Holiday Chex Mix

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When I was in high school, my Momma handed me a recipe she found and asked if I would make it. It was around this time of year, and I honestly don’t remember where the recipe came from. I only make it during the holiday season and it’s always a big hit! Just go ahead and call it Holiday Crack. Once you start eating this, you won’t stop! This is one recipe you won’t throw away and will make over and over to take to parties and to just have around the house. The nice thing about this recipe is you can add or take away mix-in ingredients as you like.

holidaychexmix

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Corn Chex
  • ~4 c. Popped, Popcorn (I usually just buy the kernels and pop it myself. Just follow the directions on the bag. It’s real easy.)
  • ~2 c. Peanuts (I usually just sprinkle them over the mix until it looks good. Sometimes I don’t even include them.)
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) Butter
  • 2 c. Light Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 c. Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 teas. Baking Soda
  • 2 teas. Vanilla
  • ~4 c. Chocolate Covered Pretzels (I never measure. I just use what looks good.)
  • 1 bag Holiday M&M’s

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 250F.
  2. In a large, aluminum roasting pan, mix corn chex, popcorn and peanuts.
  3. In a heavy, medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir continuously until it starts to boil. Once it boils, leave it be and let it boil about 5 minutes. (Sometimes the caramel mixture will look funky (cloudy colored, thick or weird consistency, don’t worry it’ll be fine. It turns out like this because it boiled longer than need be.)
  4. Remove caramel mixture from heat and add baking soda and vanilla. Be careful because the vanilla will have a weird reaction with the mixture and cause it to rapidly boil where the vanilla was poured. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour caramel mixture over chex mix. Stir. (If you feel like you don’t have enough caramel, have no fear you do! As it bakes, it will spread out.)
  6. Bake in oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and stir continuously to break up pieces until you think they won’t stick together anymore. If you don’t stir, it will harden into one piece in the pan. It’s OK if this happens, just break it up. Cool completely.
  8. Once the chex mix is completely cooled, add the chocolate covered pretzels and M&M’s. Stir.
  9. Store in an airtight container. This mix will be good for several weeks, but trust me it won’t last that long!

Enjoy!

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About Chelsey Ahrens

I currently work for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in the Animal Science Department. I'm the Specialty Livestock/Youth Education Specialist. I have a Ph.D. in agricultural communications from Texas Tech, a master's in agricultural leadership from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's in animals science from the University of Arkansas. I love all things agriculture, particularly livestock. I also like to bake, cook, can, sew, and play with my dog child, Shooter.

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