Gooey. Caramel. Chocolate. Marshmallow. These words aren’t usually combined with cereal, but I’m doing it. Well…a special kind of cereal, one we all know and love: Chex Mix. I’ve put my Sweet Nerd spin on it this year and made the mix to fit the holiday table, and it also pairs well with other bite-sized treats like my Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark or Rice Krispie Pie. Plus, with all the action around the holidays I love these two words: no bake. Break out the microwave, and get ready to get your salty-and-sweet on.

Gooey Caramel-choco Chex Mix


I like to think of this recipe in 3 parts: Mix/Sprinkle/Drizzle.

  1. Mix – your gooey caramel sauce with Chex Mix.
  2. Sprinkle – with peanut butter cups and mini marshmallows.
  3. Drizzle – with caramel baking bits (and other candies) and cream.  Then top with a white chocolate drizzle.


For the caramel sauce, microwave the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Then, mix in the baking soda until it dissolves. In a microwavable bowl, pour the caramel mixture over the Chex Mix and stir until evenly coated. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring every minute.

gooey caramel choco chex mix

spread out caramel mix

Line a cookie sheet or rectangular-sized baking dish with waxed paper or foil, and spread out the gooey caramel cereal and let cool for at least 10 minutes.

marshmallow topping on chex mix


First, make sure the caramel cereal mixture is cool to the touch, you don’t want the toppings to immediately melt when you plop them on top. You should also break the whole thing up into smaller pieces before adding toppings. And now it’s time to get your sprinkle on. I used mini peanut butter cups and mini marshmallows.

Allow me to point out my stellar skills in the art of catching a mini marshmallow in my mouth. I was 3-for-3. Can you do better? I dare ya.


Microwave the caramel baking bits and cream uncovered on high. Use a spoon to drizzle over the mixture. Then, do it again do it again, but with the white chocolate melts. Layers, and layers, and more layers. Yum.

Last but definitely not least, sprinkle coarse salt over the Chex mixture before the candy drizzles dry. Quick! Be spry about it! Refrigerate until set, and then break apart into handful-sized chunks. I added my Gooey Caramel-Choco Chex Mix to these limoncello stripe baking cups by Paper Eskimo. Ready for noshing!

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Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

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Chex Mix with Chocolatey Marshmallow Madness

By TheSweetNerd  

November 10, 2017

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins


8 cups chocolate Chex cereal (if you can't find them, you can use 6 cups Rice Chex Cereal and 2 cups Cocoa Krispies)

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

6 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

1 cup mini marshmallows

1/2 cup caramel bits

1 tablespoon heavy cream

1/2 cup white chocolate melting chips


1Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.

2In a 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth.

3Stir in baking soda until dissolved.

4Pour caramel mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.

5Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring every minute.

6Spread on cookie sheet or rectangular-sized baking dish. Cool 10 minutes.

7Break into bite-sized pieces.

8Make sure Chex mixture is cool to the touch (so candy doesn't melt). Evenly sprinkle mini peanut butter cups and mini marshmallows over the Chex mixture.

9In a small microwaveable bowl, microwave caramel baking bits and cream uncovered on high for 1 minutes. Use a spoon to drizzle over Chex mixture.

10Repeat with the white baking chips by melting them in the microwave (30 second intervals), and then drizzle on chex mex.

11Quickly sprinkle coarse salt over all the Chex mixture while candy drizzles are still wet. Refrigerate until set.

12Break apart and store in tightly covered container.



  • 5 years ago

    OMG this looks absolutely delicious! I’d be snacking on this all day long 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      All. Day. Good for adults and the kiddos. 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    I don’t think I could stop eating this Chex mix! It looks so yummy!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      It’s really hard to stop, I promise Ellen!

  • Such a fun recipe! Makes me want to run into my kitchen and make it…only I don’t have chex. I know what’s going on my grocery list. These look so YUM…thanks for sharing!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      That’s the beauty of it – Chex can be found just about anywhere. You can always add in Cocoa Krispies for a little extra hit of chocolate.

  • Lorna Soonhee
    5 years ago

    I’m usually not a Chex Mix kind of girl but I definitely think I could make an exception for this!

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