A cross between caramel corn and Chex mix, this Caramel Chex Mix is sure to become a new favorite.
I came up with this recipe years ago. I took my favorite caramel corn recipe, which came from my husband’s grandmother, but instead of popcorn, I used Chex cereal.
The result was amazingly good.
It is kind of like regular Chex mix in the fact that it is a bit addicting. You just eat a little here and there and the next thing you know you ate way too much.
We love this for family movie night. My kids like it because it is different than our normal snacks like popcorn or even caramel corn. They would love it if I made this more often.
I use just Chex cereal in this to keep it gluten free, but you could easily add other things to it.
I have added M&M’s to it before and we enjoy it that way. If you add M&M’s add them after you bake it and it has cooled.
- corn Chex
- rice Chex
- brown sugar
- corn syrup
- cream of tartar
- baking soda
- 9 cups corn chex
- 9 cups rice chex
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup butter
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Place Chex into one very large bowl or pan, or 2 medium to large bowls.
- In a pan bring the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and cream of tarter to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Stir in the baking soda quickly and remove from heat.
- Pour over Chex and stir well. The caramel sauce should coat the Chex. You need to stir this fast because it will start to harden.
- Spread onto two baking sheets (lining the pans with foil or a silpat mat will make clean up easier) Bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes. I rotate the sheets around and stir every 15 minutes.
- This is not crisp when you first take it out. It will harden up as it cools on the sheets. Break up into pieces and place in a bowl and serve.
If you are gluten-free be sure to read labels to make sure that your ingredients are gluten-free.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 453Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 522mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 2gSugar: 45gProtein: 3g
Nutritional values are approximate and aren't always accurate.
Originally posted in April 2010. Updated December 2022.