Sticky Chex Mix features two different kinds of cereal and almonds covered in a delicious sugar syrup. It’s sweet, crunchy, totally addicting, and the perfect holiday treat!
This easy sticky Chex mix is one of my favorite Christmas treats! My mom would always store it in a big yellow bowl in the pantry and I always remember sneaking a handful whenever I could.
It’s sweet, crunchy, and totally addicting!
This recipe works because it:
- Uses simple and familiar ingredients. You may need to grab the cereal, but you probably have everything for the sticky syrup already.
- Makes a lot! It’s perfect to leave out for some holiday snacking. And if you don’t eat it all yourself, it makes a great gift for neighbors.
- Is something everyone will enjoy. Even though there are nuts, they are small enough for picky eaters to pick out.
Combine 10 cups of Rice Chex and 5 cups of Corn Chex in a large bowl and set aside.
Add 1½ cups of light corn syrup, 1½ cups of granulated sugar, and 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons of margarine to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Boil for 2 minutes (set a timer).
Remove the syrup from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Pour the syrup over the cereal and stir to make sure everything is coated.
Pour the cereal onto large metal baking sheets. Add ½ cup sliced almonds and mix everything together.
Allow the Chex mix to cool. Store in airtight containers.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
There are lots of different recipes out there for sticky Chex mix and they all call for different amounts of cereal. I like how the cereal is lightly coated with this recipe, but if you want a lot of sticky syrup on your cereal you can start with half of the cereal called for and add more until it’s the consistency you want.
Make sure you use a large bowl so you can easily stir all the ingredients without any spills.
And if you don’t have a large bowl, you should separate the cereal into two bowls before pouring the syrup on.
Spray your bowl with cooking spray to keep the sticky Chex mix from clinging to the sides.
It’s best to use a wooden spoon to stir the Chex mix. And you can spray it with a little cooking spray, too, to keep the Chex from clinging to it.
This recipe calls for margarine, which you may not on have on hand. You can substitute butter but it won’t make the syrup as sticky.
Only boil the syrup for 2 minutes or it will harden after the mix dries and clump all of the cereal together. The cereal should easily pull apart from each other.
And make sure you stir the syrup constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Some recipes call for you to add the nuts when you combine the cereal, but I find you can get them more evenly distributed if you add them when the cereal is on the cookie sheets.
While you should follow the ingredient amounts for the syrup, feel free to add more/less almonds, and you can even try some of these mix-ins:
- Shredded coconut
- Golden Graham cereal
- Chocolate chips (you should wait until the syrup cools to add these)
- Holiday M&M’s (you should wait until the syrup cools to add these)
More Like This
Looking for more easy and delicious Christmas treats? You’ll love these:
- Snow Globe Sugar Cookies
- Marshmallow Fudge
- Cracker Candy
- Chocolate Almond Balls
- Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Always stick to the ingredient amounts in the recipe, especially the liquid ingredients.
If your Chex mix still turns out soggy, you may have poured all the wet ingredients onto one spot, or didn’t stir well.
You can fix the problem by adding in some more of the dry cereal and stirring to combine.
I hope your family loves this sticky Chex mix! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!
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Sweet and Sticky Chex Mix
- 10 cups Rice Chex Cereal
- 5 cups Corn Chex Cereal
- 1 ½ cups light corn syrup
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons margarine*, 2 sticks + 2 Tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup almonds, sliced
- Combine Rice Chex and Corn Chex in a large bowl and set aside.
- Add corn syrup, granulated sugar, and margarine to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Boil for 2 minutes (set a timer).
- Remove the syrup from the heat and add vanilla. Pour the syrup over the cereal and stir to make sure everything is coated.
- Pour the cereal onto large metal baking sheets. Add sliced almonds and mix everything together.
- Allow the Chex mix to cool. Store in airtight containers.