Sweet & Spicy Honey Chex Mix

Made with butter, honey, and plenty of spice, sweet & spicy honey Chex mix is flavor-packed and super easy to prepare. Simply mix the sauce together on the stove, pour over some crunchy snacks, and bake until crispy and delicious. It’s easy to customize this snack recipe with mix-ins of your choice.

Chex mix

The best part of football season is definitely the food. It’s the only time of year when a meal out of buffalo chicken dip, stuffed jalapeños, and football shaped cookies makes sense. Throw slow cooker chicken chili in there too. A few other favorite game day snacks? Homemade cheese crackers, seasoned pretzels, candied nuts and crunchy roasted chickpeas. Football season, you’re glorious.


Tell Me About this Sweet & Spicy Honey Chex Mix

  • Flavor: An abundance of bold flavors are what sets this homemade recipe apart from store bought Chex mix. For mega flavor, remember this a great mix begins with an even better sauce. Butter, Worcestershire sauce, honey, and hot sauce make up the base to which we add plenty of spices
  • Texture: You’ll love how crispy and crunchy this snack mix gets after it’s baked and cooled. 
  • Ease: A little mixing, a little stirring…this is an easy snack with a big payoff.
  • Time: It just takes a few minutes to mix up the sauce and then it’s all baked until the sauce seeps into every last crispy and flavorful square.

overhead image of bowls filled with Chex mix

Can I Mix Things Up?

Of course! Don’t like nuts? Leave them out. Want more of that extra crunchy wheat Chex? Mix in with a heavy hand. Making seasoned pretzels for the same party? Maybe go easy on the pretzels in this recipe. This chex mix allows for all kinds of combinations and that’s the beauty of it.

ingredients for sweet & spicy honey Chex mix

How Spicy is This Homemade Chex Mix?

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. It’s easy to customize the spices to your taste buds. Regardless of your spice preference, you’ll love this homemade Chex mix.

pouring Chex mix sauce into a bowl of dry ingredients

Chex mix

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Sweet & Spicy Honey Chex Mix

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14 cups
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This sweet & spicy honey Chex mix is made with real butter, honey, and plenty of spices. Baked until the sauce seeps into every last crispy square, this mega flavorful snack is completely addicting.


Ingredients

  • 9 cups (290gChex cereal (I used a combination of wheat, corn, and rice Chex)
  • 2 cups (225gmixed nuts
  • 2 cups (100gmini pretzels
  • 1 cup (50gbagel chips
  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp; 170g) unsalted butter
  • 6 Tablespoons (90gWorcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup (120ghoney
  • 1/3 cup (80ghot 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  1. Special Tools: White Mixing Bowls | Measuring Cups | Saucepan | Baking Sheet
  2. Make It Your Own: 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!

48 Comments

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

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

      1. Kathleen Falestiny says:

        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 says:

    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 🙂

    1. 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 !

      1. Hope you love it Brenda!

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

  3. 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!

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

  4. 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 😉

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

  5. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite says:

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

  6. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

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

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  7. 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?

    1. 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/

      1. Thanks so much for the helpful information!

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

    3. Judy McCarthy says:

      Savory Spice Shops have delicious vegetarian Worcester Sauce. I gave it to all my vegetarian friends for the holidays.

  8. 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. 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!

  10. This is an excellent recipe!
    I used only 1/4 cup of Texas Pete. Folks here like a little spice, but not too much. I think it has just the right amount.

  11. SALLY! This may be my new go-to Fall party snack 🙂 I love everything Chex Mix. I LOL’d at your Worcestershire sauce comment– if you ever watch Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show on Food Network, when she uses it is a recipe she always mentions that her Dad called it “what’s this here sauce” so that is how she pronounces it- but all in one syllable- “what’sthisheresauce” 🙂 Also just dropping by to show you this other snack that I make at Halloween… and Thanksgiving..and Christmas… every year… by popular demand. In case you’re looking for something else sweet-salty. Bacon. Caramel. Corn. https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sorghum-caramel-corn

    1. Hahaha what’sthisheresauce is amazing. 😉 Thank you for the recipe link! Sweet/salty/caramel corn/bacon sounds like an unbelievable combination!

