Hello, my name is Kelley and I’m a chex mix-aholic.


It’s been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. I love the Original Chex Mix you can buy at every gas station across the country and I know that because I’ve picked it up on just about every road trip I’ve ever been on.

The first time I ever remember eating a homemade version was not that long ago actually. 10 years ago maybe? I was cooking for one of my clients and they had a huge tin of homemade chex mix. Apparently it was tradition and I think that the brother-in-laws mom makes it every year for the holidays and sends it out. (FYI- it must have cost a ton to ship cuz the tin was ginormous.)


Anyhow, I remember the chex mix being good but no where near as flavorful as what I’d had from the gas station. Funny what lack of sodium and MSG will do for a cereal snack. I think the original recipe is pretty good but I always find that I have to double or at least one and a half the seasonings. Just not enough flavor punch for me.

Because I’m a devotee of the salty-sweet combo I decided to give it a whirl on this old time favorite. This version is mostly savory with just a hint of sweet. It’s packed full of roasted nuts, butter pretzels, the requisite chex cereal and my personal favorite, Bugles.


The results?

Well, I can’t stop eating it. I made it for a cookie exchange that I hosted last week. It was such a nice balance to all the sweet treats and it’s the perfect nibble when you’ve got a cold beer or a glass of champagne in your hand.

It was so good I decided to make another batch to give out to friends and neighbors in addition to the platter of cookies I always hand out.

Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get a little of these…….don’t worry, if you don’t, I still love you.

Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipe


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3 cups rice chex cereal
  • 3 cups honey corn chex cereal
  • 3 cups Bugles
  • 1 1/2 cups butter pretzels
  • 1 cup roasted, salted mixed nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 275F degrees.
  2. Place butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and soy sauce in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until the butter melts and sugar dissolves. Stir in seasoned salt.
  3. Pour the rice chex, honey corn chex, Bugles, pretzels and nuts into a large baking pan. Drizzle the syrup a little at a time over the cereal and mix well. Continue adding syrup until all of it has been added and the chex mix is evenly coated.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, stirring the chex mix every 15 minutes, rotating pan half way through. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Chex mix should keep for about 1 week.
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26 Responses to Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipe

  1. Maria says:

    Love the sweet and salty combo! This would be dangerous in front of me!

  2. Yum, I love sweet and salty anything! This looks great!

  3. I’ve always loved Chex Mix, and living abroad means I can only get it for a way-too-expensive price. This looks terrific. Oh, and I’m totally with you on the bugels.

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  4. I forgot how much my family loves Chex Mix… I just put this on my shopping list for a sneaky surprise.

  5. Deborah says:

    I am a salty and sweet lover, and this is pretty much perfection to me!

  6. Susan says:

    Our homemade chex mis always had pretzle sticks, cherrios, the three kidns of chex and nuts in it. I loved the pieces that got stuck in the corners of the baking sheet and soaked up all the seasoning-I remember it involved salt, garlic powder, worcheshire sauce and butter and lots of stirring before it was done and we were able to eat it hot out of the oven. to me that has way more flavor than the bagged stuff with 10 times to many pretzels in it!
    The sweet salty combo sounds awesome too. thanks for sharing.

  7. Serenity983 says:

    Sounds yummy, gonna try tonight. I make regular chex mix all the time to satisfy my teenagers snack requirements šŸ™‚ I also like to add way more seasoning then the recipe calls for. My trick is to take pita chips (or bugels) and use a pastry brush to coat them before putting them in the oven, big flavor punch. I also regularly throw in various snack leftovers from around the house; cheerios, other cereals, cheese its, nuts leftover from baking, whatever. butter toffee peanuts are great for the sweet and salty. Anywhay, thanks!

  8. Kim says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I”m wondering how worcheshire sauce would be in place of the soy sauce? I might give that a whirl as I prefer that taste over Soy sauce. Thanks again!

  9. Karen says:

    Can you explain what exactly seasoned salt is? Is this a standard spice I’ve never seen before?! Kind of like the different varieties of Mrs. Dash?

    Thank you,

  10. Karen says:

    No need for response to question on the seasoned salt – found it at the grocery.
    Thank you,

  11. Sue G. says:

    This was a big hit at Xmas this year for my family. My oven must be hotter than yours, because it was just on the verge of burning after 1/2 hour, but that was the only modification I had to make. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Annie Kelley says:

    Hi, I just made this recipe and it is great! Flavor is unique. The only thing I noticed is that it isn’t as dry as I thought it would be. I mean, it’s crunchy and all, but there is a slight oily residue on your hands when you eat it. Is that normal? Everyone loves it, I just wondered if I did something wrong. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  13. Tina says:

    How much does this recipe yield ?

  14. Lezlie says:

    can this be made in the microwave instead of the oven like the original chex mix recipe has that option

  15. AJ says:

    Has anyone ever used the Cinnamon Chex in a recipe? On cherrios I find that they are so small, and dont bring much to the table. I use Bugles, Cheetos ) Crunchy ) and A flavored prenzil along with all corn, rice & wheat chex. I am a Butter with lots of wish sauce and then only onion powder and it is amazing…However, I have 3 boxes of the cinnamon chex left and I thought would be great with my normal recipe but not sure if I should alter and do a sweet over the savory? What do you think? BTW adding in the bugles and cheetos is way popular with my old school family…A must try.

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