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Candy Bar Chex Mix Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

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My focus seems to be on snacks lately.  My pantry and fridge are full but nothing is grabbing my attention. Chex Mix to the day.  I love snagging a bag of Chex Mix at the grocery store and gobbling it down while watching a show with Rob.  The kids come home from school ravenous and are instantly digging through the pantry for a snack.  Since Halloween was around the corner they instantly ask for candy.  I’m not a mean mom but I really hate saying ok to candy. BUT I’m ok with making my own candy and letting them eat that.

Candy Bar Chex Mix is the creature that come from that wacky thought process.

Candy Bar Chex Mix #kidsinthekitchenWith $50 in hand, a list of ingredients a 1/2 page long and 4-5 recipe ideas in my head I went to the store to load up on Chex cereal varieties and all kinds of “toppings”.  Then once dinner was done and cleaned up Shae and I made dessert, Candy Bar Chex Mix. Making any kind of Chex Mix usually requires very little to no cooking.  For some mix-ups you’ll want some kind of liquid to coat the cereal and ingredients. For this particular recipe a caramel was made. Since making caramel can get really hot I did that part on my on.

Shae measured out and put all the dry ingredients in the bowl. I showed her 1/4 and 1/2 on the measuring cup so she could do it all by herself.  Mixing in the caramel was my job.

Candy Bar Chex Mix #kidsinthekitchen


4 cups Chocolate Chex

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup mini marshmallows

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

pinch salt (optional)

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup lightly salted peanuts


In a large mixing bowl add in cereal, chocolate chips and marshmallows, stir to combine and set aside.

Candy Bar Chex Mix

In a saucepan over medium heat melt down butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil for couple minutes till it reaches 220°. Having a candy thermometer comes in handy but the mixture should have a foamy bubbly look and getting darker in color.

Remove from heat, add salt, vanilla and peanuts and stir.

Using a rubber spatula stir the cereal mixture as you pour the caramel on top.  Stir and stir until everything is coated. Some of the marshmallows and chocolate chips will melt, that is OK.

Once everything is combined pour this mixture out onto a sheet of foil or parchment that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.  Let it cool down.

Candy Bar Chex MixEnjoy slightly warm and messy or package up into treat bags to pop into the kids lunch bag or to give to the kids.

Candy Bar Chex Mix
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting this week!

  2. Oh this has all of Hayley’s favorites including Marshmallows! This is great my kids have been Halloween candy obsessed too and the moment there are in from school they are starving and fill up before dinner.

  3. Oh that looks freakin’ delicious! I am going to make that for Thanksgiving! I love that Shae helps you so often (and so well) in the kitchen!

  4. This sounds absolutely delicious! : )

  5. Boy does that look good! I’ve got a stash of chocolate chips, too because I’ve been finding them on sale at Target and Giant.

  6. Yum!! Looks like a great snack to make with kids for sure!

  7. Looks Yummy I love that your daughter made them. Like and Pinning..

  8. Delish! And just sub in gluten-free Chex to make it for my kids, SWEET!

  9. I love easy recipes that little ones can help with

  10. Serious yum-factor! My kids would go nuts over this!

  11. Easy, delicious, kid-friendly… you’ve hit the trifecta, Melinda!

  12. This looks so good. I think my daughter would take it over a Kit Kat bar. And that’s saying a lot.

  13. And now I am really hungry! Must try this:)


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