Sweet, salty and perfect for sharing, Christmas Chex Mix is festive and simple to put together. Calling for just seven easy to find ingredients, this sweet and salty chex mix recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes. Makes 12 servings.
If you’re in the market for a recipe that’s great for sharing this holiday season, this one is for YOU.
Not only is it excellent to share, but it’s also very easy to make for any type of gathering.
So if you’re hosting a cookie exchange and need a sweet-salty snack? This is it.
If you’re hosting a cookie decorating party and don’t want guests to just eat cookies for the duration of the party? This is an excellent option!
Why I love this recipe:
I’m a big sweet-salty food fan, so this Christmas Chex Mix recipe is right up my alley.
What’s not to love?
- It’s perfect for holiday snacking, as well as gifting.
- Speaking of snacking, this would go over splendidly at a holiday party!
- You could add it to a Cookie Gift Box, and that would be a colorful, tasty addition!
- You can also customize it to your tastebuds, and I talk about that at length below.
It combines two well-loved cereals with salted peanuts, pretzels, chocolate-coated candies, sprinkles AND white chocolate.
I mean… how could we NOT celebrate with this Holiday Chex Mix?
Other easy festive treats to make and share: Christmas Rice Krispie Treats | Christmas Funfetti Cookies | Chex Mix Puppy Chow | Sweet and Savory Party Mix | No Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies | M&M Christmas Cookie Bars
Need sweet inspiration? Check out my Dessert Recipe Index for more ideas.
What you need to make this recipe:
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Let’s talk ingredients!
In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.
Here’s what you need:
- Chex Cereal—you can use rice, corn or any combination of the two. I used the Rice Chex in these photos.
- Cheerios—you can use regular or Honey Nut Cheerios for this recipe.
- Mini pretzel twists—you could also use small pretzel rods if you like those better, but I personally like the shape of these!
- Lightly salted roasted peanuts—these add such a nice salty crunch!
- Holiday M&M’s (or other colorful chocolate-coated candies)—these add some pops of color and crunch to the snack mixture!
- White chocolate melting chips—I like these better than white chocolate chips because they melt more easily. These Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers are my favorite.
- Holiday-themed sprinkles—for more color and texture!
Please note that we’re NOT using corn syrup or peanut butter to hold these together. (If you want peanut butter, let me suggest making Chex Mix Puppy Chow.)
Substitutions for this Sweet and Salty Chex Mix recipe:
Because you can definitely make ‘em, here are a few thoughts on what swaps would still yield an awesome result.
- Chex Mix: You can use a combination of rice, wheat and corn or all one variety. These photos show 3 cups Rice Chex and 3 cups Corn Chex.
- Cheerios: You can substitute regular Cheerios for the Honey Nut variety in this recipe.
- Pretzels: You may use pretzel twists, as shown here, or rods!
- Sprinkles: Use your favorite! While this is a Christmas-themed Chex Mix recipe, you can change up the colors of the sprinkles and candies and make it for any holiday… or just because!
How to make Christmas Chex Mix
Gather your products and tools. This means finding an extra large mixing bowl, as well as getting out the boxes and bags of ingredients.
Mix the ingredients together. Do this in an extra large bowl because there is a lot of cereals, pretzel twists, and roasted peanuts to stir together.
Pour onto a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle those M&M’s on top. (Or whatever chocolate-covered candies you’re using.)
Melt the white chocolate chips. Do this in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat them on high power for 60 seconds. Give them a stir to help them finish melting and smooth out the chocolate.
White chocolate burns easily, so keep an eye on it.
If any large chunks of white chocolate are remaining after you’ve melted for 60 seconds and stirred thoroughly, melt for another 15-second increment and stir until it’s smooth.
Drizzle on the white chocolate to the cereal mixture.
Sprinkle the holiday sprinkles onto the white chocolate. This will ensure they stick and don’t fall off!
Stir to combine. Use a spoon, rubber spatula or clean hands to mix and toss the mixture to evenly distribute the white chocolate. Work quickly so that you can coat everything before the chocolate sets.
