As children we loved a bowl of Chex for breakfast, and in middle school Chex Mix was on every table at those PG-rated parties.  Now, in college, your childhood favorite is coming back but with your own personal twist.  Every Chex Mix recipe consists of the four essential bases: Chex, pretzels, chips, nuts and candy.  However, there are an infinite number of combinations of ingredients to construct a Chex Mix personalized just for you.  Using my favorite things on the grocery store shelves I made my own Chex Mix with Snyder’s Butter Snap pretzels, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, Pretzel M&Ms, roasted almonds and a salty sauce.  A big batch of homemade Chex Mix is perfect for a gathering of friends or in single servings as a daily snack.  Choose one (or more) options from each of the columns below and then choose a salty or sweet sauce. Time to get creative.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 24

chex mix

Photo by Susanna Tuan


Chex Base (9 Cups):
Corn Chex cereal
Rice Chex cereal
Wheat Chex cereal
Chocolate Chex cereal
Cinnamon Chex cereal
Honey Nut Chex cereal
Apple Cinnamon Chex cereal

Chip Base (1 Cup):
Bagel chips
Pita chips
Tortilla chips
Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips
Banana chips

Pretzel Base (1 Cup):
Butter Snaps pretzels
Honey whole wheat pretzels
Pretzel nuggets
Pretzel rods
Pretzel Crisps
Peanut butter filled pretzels

Nut Base (1 Cup):
Pumpkin seeds
Honey roasted peanuts
Old-fashioned oats
Macadamia nuts

Candy Base (1 Cup):
M&Ms (any kind)
Chocolate chips
Dried fruit
Candied nuts
Caramelized popcorn
Chocolate/yogurt covered pretzels
Coconut flakes

Salty Sauce:
6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¾ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder

Sweet Sauce:
6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup
¼ cup sugar or brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large microwavable bowl mix Chex, chips, pretzels, nuts and candy
  2. In a small microwavable bowl microwave butter for a minute
  3. Stir the seasonings into the butter, pour over the cereal mixture and stir
  4. Microwave for 5 minutes, thoroughly stirring every minute
  5. Let cool and enjoy!