Nutty Caramel Chex Mix

Bowl of Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
Nutty Caramel Chex mix is exactly what the name says. It’s crispy, sweet, salty, and very addictive!
Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
You can sprinkle it with additional salt, but I recommend trying it without, first. If you use salted nuts and salted pretzels, you may find that it’s already salty-sweet enough.
Bowls of Nutty Caramel Chex Mix

Easy Step-By-Step Instructions for Nutty Caramel Chex Mix

Parchment-Lined Baking sheet for Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Bowl of ingredients for Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
In a large mixing bowl, toss together 8 cups Chex or Crispix Cereal, 2 cups mini pretzels, and 3 cups nuts. I used roasted salted almonds, dry roasted peanuts and raw pecans, but this is your snack, use whatever you want.
Caramel ingredients for Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
In a 3-quart size saucepan, melt ½ cup butter over low heat, and add 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1/3 cup light corn syrup, and ½ teaspoon salt. Turn heat up to medium, and stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, and remove from heat.
Adding vanilla and baking soda to caramel for Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon baking soda, and stir until completely incorporated.
Foaming caramel for Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
The mixture will begin to foam up, so …
adding caramel to Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
… quickly pour over cereal mixture, and …
Stirring caramel into Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
… stir to coat. Don’t worry if all pieces aren’t completely covered because this will happen as the mixture bakes in the oven.
baking sheet of Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet, spreading evenly, and …
Stirring Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
… and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
baking sheet of Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
After each 15-minute increment, the mixture should look something like this. The caramel will be melting over every piece. Be very careful as you stir because it’s extremely hot.
Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
After an hour, remove from oven, and continue stirring to keep the clumps separated.
Breaking apart pieces of Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
If you have a heat-proof counter or surface to work on, transfer the mix to it, and separate the clumps as much as possible.
Nutty Caramel Chex Mix with sea salt
Now is the time to sprinkle with sea salt, if you want to go for the extra-salty-sweet snack. You need to add it before the caramel hardens, or it won’t stick to the candy.
Breaking apart pieces of Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
It will be very hot, but as soon as you can handle touching it, use your fingers to break the pieces apart. Then allow them to cool completely.
Parchment-lined baking sheet
If you have any leftover (which you may not, but I don’t judge), store it in an airtight container.
Bowl of Nutty Caramel Chex Mix
ENJOY!

Free Printable Recipe for Nutty Caramel Chex Mix

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Chex or Crispix Cereal
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 3 cups nuts
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Sea salt for sprinkling optional

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together cereal, pretzels, and nuts (I used roasted, salted almond and peanuts and raw pecans). Do whatever you want.
  • In a 3-quart size saucepan, melt butter over low heat, and add brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Turn heat up to medium, and stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, and remove from heat. Add vanilla and baking soda, and completely incorporate. The mixture will begin to foam.
  • Quickly pour over cereal mixture, and stir to coat. Don’t worry if all pieces aren’t completely covered because this will happen as the mix bakes in the oven.
  • Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet, spreading evenly, and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and continue stirring to keep the clumps separated. If you have a heat-proof counter or surface to work on, transfer the mix to it, and separate the clumps as much as possible. If you want to add some sea salt, now is the time to sprinkle it all over.
  • It will be very hot, but as soon as you can handle touching it, use your fingers to break the pieces apart. Then allow them to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.