Gooey Holiday Chex Mix is a absolute classic Christmas treat! Chex cereal, coconut, slivered almonds & M&M’s combine in a wonderfully addictive sweet snack mix. Perfect for holiday trays & gifts!
Holiday Chex Mix is a gooey, fun recipe that takes no time at all and makes quite a bit- which is good since everyone devours it. It’s perfect for impromptu holiday get togethers, parties, and neighbor gifts. Of course, you can easily swap out the holiday M&Ms for regular and enjoy this treat throughout the year too.
What is gooey holiday Chex mix?
Chex mix is a cereal combination that’s normally on the dry side as it is coated in powdered sugars and chocolate. This snack mix is totally in its own league with a gooey sweet concoction holding a variety of cereals, nuts, coconut, and chocolate candies together in one bowl.
Gooey Holiday Chex Mix Ingredients
-Chex Cereal: With 3 cups each of Corn Chex and Rice Chex we can get a more diverse appearance and flavor in the main component of this snack mix.
-Golden Grahams: Adding another 3 cups of cereal we can get an added honey graham flavor that pairs great with everything else.
-Shredded Coconut: We want two cups of sweetened shredded coconut to help add that “freshly fallen snow” look that’s perfect for the holidays.
-Nuts: We need 1 1/2 cups of nuts, a mixed variety is good, but I used 1/2 cup each of salted cashews, slivered almonds & sliced almonds.
-Butter: We need 3/4 cup butter (one and a half sticks) to help get the gooey richness we want with this unique holiday snack mix.
-Sugar: We need 1 cup of granulated sugar to help boost the sweetness in this treat.
-Corn Syrup: Adding sweetness and a little thickening agent to help bond the cereal and candies together is one cup of corn syrup.
-Salt: We only need 1/4 teaspoon of salt to help us enhance the flavors and add contrast to the other flavors.
-M&Ms: Using a bag of holiday M&Ms we can get red and green colors that are perfect for Christmas!
How to make gooey holiday Chex mix
In a large bowl, combine the cereal, nuts, and coconut.
Heat your butter, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Once it begins to boil, set a timer for 3 minutes and allow to boil for 3 minutes, stirring often.
Once it’s finished, remove from heat and pour over the cereal mixture. Stir well so that everything is coated.
Let sit for 5 minutes.
Add in the M&M’s and stir once more to distribute.
Keep stored in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Can I Make Chex Mix ahead of time?
This gooey chex mix is best enjoyed within about 10 days, when stored properly in an airtight container. If you’re planning to give it as a gift, I usually make the recipe & transfer portions into cute holiday bags. I then plan to drop them off to neighbors within a day or two.
GOOEY HOLIDAY CHEX MIX
- 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
- 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
- 3 cups Golden Grahams cereal
- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 ½ cups slivered almonds
- ¾ cups butter 1 1/2 cubes
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 cups holiday M&M's
- Combine all cereal, coconut and nuts in a large bowl.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Once it begins boiling, set a timer and boil for 3 minutes, stirring often.
- Once it's done, remove from heat and pour mixture over cereal. Stir well, so that everything is coated. Let sit for about 15 minutes stirring often to cool, then add M&M's and gently stir once more. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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adapted from Cooking Classy
Is holiday Chex mix gluten free?
The Rice Chex and Corn Chex cereals should both be gluten free, but you’ll have to double check the graham cereal as most varieties of that do contain gluten. You could omit it and just use more of the Chex cereals as an easy adaptation though!
How long is gooey Chex mix good for?
This Chex mix is actually good for up to 10 days if kept stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
How to Package Chex Mix for Christmas Gifts
Since this sweet chex mix is so pretty, I recommend packaging it in clear holiday cellophane bags so that everyone can see the pretty treats inside. It’s a pretty classic treat, so it’s also fun when people recognize what it is and get excited! The bags come with silver or gold twist ties that allow you to close the bags well, so the treat stays fresh. I put about 1.5 cups of this mix in each of these bags, so you can package 6 bags from 1 batch.
Can I freeze gooey Chex mix?
You could, but you really don’t need to. This Chex mix is so good when fresh that there may be nothing left to store for longer term storage.
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This gooey holiday Chex mix cereal is a perfect Christmas crack for when you want something irresistible and sweet. With crunchy cereal and nuts, M&Ms, and shredded coconut, every bite is flavorful and incredible.