Sweet Baked Caramel Chex Mix

Chex mix sweetened with caramel

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
167 Calories
6g Fat
28g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 41mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for caramel Chex Mix features cereal, nuts, and pretzels covered with a sweet and crunchy baked caramel coating. It makes the perfect afternoon snack or a great mid-day pick me up to pack for the kid's lunch.


  • 3.5 cups Corn Chex cereal (or Rice Chex cereal or similar cereal)
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 1/2 cup pretzel rods
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the cereal, nuts, and pretzels into a 9"x13" pan. Preheat the oven to 250 F.

  2. Place the butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar melts, and continue to cook, stirring until the butter is melted and the candy begins to boil.

  3. Stir in the condensed milk, and insert a candy thermometer. Continue to cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the candy reaches 238 F. Remove it from the heat, and stir in the vanilla.

  4. Pour the caramel over the cereal mixture, stirring it so that the pieces are evenly coated.

  5. Place the pan in the oven and bake it for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. It is done when the caramel mixture darkens and bubbles all over the pan.

  6. Remove the candy from the oven and scrape it onto a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil.

  7.  Allow it to cool completely at room temperature before breaking it into pieces by hand.

Note: Store Caramel Chex mix in an airtight container or bag in a cool, dry place.

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