Snickers Chex Mix

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 Snickers Chex Mix is crispy, chewy, salty, sweet and irresistible!

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Let’s talk about Chex Mix, specifically my inability to control myself around a bowl of it, mmkay?

Whether it’s the original blend both Ben’s and my Mom make around the holidays (extra worcestershire sauce and garlic powder in my Mom’s version, Cheerios in Ben’s,) or sweet and powdery Puppy Chow hiding a chocolaty, peanut buttery surprise – I simply cannot get enough. If it’s around, my hand will go back for a bite again and again, and again and again.

Heck, I even like the packaged stuff! Everyday before synchronized swimming practice in high school my friends and I would feed the vending machines for a bag of original chex mix and can of Mountain Dew. I remember setting the ice cold can on the ledge of the pool to quench my thirst in between holding my breath for what felt like an hour under water, then counteracting the whole bit by eating soggy, salty chex mix in the bleachers afterwards. Healthy, no?

Anyway, I’ve got an outrageous, sweet and salty twist on Chex Mix that you’re going to go crazy for – Snickers Chex Mix! 

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Made completely in the microwave, this sweet, sticky, chewy, crunchy, chocolate, peanutty Chex Mix is Chocolate Chex drizzled with more melted chocolate and drippy caramel then sprinkled with salted peanuts and Snickers Bites. Yes – Snickers. Bites.

Have a game plan ready for when you make this outrageous, addicting dessert – you won’t want to be alone with a whole batch!

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Start by pouring 8 cups Chocolate Chex, the base of our Snickers Chex Mix, in a big, microwave-safe baking dish. I used a big casserole dish!

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Next, make the homemade caramel sauce that will help the chex mix stick together in big, yummy hunks. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar, 6 Tablespoons butter, and 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup to a microwave-safe dish then microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Finally, stir in 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.

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Drizzle the mixture over the cereal then stir to coat the best you can. It’s ok if not every single chex is covered.

Next, microwave the cereal for 3 minutes, stirring every minute, then spread out onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet to cool for 15 minutes before breaking into bite-sized pieces.

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SNICKERS TOPPING TIME! Ahem. 

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First microwave 3/4 cup chocolate chips until smooth then drizzle over the chex with a spoon. Next microwave 1/2 cup caramel bits with 1 Tablespoon heavy cream (or half and half – I used my French Vanilla Coconut Milk coffee creamer) until smooth then drizzle that on top of the chocolate.

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While the chocolate and caramel are still warm, sprinkle on 3/4 cup salted peanuts, then bring out the big guns – Snickers Bites! Have you had these? They are AMAZING! Some of the “bites” I can’t really get on board with – the ratios are all off – but these babies are just right.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup Snickers Bites on top of the mixture then pop the whole pan in the refrigerator to let the caramel and chocolate set up.

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Once the chex mix is completely cool, break it into big hunks then enjoy!

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Snickers Chex Mix

Print this recipe!

Adapted from Chex.com

Ingredients:
8 cups Chocolate Chex
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup caramel bits
1 Tablespoon heavy cream or half & half (I used French Vanilla coffee creamer)
3/4 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup Snickers Bites

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper then set aside. Add cereal to a large, microwave-safe dish or bowl then set aside.
  2. Add brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through, then stir in baking soda. Pour mixture over chocolate chex then stir to coat. Microwave for 3 minutes, stirring every minute, then pour onto prepared baking sheet. Cool completely, about 15 minutes, then break into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Add chocolate chips to a microwave-safe dish then microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each increment, until smooth. Drizzle over chex using a spoon.
  4. Add caramel bits and heavy cream to a microwave-safe dish then microwave for 1 minute, stirring halfway through, until smooth. Drizzle over chex using a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle peanuts and Snickers bites over chex mix while caramel and chocolate are still warm. Place in the refrigerator to cool completely then break apart and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Like I said – highly addicting. Make for the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, or any day that ends in an -ay. Do you really need an excuse?! ; ) Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. I absolutely hate snickers (I know, I’m like the only person in the world), but that check mix looks awesome. I didn’t know they had bite size! That might be great to have around when I’m feelin the need for some chocolate!

