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Sticky Sweet-and-Salty Chex Mix (Christmas Crack)

Serves Serves 8-10     adjust servings


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups salted cashews and/or peanuts (or to taste)
  • 8 cups corn Chex cereal*
  • Christmas M&Ms, optional


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil. Once there are bubbles all the way across the surface, set a timer for 3 minutes and stir occasionally. When it is a caramel consistency, remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Stir in the cashews and peanuts to get them completely coated.
  5. Add the Chex to a large bowl, then pour the syrup over the cereal and stir to combine. Stir in the M&Ms at this point if you like.
  6. Once all the cereal is coated, use a wooden spoon to spread it on a large baking sheet.
  7. Let cool completely. It will set up some but will remain pretty sticky.
  8. Store this in large ziplock bags. Or if you plan to deliver this as a gift, scoop some into a wide-mouth mason jar and tie a ribbon around the top.