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Sticky Sweet-and-Salty Chex Mix (Christmas Crack) from The Food Charlatan
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4.7 from 10 votes

Sticky Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipe (Christmas Crack)

I’ve got your yummy Christmas Crack recipe right here! This Sticky Sweet and Salty Chex Mix gets its name for good reason! Once you start you just can’t stop. A simple syrup (with LOTS of butter) gets drizzled over corn Chex and studded with nuts and M&Ms. It is salty-sweet perfection!


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


  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Stir in the cashews and peanuts to get them completely coated.
  • Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray. Spray a large baking sheet with plenty of nonstick spray.
  • Add the Chex to the greased bowl, then pour the syrup over the cereal and stir to combine. Keep stirring and wait for the mixture to cool down a bit before adding your M&Ms, otherwise they tend to split open and get chocolate everywhere. 
  • Once all the cereal is coated, use a wooden spoon to spread it on a large greased baking sheet.
  • Let cool completely. It will set up some but will remain pretty sticky. Sticky's not in the title on accident :) 
  • 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.


*Debbie's recipe called for "1 17-ounce box" but I'm pretty sure they don't make that size box anymore; you know how they keep reducing the sizes on food products. I bought two 12-ounce boxes and measured out 8 cups.
The photos for this recipe show Wheat Chex. Next time I will use regular corn Chex, I wasn't a fan of the texture.


Serving: 0.5 cup, Calories: 795 kcal, Carbohydrates: 121 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 36 g, Saturated Fat: 17 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 61 mg, Sodium: 643 mg, Potassium: 215 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 91 g, Vitamin A: 1709 IU, Vitamin C: 9 mg, Calcium: 127 mg, Iron: 11 mg