Deliciously Easy: 5 Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipes for Microwave Magic

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Deliciously Easy: 5 Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipes for Microwave Magic

Hey, snack lovers! Ever crave that perfect mix of sweet and salty? Say hello to Chex Mix, the ultimate snack for any mood. What’s even cooler? These five microwaveable Sweet and Salty Chex Mix recipes are easy, quick, and don’t need an oven. My family has been loving these recipes for over 30 years since I started making them as a newlywed in the 90’s! From game day to movie night, these recipes are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and salty snack cravings.

Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipes – Cranberry-Orange

Kick things off with the Cranberry-Orange Chex Mix. A delightful blend of sweet and tangy, this mix is perfect for the holiday season and family gatherings. It’s all about simple ingredients like dried cranberries, orange juice, brown sugar, and butter. Mix it up in a large bowl, pop it in the microwave, and you have a homemade Chex mix that’s a huge hit.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 1 cup sliced Almonds
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • ¼ cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup Orange Juice Concentrate (thawed)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Directions:

Mix cereals and almonds in a large microwavable bowl; set aside. Microwave butter, brown sugar, and OJ concentrate in a 1-cup microwavable measuring cup on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Stir.

Pour over the cereal mix, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stopping to stir every 1 minute. Stir in the dried cranberries. Spread on parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet to cool. Store in an airtight container.

A hand-written recipe card with the Chex Cranberry Orange recipe.
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Sweet & Salty Chex Mix Recipes – Sweet & Snowy

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This Sweet and Snowy Chex Mix is your dream come true: A Chex mix recipe that combines peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate, and cereal squares. This sweet mix is ideal for a game day treat or a cozy movie night. Once mixed, store this delicious snack in airtight containers or cellophane bags for easy munching.

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups of Chex cereal, any variety
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Measure cereals and place them in a large microwavable bowl; set aside. Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a 1 or 2-quart microwave-safe bowl on high for 1-2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour the mix into a large zippered bag. Add the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake it until everything is coated. Spread on parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipes – School Fuel

Here’s something for the road trips or as a crunchy snack – the Chex Mix School Fuel. It’s another sweet option, this time drizzled with chocolate. I like to get adventurous and add honey-roasted peanuts and M&Ms for an extra sweet kick! This salty and sweet Chex mix recipe is a perfect snack for kids and parents alike, easily mixed in a large bowl and microwaved to perfection.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups corn Chex cereal
  • 4 cups rice Chex cereal
  • ¼ c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional:  1 cup of pretzels, honey-roasted peanuts, or chocolate candies

Directions:

Measure cereals and place them in a large microwavable bowl; set aside. Microwave the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup, uncovered, in a 1 cup microwavable measuring cup on high for 1-2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds until melted. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. 

Pour the mixture over the cereal, stirring until it is evenly coated. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stopping to stir every 1 minute. Spread on the parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet to cool. After about 10 minutes, break into pieces.

Microwave the chocolate chips in a small bowl in 30-second increments until the chips are smooth. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the snack pieces. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set. Store sealed in an airtight container.

A hand-written recipe card with the Chex Mix "School Fuel" recipe.
The back of a hand-written recipe card with the Chex "School Fuel" recipe.

Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipes – Hot and Spicy

Turn up the heat with the Hot and Spicy Chex Mix. It’s a savory Chex mix loaded with Worcestershire sauce and a blend of spices to kick your tastebuds. My adult sons love this spicy mix every year for the Super Bowl. And since they are Lions fans, if a little spicy Chex mix makes game day a little more palatable, I make it a point to deliver.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ¼ tsp seasoned salt
  • 2-3 tsp red pepper sauce
  • 3 cups corn Chex
  • 3 cups rice Chex
  • 3 cups wheat Chex
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup cheese crackers

Directions:

Mix cereals, nuts, pretzels, and crackers in a large microwavable bowl; set aside. Microwave the butter in a 1-cup microwavable measuring cup on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Mix in the seasonings.

Pour over the cereal mix, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stopping to stir every 2 minutes. Spread on parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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Sweet & Salty Chex Mix Recipes – Original

Last but not least is the classic Original Chex Mix. This traditional snack mix recipe is a personal favorite for good reason. A mix of cereal squares, salty pretzels, and other crunchy snacks, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors. Ideal for holiday parties, this easy recipe is great for sharing with friends.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup garlic or plain bagel chips

Directions:

Mix cereals, nuts, pretzels, and bagel chips in a large microwavable bowl; set aside. Microwave the butter in a 1-cup microwavable measuring cup on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Stir. Add the spices and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the cereal mix, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stopping to stir every 2 minutes. Spread on parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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Wrapping it all Up

There you have it, friends – five easy, delicious, sweet and salty Chex mix recipes, perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a party or need a quick snack, these microwaveable mixes will be a hit. Give them a try and see which one becomes your new personal favorite! We like the Classic Mix and the Orange Cranberry Mix at my house.

Do you have a favorite Chex Mix recipe? Share your sweet and salty creations in the comments or with your friends. Happy snacking!

Frequently Asked Questions About Chex Mix

What are the 3 components of Chex Mix?

Chex Mix, a favorite snack, is primarily composed of crunchy cereal squares from the Chex brand, nuts like peanuts or almonds for a rich, savory taste, and pretzels for added saltiness and crunch. These ingredients create a balanced blend of flavors and textures, making Chex Mix popular.

How do you keep Chex Mix from getting soggy?

To keep Chex Mix crisp and fresh, cool it entirely on a baking sheet or parchment paper after preparation, and then store it in an airtight container to prevent staleness and sogginess. Additionally, keeping the container in a dry place away from moisture and humidity will help maintain its enjoyable texture and flavor.

What are the ingredients in Chex Mix traditional savory snack mix?

Traditional savory Chex Mix combines crunchy Chex cereals, nuts, and pretzels with savory seasonings like Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and garlic powder, all coated in melted butter or margarine. This blend of ingredients creates its distinctive flavor and texture, often enhanced with optional add-ins like bagel chips, and is typically baked or microwaved for a crispy finish.

Is there a lot of salt in Chex Mix?

Chex Mix is known for its savory flavor, partly due to its salt content from pretzels, nuts, and seasoned salt. The amount of salt varies between homemade and store-bought versions, so it’s advisable to check nutritional labels for specific sodium information. If you’re conscious about salt intake, consider enjoying Chex Mix in moderation or opting for low-sodium versions.

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