  12. Oh this stuff is crazy addicting. I used sriracha for the hot sauce and a few dashes of chili powder. It starts of sweet and has a spicy kick after a few bites. Great combo Sally! Thank you for your genius, per usual. I will definitely make this a few more times during the holidays.

  13. OMG amazing cant wait to try this!

  14. Hi Sally! This looks amazing for football season! Should I use salted nuts in this recipe?

    1. You can use either salted or unsalted nuts– depends how salty you like your snacks. I always use salted mixed nuts here!

  15. I have been trying to recreate the Chex mix from our local gluten free bakery and this is the closest I’ve found. I added a bit of cayenne (because I love spice!) and it’s heavenly!!!

    1. So happy you tried and loved the spicy chex mix!

  16. Michael Simmons says:

    Thank you for the great recipe, Sally! I have made this several times. My kids often request it and it is great for a snack when traveling.

    I wish you Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!

  17. SO delicious! The only drawback for me is that some of my whole wheat pieces turned out chewy, even after cooling completely. Should I have left the batch in the oven longer? Or only bake one sheet at a time rather than two? I did 2 because I didn’t want to keep popping in the kitchen every 15 minutes for 2 hours!

    1. Hi April! You know, that happens with the wheat chex all the time. It’s nothing to worry about, but you can always bake the chex a little longer to make sure they’re crispier.

  18. Whenever I made this recipe after it cooled down I added m&m dark chocolate pieces. I sprinkled a little bit of Chipotle chili powder on top for a little smokiness. Turned out delicious.the smoke went with the sweet and spicy and especially with the dark chocolate.

  19. Ok the flavors of this chex mix are fantastic! just bumped my old recipe out for this one. Thanks Sally!

  20. I have been on a homemade chex mix kick for the last month or so, mostly because when I eat store bought chex I think, “I wish it had more flavor!”. Also, I am not a huge fan of pretzels in chex mix, which is weird because I love pretzels ….. Anyways, I love this recipe, but I also added some cayenne pepper because I wanted sweet and REALLY spicy. It did the job nicely, and all my family/coworkers seemed to approve. They now expect me to make batches like twice a week!

    1. That is exactly how this recipe evolved – I wanted my Chex mix exactly how I wanted my Chex mix 🙂 I do love how easy this is to customize and I’m glad you enjoy it also!

  21. This has just the right amount of spice for me-not a real spicey person! I have been making a version of this for years. I always add different cereals that I have around my house! Captain Crunch adds a bit of sweet to the mix! My guys like Cherrios added. Whatever works!

  22. Looks amazing. My family likes sweet and spice. Has anyone tried this in the microwave?

    1. Hi Shirley, If you try it in the microwave I recommend heating it in 30 second increments, stirring between each one, until the butter is melted. Enjoy!

  23. I have this in the oven right now, so can’t leave a star rating yet (although it smells amazing!). Question . . . do you think I can freeze the leftovers for a future party? I made a whole batch, and I doubt we’ll finish it (although you never know!).

    1. Absolutely. You can freeze for up to 3 months before thawing and enjoying again.

  24. I’m not sure what went wrong – my mix didn’t crisp up. It’s soggy! Disappointed because the flavor is delicious! Has this happened to you before?

    1. Keep on baking it if desired! It may be slightly soggy when removed from the oven, too, but cooling crisps it right up. 🙂

  25. Isadora Shannon says:

    Hi Sally!

    I am making this tomorrow…As for the dry ingredients: would you recommend unsalted mixed nuts since salt is include din the recipe? Or do you use already salted and roasted nuts? Also, if I am to buy Gardetto’s rye bagel chips, will that be too salty since your recipe includes salt? Thanks!!
    Isadora

    1. Hi Isadora! Both depend on how salty you like your snacks. I usually use salted mixed nuts. Remember, there’s spice and sweetness in this mix too. The rye chips are delicious and will definitely be salty, but if you like saltier snacks, they’d be totally fine!

      1. Isadora Shannon says:

        Thank you so much Sally! So excited to try this out!! 🙂

  26. Made this today and love it! My new Chex mix go to!

  27. Really good. Easy to make too, great for gifts. I added a bit more spice, we like a little spicy, cayenne pepper, also don’t go light on the Worcestershire.

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