Sweet chex mix is a crunchy and flavorful dessert snack made with Golden grahams and chex cereals. It's the perfect sweet treat any time of year, and is especially popular for the holidays.
There's plenty of savory chex mixes out there, like spicy garlic chex mix and buffalo ranch chex mix, but what about a sweet version? If you've got a sweet tooth, especially around the holidays, you'll have to give this sweet chex mix a try.
Golden grahams and chex cereals are mixed with shredded coconut and sliced almonds, then coated in a sweet sugar glaze. It's a little crunchy, a little chewy, and perfect for snacking.
Serve sweet chex mix at your next party. It's popular for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas and is easy to package and give as a gift.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Coconut - I recommend using shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut for best results. Sweetened coconut can make your snack mix too cloyingly sweet.
- Almonds - Sliced almonds add a nice crunch and heartiness to the snack mix. Almonds can be substituted with chopped pecans or walnuts.
- Cereals - Golden grahams and rice chex cereals serve as the base for this recipe. Rice chex could be substituted with corn or wheat chex if desired.
- Butter - Unsalted butter and ¼ teaspoon of salt could be substituted with salted butter if needed.
- Corn syrup - Necessary to create the sticky sugar glaze.
- Granulated sugar - Adds sweetness to the glaze to coat the cereal. Granulated sugar could be substituted with brown sugar for a caramelized flavor.
- Salt - Enhances the flavor of the snack mix and helps balance with the sweetness.
- Vanilla extract - Adds flavor to the glaze.
Tips and tricks
Toast your ingredients - Toasting the coconut and almonds is a crucial step that you don't want to skip. It adds a warm, caramelized flavor and nuttiness to the snack mix that's quick and easy. While your ingredients are toasting in the oven, prepare the rest of the snack mix to save time.
Allow butter mixture to boil - Set a timer and allow the butter mixture to boil for a full two minutes on the stovetop. Otherwise, it won't thicken up enough to coat the cereal properly and can make your snack mix soggy.
Allow snack mix to dry - Allow your snack mix to cool and dry for at least an hour. Then break it apart into small, bite size pieces and store in a tightly sealed container.
Frequently asked questions
If you don't like or want Chex cereal in your chex mix, try using Cheerios or Crispix instead.
Yes, this recipe can easily be halved or quartered for a smaller group. Click on the servings size in the recipe card and use the sliding bar to change your serving size.
Store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature. Snack mix is best enjoyed within 3-4 days. Over time, cereal will begin to get soft.
Sweet Chex Mix
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, or flaked coconut
- 2 cups sliced almonds
- 6 cups golden grahams cereal
- 6 cups rice chex cereal
- ¾ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread coconut and almonds in an even layer on baking sheet. Bake for about 7-8 minutes, stirring halfway through. Coconut will brown quickly, so watch carefully.
- In a large bowl, combine golden grahams, rice chex, toasted coconut and almonds. Set aside.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, corn syrup, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for a full two minutes, then remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
- Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture. Stir until cereal is evenly coated.
- Lay parchment out on multiple baking sheets or counter top. Spread cereal mixture across parchment paper in a thin layer and allow to dry for 1-2 hours. Mixture will remain slightly sticky.
- Store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature. Snack mix is best enjoyed within 3-4 days. Over time, cereal will begin to get soft.
- Rice chex can be substituted with corn chex or wheat chex if desired.