5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix
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Chex mix is so addicting and once I start eating it, it’s so hard to stop. One handful turns into five. Whoops. And then I made another batch.
What makes this version even more dangerous is how fast and easy it is. No baking or slow cookers required.
I have recipes for Crock-Pot Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix and Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola but they take longer to make. This version comes together in the microwave in 3 minutes.
There’s some flexibility in the recipe depending on what you have on hand and enjoy. I used Honey Nut Chex and Wheat Chex. The Honey Nut stays crisper and is sweeter while the Wheat Chex turns chewier and nuttier.
I used honey-roasted peanuts, mini pretzels, candy corn, and orange-flavored dried cranberries. If you want to use a different type of nut, style of pretzel, substitute a different type of candy like M&Ms or chocolate chips, or another type of dried fruit, feel free. I haven’t tried using honey or maple syrup rather than corn syrup.
The mix is salty-and-sweet, crunchy, crispy, slightly chewy, and there are so many flavors and textures in every bite. The pumpkin spice flavor is present without being overwhelming, the honey-roasted peanuts add a nice touch, there are caramel undertones from the brown sugar, and the orange-flavored dried cranberries slightly perfume the mix.
My daughter’s favorite parts are the salty pretzels and the sweet candy corn. She’s a candy corn addict. Since there’s only 2 tablespoons of butter in the entire batch that’s permission to mindlessly snack until your heart’s content.
- 2 cups Honey Nut Chex (other varieties of Chex may be substituted)
- 2 cups Wheat Chex
- 2 cups mini pretzel twists
- 1 cup honey-roasted peanuts (peanuts or another nut may be substituted)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 3/4 cup dried orange-flavored cranberries (dried cranberries or another dried fruit may be substituted)
- 3/4 cup candy corn (or try M&Ms, chocolate chips, etc.)
- To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the Honey Nut Chex, Wheat Chex, pretzels, peanuts, and stir to combine; set aside.
- To a 2-cup glass measuring cup or a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 30 seconds.
- Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, pumpkin pie spice (looks like a lot but you need an ample amount to flavor the entire batch), salt, and stir to combine.
- Place measuring cup in the microwave and heat on high power until mixture is bubbly and boiling, about 30 seconds but watch it very closely because it can go fast.
- Evenly drizzle brown sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Place bowl in the microwave and heat on high power for 3 minutes, stopping after each minute to stir.
- After the mix has cooled for about 5 minutes, add the cranberries, candy corn, and stir to combine. Serve immediately. Mix will keep airtight at room temp for up to 1 week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g
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