Cinnamon Sugar Sweet and Salty Chex Mix recipe is an easy snack mix that combines the best of both sweet and salty for a Chex mix that will feed a crowd!
This Cinnamon Sugar Sweet and Salty Chex Mix is a mix of crackers and nuts and cereal that’s topped with a sweet and salty honey butter glaze and then dusted with cinnamon sugar. It’s an easy throw-together snack that’s perfect for get-togethers or just lazy afternoons spent at home!
This snack mix is a great mix of sweet and salty. That sweet and salty combo makes it extra addictive, so be sure to have a friend (or 10) over when you make this!
Ingredient notes and substitutions
- Cereal: Feel free to change the cereal up to fit your preferences. For example, if you don’t want to use wheat Chex, just replace it with an equal amount of corn or rice Chex instead.
- Nuts: I like to use cashews in this recipe, but there’s no reason that you couldn’t use another nut. Unsalted pecans, walnuts, or peanuts would all work well. If you don’t want to use nuts, just use additional cereal instead.
- Sugar: There’s a range given for the amount of sugar. The higher end will give you a snack mix that’s a little more sweet than salty.
How to make cinnamon sugar sweet and salty Chex mix
Here you’ll find the step-by-step photos showing how to make this recipe. The full recipe, including ingredients, is given below.
Step 1: Add the cereals, pretzels, crackers, and nuts to a large mixing bowl. This recipe makes a huge batch of Chex mix, so be sure to use a large or extra large mixing bowl so that you have plenty of room.
Step 2: Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the honey, vanilla, and salt.
Step 3: Pour the honey butter mixture over the cereal mixture and toss to coat.
Step 4: Transfer the Chex mix to the prepared baking sheet. I use a half sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Top tip >> If you don’t have a rimmed baking sheet that large, then you can use two smaller baking sheets. It’s important that the cereal is spread in a single layer and not piled on top on itself so that it can crisp up.
Step 5: Stir together the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
Step 6: Bake for 40 minutes, stirring 3 times. Then toss with cinnamon sugar and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Pan: If you have a sheet pan with deep sides, that will work well in this recipe.
- Halving the recipe: This recipe makes a huge batch of snack mix. I’ve halved the recipe, and the only change I had to make was to the recipe amounts.
The snack mix should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. When properly stored, it should keep for up to 1 week.
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Cinnamon Sugar Sweet and Salty Chex Mix
- 3 cups Corn Chex
- 2 cups Cheerios
- 1 cup Wheat Chex
- 2 cups Mini or Round Saltine Crackers
- 2 cups unsalted whole cashews1
- 2 cups pretzel sticks
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2-3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 275 F. Line a half sheet pan with silicone baking mat. If you don’t have a half sheet pan, line two smaller pans.
- Combine Chex cereals, Cheerios, pretzels, crackers, and nuts in a large bowl.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter.
- Stir honey, vanilla, and salt into melted butter.
- Pour honey butter mixture over snack mix, and toss to evenly coat.
- Transfer snack mix to prepared baking sheet(s).
- Spread snack mix out in an even layer.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Stir.
- Bake for another 15 minutes. Stir.
- Bake for another 10 minutes. Stir.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon together.
- Sprinkle over snack mix, tossing to coat.
- Bake for 10 more minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Can substitute a different whole nut or extra cereal.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
Originally published 12/26/16. Updated with new photos and tips 10/31/19.
Adapted from Real Housemoms.
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