  2. Chelsea 01.31.2014

    wow, doesnt get much better than that…simply devine for the tastebuds yet so naughty for the waistline…love it!

  3. Ha! This would be my favorite version for sure. This looks amazing!

  4. I seriously had Chex mix for dinner the other night. Probably not the best choice nutritionally, but Friday night meals don’t count.
    I am dying over your Snickers version! My hubby’s favorite candy bar is Snickers and also is a Chex Mix-a-holic….so this is happening. Potentially Friday dinner round 2. Yes.

  5. Abi@AbsofSteel 01.31.2014

    oh my goodness, I love this idea. If I wasn’t already planning on making fudge for the Superbowl party I’m going to I would totally make this. Seriously, I’m drooling.

  6. Nicole 01.31.2014

    This looks delicious, but dangerous!!

  7. Madison 01.31.2014

    I made some chex mix earlier this year called “Better than sex” chex mix. Wow. Couldn’t keep my hands off it! This snickers one looks EVEN better.

  8. Almost all of your recipes are being used at our Super Bowl party! I think we need to add this one to the list as well!

  9. SMum 01.31.2014

    Oh, my. Don’t think I could handle having that around! Think it would cancel out if I continuously worked out while eating it?
    On a side note, I just learned that making caramel sauce with brown sugar instead of white actually makes it butterscotch :)

  10. Colleen 01.31.2014

    The hubby and kids would love this! Where in the world did you find that huge bag of unwrapped fun size snickers?

  11. Becky 01.31.2014

    This sounds awesome! My husband loves snickers, so we’ll have to give this a shot!

    Do you get the coconut milk creamer at Hyvee? It sounds great!

  12. Lauren 01.31.2014

    I can’t believe you did synchronized swimming in high school! I did too and any time I tell someone that as an adult I always get a funny look. :) It was a blast though. My go-to was Snyder’s honey mustard pretzels…I remember scrounging for quarters before practice.

    This snack looks delicious!

    • I can’t believe it either- I also did synchro from age 7-16! I still blame it for the hard time I’ve had eating healthy as an adult- it was so easy to down 2 bagels before/during Saturday practices and eat half a pan of brownies afterwards. Oh, the good ol’ days. :)

      • Elly 02.04.2014

        Me three! I’ve been reading IGE for a while now and love that we share a synchro past.

  13. why would you put this out into the internet??? now i think i have to eat a snickers…can i blame it on the baby?

  14. Chicago Jogger 01.31.2014

    This would be SO dangerous for me! I would end up eating all of the Snickers bits right out of there ;)

  15. Brigitt 01.31.2014

    Um, yes please!! This looks amazing! Might be too dangerous for me to make, because I’d probably finish the whole bowl myself…

  16. I see snack in my future this weekend! Perfect for Superbowl! YUM

  17. Melissa 01.31.2014

    This was pure evil of you to post!! Amazingly wonderful but evil:-)

  18. Major craving happening over here right now! YUM!

  19. Melissa 01.31.2014

    This looks amazing! I have had something similar with Fritos, the ultiamte salty and sweet combo, but the mini Snickers are just too adorable!

  20. Lindsey B 01.31.2014

    ok, dumb question — but did you add the baking soda after the full 2 minutes of microwaving the caramel sauce, or did you add it at the half-way mark when you stirred?

  21. Odette 01.31.2014

    Hi Kristen!!

    This looks amazing!

    Quick question, anything I can sub the corn syrup for? I don’t like purchasing anything with it or cooking with it so I was just wondering what I Can replace it with!

    Thanks,

    • Susan 02.03.2014

      You could use golden syrup (Tate and Lyle) – its made from sugar beet or sugar cane and not corn.

  22. erica 01.31.2014

    omg. that looks so sinfully delicious!!!

  23. Ok, this looks AMAZING….and like I would gain 5 pounds just by looking at it. (I’m pretty sure I would end up polishing off the whole batch!)

