal that you already have on hand.
  • Addicting – This sweet and salty Chex mix is one of my absolute favorite snacks and It’s always the star of the party, movie nights, camping, you name it!

How to make Sweet Chex Mix:

Combine Snack Ingredients: Place parchment paper on two sheet pans. Add all the cereals, pretzels, teddy grahams, nuts, and coconut to a very large mixing bowl.

A mix of cereals, crackers, and pretzels to make Sweet Chex Mix.

Make Syrup: Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat then add corn syrup and sugar and stir well. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Once the mixture comes to a full rolling boil, cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda.

A two image collage showing the process of making the candy syrup for Sweet Chex Mix.

Toss Together: Slowly pour syrup over the Chex mix as you gently stir to coat the cereal.

A serving bowl with sweet chex mix, with the candy syrup just poured on.

Cool: Pour cereal mix out onto prepared baking sheets and allow to cool before eating. Enjoy the BEST sweet chex mix!

Sweet Chex Mix spread out on a baking sheet.

Make Ahead Instructions:

To Make Ahead: This sweet and salty Chex mix recipe can be made ahead of time and will keep well in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Recipe Variations:

  • Mix-Ins – Snack mixes are great because you can adapt any of the main ingredients for what you like. Choose your favorite kind of Chex cereal or other types of cereal. Add peanuts, cashews, or your favorite nut, toss in m&m’s, chocolate chips, marshmallows, or whatever you like. The options are endless!
  • Traditional Chex Mix
  • Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies
  • Muddy Buddies

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Recipe

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Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 10 cups Chex cereal (Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Wheat Chex or a mix of multiple kinds)
  • 3 heaping cup mini pretzel twists , or sticks
  • 2 cups honey graham bears
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds*
  • 2 cup shredded sweetened coconut , to taste

For the syrup coating:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Prepare two sheet pans with parchment paper. Add cereals, pretzels, honey grahams, nuts and coconut to a very large mixing bowl.
  • Add butter to a large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted add corn syrup and sugar and stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Once the mixture comes to a FULL rolling boil over medium heat, cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat immediately and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Slowly pour syrup over the chex mix and use a wooden spoon to gently stir to coat the cereal
  • Pour cereal out onto prepared baking sheet and allow to cool before eating.

Notes

Yield: Makes around 16 cups.
Make Ahead Instructions: Will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Recipe Variations:
  • Mix-Ins – Snack mixes are great because you can adapt any of the main ingredients for what you like. Choose your favorite kind of Chex cereal or other types of cereal. Add peanuts, cashews, or your favorite nut, toss in m&m’s, chocolate chips, marshmallows, or whatever you like. The options are endless!
  • Traditional Chex Mix
  • Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies
  • Muddy Buddies

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 301mgPotassium: 243mgFiber: 7gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 472IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 10mg

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I originally shared this recipe February 2016. Updated June 2022.

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  1. I think the flavor is great; however, the picture really gives the illusion it has a hard Carmel corn like texture and this is soft and chewy like Rice Krispies. To me it was a waste of money. This really should be more specific so someone doesn’t get the illusion they are making a brittle.

  2. 5 stars
    Hey there! I added chocolate chips in the mixture and it melted a little and it’s so good! It’s like an almond joy

  3. 3 stars
    Same sticky problem. Flavor is good! It just all is stuck together even though I spread it out on parchment paper for over 30 minutes.

  4. I made this yesterday and although it is delicious I was disappointed in the consistency. I thought it would be like reaching into a bag of Poppycock but mine didn’t firm up as I thought it would. Should I have cooked the syrup longer?

  5. My syrup didn’t “set” up, I don’t think. The whole batch is very sticky and gooey!
    Is there any way to fix this? Its a big bowl of ingredients I’d hate to have to go waste!

    1. Hi Kari, I’m sorry! next time try cooking the syrup a little longer. (cooking times can vary depending on your altitude and humidity).

  6. Do you think a half teaspoon of almond extract would be OK to add after the soda….just to accent the almond flavor?
    This recipe looks amazing. Thank you.

  7. this looks wonderful…does the glaze/syrup mixture firm up and become hard or is the mix sticky?

    1. Hi Angela, It does firm up. It doesn’t get completely hard (not tacky on your teeth), but it’s not sticky to your fingers at all either.

  8. This sounds delicious! My kids love eating mixes such as these! I wondered with the sauce would you add the baking soda at the end of heating with the corn syrup and sugar?
    Love your website and blog 😉

  9. This is like a chocolate-free Almond Joy. Sounds delicious! Cute kids too. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda