Perfect Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

When you are craving something sweet but slightly salty just reach for this Sweet and Salty Snack Mix. This amazing snack is a sweet and crunchy blend of cereal mixed with the salty perfection of pretzels. It makes an unbelievable flavor combination.

I love this sweet but slightly salty snack mix. So do my kids, and all their friends… and their friends’ friends. In other words it is really a delicious sweet and crunchy snack. If you have a big occasion to plan for, you might even want to double the recipe. 

This is a great treat for a movie night or other special occasion. Just be careful not to eat the whole bowl!

Mix Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Cheerios, Pretzels and Nuts (optional)
Mix Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Cheerios, Pretzels and Nuts (optional)

This sweet and salty snack mix is so easy to make. It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Not only delicious, but also so quick and simple to make that it will definitely save you time in the kitchen. It is also a very fun recipe to make along with your kids.

I have included both the traditional stove and oven cooked version as well as the microwave. I prefer the oven method because it is a healthier way to cook your food but you could use a microwave if you don’t have access to a stove. 

Because it is so sugary, sweet and delectable I actually consider it to be a dessert. I always make sure to divide this out into small portions and not over do it.

Add butter brown sugar and corn syrup to a sauce pan
Add butter brown sugar and corn syrup to a sauce pan

So how do you make the perfect sweet and salty snack mix? 

To make this super delicious crunchy sweet snack mix just mix together 2 cups each of Rice Chex Cereal, Wheat Chex Cereal, Cheerios and Pretzels. Add in 1 cup of nuts, if you want. I omitted the nuts this time that I made it. 

Boil, then add baking soda and vanilla to make sweet and salty snack mix
Boil, then add baking soda and vanilla

Next you will melt the butter, sugar, and corn syrup, stirring occasionally. Make sure to use sweet cream butter for this recipe, this is the salted butter. Bring to a boil and then without stirring boil for about a minute. 

Pour the sugar mixture over cereal and mix well to coat evenly. Then bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Let it cool completely. As it is cooling down stir several times to break up the pieces. Then enjoy!

Evenly coat with sugar mixture then bake to make sweet and salty snack mix
Evenly coat with sugar mixture then bake
Sweet and salty snack mix
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Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

When you are craving something sweet but slightly salty just reach for this Sweet and Salty Snack Mix. This amazing snack is a sweet and crunchy blend of cereal mixed with the salty perfection of pretzels. It makes an unbelievable flavor combination.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Cereal Mix, Chex Mix, snack mix, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 Cups Wheat Chex Cereal
  • 2 Cups Cheerios Cereal
  • 2 Cups Pretzels
  • 1 Cup Peanuts or Cashews optional
  • 1/2 cup Light corn syrup
  • 1 Cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter sweet cream aka. salted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

Instructions

Oven Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • Mix the cereal, pretzels, and nuts together in a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
  • In a medium sized sauce pan melt butter, sugar, and corn syrup, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and then without stirring boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. It will bubble up a little bit as you stir.
  • Pour sugar mixture over cereal and mix well to coat evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Let it cool completely. As it is cooling down stir several times to break up the pieces. Store in an air tight container.

Microwave Directions

  • In a large microwave safe bowl mix together butter, sugar and corn syrup. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
  • Stir in soda and vanilla. It will bubble up a little bit as you stir.
  • Add in the cereal, pretzels and nuts and mix well to coat evenly.
  • Microwave for 5 to 6 minutes, stopping to stir every minute, until the cereal just begins to brown.
  • Let it cool completely. As it is cooling down stir several times to break up the pieces. Store in an air tight container.

You also might like to try my easy oatmeal muffins!

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