  24. Courtney 01.31.2014

    So I was at Hyvee, and was going to make the steak and crispy shallot salad, so I pulled up your blog, saw this on the front page, and am now making the salad AND this.

    It looks amazing!

  25. Amanda 01.31.2014

    french vanilla coconut milk coffee creamer? sounds delish! where does one find that!?

    • Kristin 01.31.2014

      It’s the SoDelicious brand. Usually it’s in the “health food” refrigerator section!

  26. Pauline 01.31.2014

    What do you mean by caramel bits? Is that like the Kraft caramels that are individually wrapped? HURRY PLEASE!!! I’d like to make these Saturday to send to work with my husband on Monday!

    • Kristin 01.31.2014

      Yep they are! The bits are sold in the candy aisle under the kraft label. I hope this helps!

  27. purplebohemian 02.01.2014

    I need to make this. ASAP!!!

  28. Debtgirl 02.01.2014

    My mouth is watering and it’s only 7:30 in the morning!!! Lol

  29. Dale 02.01.2014

    Kristen, are you being paid by General Mills and Snickers to advertise their products? If so, we need to know.

    • Kristin 02.01.2014

      Um, no?

    • Dena 02.03.2014

      Kristin has always been very good about her disclaimers. If she has been given something for free to review, or to use in a recipe, she always lets us know that. I think she knows the rules by now. LOL. Thanks Kristin for all you do! :)

  30. As if adding Snickers pieces to Chex mix wasn’t enough, it has homemade caramel sauce drizzled over top? Yum x a million.

  31. Yummy! Making this today for Super Bowl Sunday!!!

  32. […] recipe is adapted from Iowa Girls Eats’ Snickers Chex Mix, which she adapted from Chex.com. […]

  33. Sara 02.03.2014

    We made a double batch of this yesterday (with a few changes-I forgot to get the caramel bits! Dang! But it was still amazing) for the Super Bowl and it was the most talked about food at the party. I had to send the rest of the bowl with my brother back to college so I wouldn’t be tempted with all that deliciousness today…now I am regretting it!

  34. Kelly K 02.03.2014

    Dear Lord.

  35. […] I barely watched the game but did my fair share of eating. I made this Snickers Chex Mix via Iowa Girl Eats that was insanely delicious. Seriously addictive […]

  36. Claire K. 02.03.2014

    I made this Sunday and it was everything promised. Delicious! I’d like to find a reeses version now.

  37. I love chex mix and LOVE snickers! This looks so great Kristin!

  38. CakePants 02.04.2014

    Oh no. In the battle of Snickers Chex Mix vs. self-control, self-control doesn’t even stand a chance. It’s a good thing I just joined a new gym last weekend…

  39. em@simplypresent 02.04.2014

    So my mom surprised me with a bag of those mini Reese’s a few days ago. I had to leave them at my boyfriend’s or they would have been gone in one sitting. They would go great in place of (or with) the Snickers in a Chex Mix!

  40. Natalie 02.04.2014

    How long does this stay fresh?

    I wish I made for the super bowl. I just had to try and made for my family. SO GOOD but sweet and rich and can only eat a small amount at a time and it makes a big batch. Would be better for a party!

  41. OH. EM. GEE. I already can’t control myself around Chex mix, and now you’ve gone and added my favorite chocolate bar to it?! I’m done for.

  42. This is just evil…and by evil I mean genius!

  43. […] I love and want to snack on – Snickers Chex Mix from Iowa Girl Eats (on my Snacky Inspiration […]

  44. Luv What You Do 03.10.2014

    Yum! Snickers everything is delish!

  45. nosogirl 09.04.2014

    Okay, I just made this for my family’s Labor Day get together.

    I did have to make two changes – I used the Heath toffee bits instead of caramel bits (didn’t see them in the baking aisle; didn’t think to look in the candy aisle but will next time!) And the store was out of Snickers Bites, so I substituted Milky Way Bites.

    Can I just tell you that I am now required to bring this to EVERY family function we have? It was gone in an instant!

    I’m now making another batch to take to a friend when I visit her this weekend.

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