Sweet & Spicy Honey Chex Mix

Deliciously addicting sweet & spicy honey Chex mix with mixed nuts, pretzels, bagel chips, and Chex cereals! Easy recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Happy new week! The first full work week/school week post Labor Day. I don’t know about you, but this feels good! I thrive on routine and I’m so happy that Fall is creeping its way forward. September is always a nice time to hit that refresh button and kick our butts back into gear. 

It’s also the 1st full month of football season!! Never in a million years did I think there would be a time when I’m excited about football but I’m really just here for the food and I know many of you JUST GET THAT. It’s the only time of year when a meal out of buffalo chicken dip, stuffed jalapeños, and football shaped cookies makes sense. Throw a slow cooker meal in there too. Football season, you’re glorious.

Crunchy and mega flavorful spicy & sweet honey Chex mix recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Adding another football food to the line-up today: this is homemade Chex mix. Many of you may be wondering what’s the point of homemade Chex mix when there’s so many flavors of store-bought on the shelves? But listen up. They’ve got nothing on this! Made with real butter, honey, plenty of spice, and any mix-ins you deem worthy enough to play on the sweet & spicy honey Chex mix team. Don’t like nuts? Keep them on the bench. Want more of that extra crunchy wheat Chex? Add them to the roster.

Baked until the sauce seeps into every last crispy square, this mega flavorful and positively addicting snack is positively undefeated.

Honey for sweet & spicy honey Chex mix on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Flavor ingredients for sweet & spicy honey Chex mix on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s quickly discuss the “sauce.” The sauce it what you’ll pour all over the dry snackies and what makes Chex mix… Chex mix.  Butter, worcestershire sauce, honey, and hot sauce make up the base of the sauce. Who can say worcestershire sauce correctly? Because it sounds like mumbles when I try.

For the SPARK of flavor, you’ll also need:

  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt + pepper
  • a sprinkle of chili powder

Everything’s melted together on the stove, then poured over the dry cereal. This recipe makes extra sauce because we want extra flavor. Because no one’s ever complained about extra flavor in a bowl of Chex mix.

Melting the flavor ingredients together for sweet & spicy honey Chex mix on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make deliciously addicting sweet and spicy honey Chex mix! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make deliciously addicting sweet and spicy honey Chex mix! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Spread it all out onto a couple baking sheets and bake for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes or so. Save me all the extra saucy burnt pieces please!!!

Deliciously addicting sweet & spicy honey Chex mix with mixed nuts, pretzels, bagel chips, and Chex cereals! Easy recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

HOW SPICY IS THIS?

Medium spicy.

I like sorta spicy and I like non-spicy. Not a fan of anything super spicy. (But, ironically, spicy is all I craved when I was pregnant!) But regular Sally– medium spicy. The hot sauce in the wet ingredients gives the Chex mix its little kick, but if you like really really spicy, add more chili powder after the Chex mix comes out of the oven. I feel like even if you like spicy or you don’t like spicy, you’ll love this homemade Chex mix.

And it’s sweet + salty + crunchy + buttery too… so it’s completely addicting.

Crunchy and mega flavorful spicy & sweet honey Chex mix recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Crunchy and mega flavorful spicy & sweet honey Chex mix recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Winner!

Sweet & Spicy Honey Chex Mix

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups (290g) Chex cereal (I used a combination of wheat, corn, and rice Chex)
  • 2 cups (225g) mixed nuts
  • 2 cups (100g) mini pretzels
  • 1 cup (50g) bagel chips
  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp; 170g) unsalted butter
  • 6 Tablespoons (90g) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup (120g) honey
  • 1/3 cup (80g) hot sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot Sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • optional: sprinkle of chili powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275°F (135°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Combine the first 4 ingredients (the dry snacks!) in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Place the remaining ingredients, except for the chili powder, in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the butter has melted. Pour over the dry ingredients and carefully stir to coat.
  4. Spread evenly on prepared baking sheets and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with a little chili powder (for extra spice, if desired), then allow to cool completely on the baking sheets. The Chex mix will crisp up as it cools.
  5. Cover tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2-3 weeks.

