Caramel Snack Mix Recipe

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Instead of the usual savory cereal snack mix, this version gets just the right amount of sweetness from brown sugar and corn syrup. —Barbara Strohbehn, Gladbrook, Iowa
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 6 cups Rice Chex
  • 6 cups Corn Chex
  • 6 cups Crispix
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 200 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Grease three 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans; set aside. In a large heat-proof bowl, combine the cereals; set aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over cereal and stir until well coated.
  3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake, uncovered, at 200° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely. Break apart and store in airtight containers. Yield: 4-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Caramel Snack Mix in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p112

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Janis Kofsky User ID: 2517093 33771
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"I made this for my sister's 40th birthday party, and it was a huge hit! My husband wanted to hide some so he would have some for later. I also swapped out some of the cereal for pretzels."

peeweel User ID: 1557867 82243
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2008

"To give it a little salty taste I add a cup of pretzels and cashews and reduce the cereal by 2 cups."

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