5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

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.

5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

This mix comes together in the microwave in 3 minutes. There’s some flexibility in the recipe depending on what you have on hand and enjoy. If you want to use a different type of nut, style of pretzel, substitute a different type of candy, or another type of dried fruit, feel free. 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.

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Ingredients:

  • 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.)

Directions:

  1. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the Honey Nut Chex, Wheat Chex, pretzels, peanuts, and stir to combine; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Evenly drizzle brown sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Place bowl in the microwave and heat on high power for 3 minutes, stopping after each minute to stir.
  7. 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.
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