Sweet Holiday Chex Mix


If there’s one treat you must make this holiday season this is it. Okay there are a lot of treats that definitely deserve to be made this holiday season but this one should be near the top of your list. It’s easy (we are talking 10 – 15 minutes total easy), it tastes like candy with a crunch, it’s nutty, slightly sticky, deliciously sweet and it’s the perfect gift for friends neighbors or coworkers. Simply said this stuff is highly addictive so share the wealth or you will want to eat it all =). Enjoy!


Sweet Holiday Chex Mix

5 from 3 votes


  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed nuts*
  • 2 cups sweetened , shredded coconut
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light-corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup salted butter


  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss together Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Golden Grahams, mixed nuts and coconut, set aside. In a medium saucepan combine sugar light-corn syrup and butter. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Allow mixture to boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and carefully pour sugar mixture over cereal mixture and toss to evenly coat. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
  2. *A salted blend is delicious. You can also use just one type of nut such as sliced almonds or chopped cashews or peanuts.
  3. Recipe Source: recipe from my Grandma

You could also call this Christmas Chex Mix. I think it’s a very fitting name. When I think of this stuff I think of Christmas because it’s one of my favorite gifts that people make to give.


  • Christina: To help with the sticky situation you can cook to just between soft and hard ball on a candy thermometer. That’s what I do and it gives it some goo still without being to sticky and runny. Hope that helps other readers. Made this a TON of times. We call it Christmas crack in the winter time and just plain crack the rest of the year because no one wants it just once a year around our family. ???????????????????? December 1, 2017 at 12:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great tip and thanks for the review! December 4, 2017 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Kristen: I love this recipe!! I shared it on my blog! :)

    http://gingerandtrista.com/blog/2015/10/8/sticky-chex-mix-my-favorite-football-snack October 9, 2015 at 12:55pm Reply

  • Tiffany: A coworker of mine makes this and we call it Christmas Crack. Warning, you cannot stop eating this stuff! It’s delicious. September 4, 2015 at 10:25am Reply

  • Elizabeth: I made these for my office Christmas potluck and they were a big hit, but I’m wondering if you have any tips for preventing it from being so gooey? I always seem to have issues when I make something with Karo syrup, am I cooking it too long? The taste was delicious, just trying to get it to solidify a little more! December 21, 2012 at 10:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you do want it to solidify more you would want to cook the syrup longer giving it a texture similar to caramel and so forth, another thing I’ve seen done with this kind of recipe is you toss the cereal in the prepared coating then bake it at a low temp stirring every 15 mins or so until they are as crisp as you’d like them. I hope that helps, glad it was enjoyed =)! December 21, 2012 at 2:10pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Do you break this delicious mix up into pieces or do you cut it into squares? It sticks together too much to be able to easily scoop it, although a scoop is what I’m planning on using when I take it to a party later. I hope you can give me a suggestion, or reassure me that I’m on the right track. December 14, 2012 at 3:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: We always just pull it apart into pieces with clean hands but any of the above should work great, just whatever you think is easiest =). For a party I would recommend using the spoon or just dividing it into individual portions (just so everyone isn’t touching it) and you probably could even shape it into balls or something. I hope everyone enjoys it! December 14, 2012 at 7:49pm Reply

  • Anonymous: When do you put the coconut in? December 10, 2012 at 8:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s sad, me and my sister both read through and edited the recipe and missed that =). Sorry but thank you for your comment! December 10, 2012 at 11:16am Reply

  • Anonymous: Now I can’t decide between your party mix recipe and this one I’ve had bookmarked for a while: http://www.thesweetslife.com/2009/09/praline-party-mix.html

    Maybe I’ll make them both! December 9, 2012 at 12:59am Reply

    • Dayna Beal: Make them both together. Start with this recipe but swap their nuts for recipe you posted. Also add add the vanilla, brown sugar. December 8, 2017 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Kristy {Sweet Treats and More}: My grandmother used to make something like this too! Yum! December 8, 2012 at 10:34pm Reply

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