Recipe Notes:

The dry ingredients are completely customizable. Don't like nuts? Leave them out or replace with extra Chex or pretzels. Don't have bagel chips? Leave them out or replace with another snack food you think would taste good!

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19 Comments

Comments

  1. Gemma on September 10, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Oh my word this looks incredible!!! Soooo my new favourite snack lol!!

    • Sally on September 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      It’s seriously amazing! Once you start eating it you won’t be able to stop!!

      • Kathleen Falestiny on September 11, 2018 at 9:16 am

        Love the idea of Bagel Chips! I also add Peanut Butter to the sauce and my grown kids LOVE it!



  2. Patricia @Sweet and Strong on September 10, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Oh I bet this makes the house smell amazing and I can’t wait to try it! Literally every Saturday and Sunday revolves around Football and Food for the next few months in our house 🙂

    • Brenda on September 10, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Ditto That…I begin on Monday…….thinking of football food for the weekend.
      I usually gain about 6-10 lbs during football season and lose it by end of Summer. LOL
      And when Super Bowl is over…..omg……I’m SO lost in the kitchen.
      Adding this Sweet and Spicy Chex Mix to my “football recipe collection” today. Thank you Sally !

      • Sally on September 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        Hope you love it Brenda!



    • Sally on September 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      It smells AMAZING! I hope you’ll try it – let me know what you think!

  3. Laura on September 10, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Chex is just the best cereal ever – especially for morning sickness! Your mix is so much better than eating another bag of super burned popcorn. Yuck!

    • Sally on September 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Yes! Much better than burnt popcorn! lol! Hope you start to feel better soon 🙂

  4. Hayley Morrin on September 10, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Chex mix is my FAVOURITE savoury snack – I turn to a batch of it to eat as my afternoon pick-me-up when it’s a been a week of too many cookies or brownies, you know? I’ve only made cheesy and original versions of chex mix, so I can’t wait to try your spicy version 😉

    • Sally on September 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      I know what you mean! I hope you love this spicy version!

  5. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite on September 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I ADORE homemade chex mix! Can’t wait to try this fun new version! 🙂

  6. Paige Cassandra Flamm on September 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Sweet and spicy is tottaly up my alley! I can’t wait to try this at our next gathering!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  7. Eden on September 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe, Sally!! I can’t wait to try it… I have one question though. Do you have any suggestions for Worcestershire sauce? I’m a vegetarian, and that sauce has fish in it. I would just leave it out, but 6 tablespoons seems like a lot… should I replace it with something?

    • Sally on September 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Hey Eden! This is a great question. Worcestershire sauce is filled with so much bold flavor and you’re right, leaving it out isn’t ideal. Here is a recipe for homemade W sauce (vegan!) https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/242401/homemade-worcestershire-sauce/

      • Eden on September 11, 2018 at 7:27 am

        Thanks so much for the helpful information!



    • Cheryl on September 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      How do you think soy sauce would work as a sub for Worcestershire?

  8. Ari K on September 10, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I am soooo excited to make this. I love Chex Mix and this version sounds amazing. I am working from home tomorrow and will definitely be mixing up a batch! Can’t wait!

  9. Lynn G on September 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Just made this today and it is so good! Sally, you are correct that once you start eating it, you can’t stop. I know this will be a go-to recipe for many gatherings. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes!

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  1. Eden on September 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe, Sally!! I can’t wait to try it… I have one question though. Do you have any suggestions for Worcestershire sauce? I’m a vegetarian, and that sauce has fish in it. I would just leave it out, but 6 tablespoons seems like a lot… should I replace it with something?

    • Sally on September 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Hey Eden! This is a great question. Worcestershire sauce is filled with so much bold flavor and you’re right, leaving it out isn’t ideal. Here is a recipe for homemade W sauce (vegan!) https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/242401/homemade-worcestershire-sauce/

      • Eden on September 11, 2018 at 7:27 am

        Thanks so much for the helpful information!



    • Cheryl on September 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      How do you think soy sauce would work as a sub for Worcestershire?

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