Peppermint Chex Mix is made with only 3 easy ingredients in just a few minutes! This Christmas Peppermint Chex Mix is simple recipe for a festive and sweet peppermint treat that is perfect for holiday parties or a cozy night at home.
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Peppermint Chex Mix is one of my favorite holiday Chex Mix recipes because it is so simple to make and it tastes SO good. It is seriously so addictive- just set the bowl out and watch how quickly it disappears! The white chocolate coats the cereal perfectly and adds a wonderful sweetness to the crunchy mix that everyone will seriously love.
Tips for Making this Holiday Chex Mix Recipe
You can use any flavor combination of candy cane that you prefer, you really cannot go wrong here. I personally enjoy using a mixture of the round peppermint candies (as shown in picture above), crushed candy canes and I have also tossed in a few handfuls of Peppermint Crunch from time to time. The Peppermint Crunch is a product found next to the chocolate chips in the baking aisle of your grocery store. It is a combination of peppermint candy and small candy cane bits which really help to add a nice pop of color to this easy Christmas chex mix recipe.
Can I use any Chex Mix Variety?
Yes, you absolutely can! While I personally enjoy using the non-flavored simple Rice Chex or the Corn Chex cereals in my versions of this Peppermint Chex Mix Crunch, you can use any flavor of Chex that you want. In fact, using a chocolate-flavored Chex could be an amazing way to kick this Holiday Chex Mix recipe up a notch! Feel free to experiment and see which flavor combination you prefer. This is not a “one size fits all” recipe and I encourage you to choose the ingredient flavors that are you favorite!
Is This Holiday Chex Mix Recipe Gluten-Free?
If you use a gluten-free box of Chex mix, it will be! Chex currently has several boxes of gluten-free cereal meaning that you have plenty of options to choose from! Just make sure that the box says “gluten-free” on it and double-check the ingredient labels on your other ingredient items to confirm that they are also GF products. In addition, many peppermint candies are typically also gluten free. This is a perfect holiday treat for all to enjoy!
Peppermint Chex Mix Ingredients
Rice Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal: For this recipe you need 6 cups of your choice of chex cereal.
White vanilla baking chips: You will need 1 package (12 oz) of white vanilla baking chips. Another option is 2 cups of vanilla bark.
Peppermint candy: Choose your peppermint option, 1/3 cup of coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes. You you can also use 14 miniature unwrapped circle peppermint candies. Peppermint Crunch is also a great option for this recipe as it is a lovely mixture of peppermint candies.
Step by step instructions on how to Make this Easy Peppermint Chex Mix
First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Then pour your chex cereal in a large bowl.
In a separate small bowl, microwave the white chocolate vanilla baking chips or vanilla bark uncovered on high about 1 minute 30 seconds. Let sit for 2 minutes in the microwave and then stir until smooth, adding additional time in 15-second increments if needed until smooth.
Next, pour the melted chocolate over the cereal and stir until chex is well coated. Then sprinkle in half of the peppermint candy. Stir the mixture gently until it’s evenly coated.
Continue to spread the mixture in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Proceed to immediately sprinkle the remaining peppermint candy over the top of the mixture.
Leave on the counter until cooled and set, this should be about 20-30 minutes. Once cooled, gently break up the coated cereal into bite size pieces.
Serve in a large bowl or store it in an airtight container. Enjoy this delicious festive treat!
Easy Peppermint Chex Mix
- 6 cups Rice Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal
- 12 oz white vanilla baking chips/ vanilla bark (2 cups)
- ⅓ cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes or 14 miniature peppermint rounds, unwrapped
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. Then place cereal in large bowl.
- In a small bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips or vanilla bark uncovered on high about 1 minute 30 seconds. Let sit for 2 minutes in the microwave and then stir until smooth, adding additional time in 15 second increments, if needed.
- Pour melted chocolate over cereal, mix well until cereal is well coated. Sprinkle in half the peppermint candy. Stir mixture gently until evenly coated.
- Spread mixture in single layer on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining peppermint candy.
- Let cool for about 20-30 minutes. Gently break up coated cereal into small bite size pieces. Serve in large bowl or store in airtight container.
Do I Have to Use Chex Cereal?
No, You can use any cereal of your choice. I personally enjoy Chex cereal above the others because it gives a great flavor and crunch to this Christmas chex mix recipe. That being said, you can use any other similar cereal or even go completely different and select something like Cocoa Puffs! (Adding in a few mini marshmallows to a chocolate cereal variety can make you feel like you’re eating a hot chocolate crunch mix!)
Do I Have to use peppermint pieces or candy canes in this recipe?
There are other peppermint candies that you can use to keep the peppermint part of this recipe intact. Around the holidays M&M makes a peppermint M&M that are delicious. Another peppermint favorite is Andes Peppermint Crunch thins. If you do choose to use an alternate chocolate based candy, let the chocolate and cereal mixture cool for a few minutes in between adding the candy. If you add too soon the chocolate candies will melt and change the texture of the mixture.
How Long Does Peppermint Chex Mix Last?
Well, around my house it does not last long at all! But that’s not what you are asking. If you keep your Holiday Chex Mix in an airtight container it can last up to 4 days and still taste amazing. Anything after that and you may experience stale cereal which is still edible, just less enjoyable.