Let sit. It needs to hang out for 15 minutes so the chocolate can finish setting and cool completely. Trust me here.
Break it up. If there are any large chunks, break them apart using your hands.
Serve! And enjoy!
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
This Christmas Chex Mix would be an excellent snack item to serve at any gathering this holiday season, whether you’re hosting a cookie exchange or a cookie decorating party.
You don’t really need an occasion to make this goodness, though.
Here are some things you can do if you want to serve these to a crowd:
- Make the snack mix in advance. The beauty in this is it can be stored for up to four days at room temperature, so you can make it a day or two in advance, then set it out for guests without needing to sweat.
- Serve it in a big bowl… or package it up individually for guests! You could put it in a small bakery box or even an individual to-go baggies.
- Swap out colors for different festivities. Wouldn’t this sweet and salty Chex Mix recipe be fun with rainbow colors to celebrate a birthday?
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. I’ve included them in the recipe card below because there are a lot of substitutions you can make.
The best tricks and tips for homemade snack mix
- Want those sprinkles to stick? Evenly sprinkle on the sprinkles as soon as you are done drizzling on the white chocolate. This will ensure that the sprinkles stick to the chocolate. Otherwise, the chocolate will start to set, and the sprinkles will fall off.
- How to mix in the melted chocolate. The easiest way to mix the melted white chocolate into the mixture is on a large tray or baking sheet. You quickly and evenly distribute the melted chocolate before it starts to set.
- How to store: Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days.
Chex Mix recipes for Christmas and other holidays:
- Gluten-Free Maple Cayenne Chex Party Mix
- Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Chex Mix
- Halloween Popcorn Snack Mix
- St. Patrick’s Day Snack Mix
- Bunny Bait Easter Snack Mix
Sweet, salty and perfect for sharing, ChristmasChex Mix is festive and simple to put together. Calling for just seven easy to find ingredients, this sweet and salty chex mix recipe is ready in less than 30minutes.
- 6 cups Chex Cereal
- 3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
- 1 cup mini pretzel twists
- 1 cup lightly salted roasted peanuts
- 2 cups Holiday M&M’s
- 20 oz. white chocolate melting chips
- 2 tablespoons holiday-themed sprinkles
- Toss together the chex cereal, cheerios, pretzel twists, and roasted peanuts in an extra large mixing bowl.
- Pour the mix onto a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the M&M candies on top of the cereal mixture.
- Melt the white chocolate melting chips. Place the chips in a microwave safe-bowl and heat on high power for 60 seconds. Stir well to finish melting and smoothing out the chocolate. (If any large chunks remain, melt for another 15 seconds and stir, stir, stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Keep an eye on it because white chocolate burns very easily.)
- Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the cereal mixture immediately.
- Sprinkle the holiday sprinkles on top of the white chocolate to ensure it sticks.
- Use a spoon, rubber spatula or clean hands to mix and toss the mixture to evenly distribute the white chocolate before it sets. Work quickly because the chocolate sets up faster than you might imagine.
- Let the mixture rest for 15 minutes so that the chocolate can finish cooling and setting.
- Use your hands to break up any large chunks of the mixture.
- Transfer to a large serving bowl, and enjoy!
How to store: Store leftover mix in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days.
•Chex Mix: You can use a combination of rice and corn or all one variety. These photos show 3 cups Rice Chex and 3 cups Corn Chex.
•Cheerios: You can substitute regular Cheerios for the Honey Nut variety in this recipe.
•Pretzels: You may use pretzel twists, as shown here, or rods!
Other tips and tricks:
●Evenly sprinkle on the sprinkles the moment you are done drizzling on the white chocolate so that it sticks to the chocolate. Otherwise, the chocolate will start to set and the sprinkles will fall off.
●The easiest way to mix the melted white chocolate into the mixture is on a large tray or baking sheet. You quickly and evenly distribute the melted chocolate before it starts to set.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 628Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 342mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 4gSugar: 56gProtein: 10g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.