Gooey Almond and Coconut Chex Mix Recipe

This recipe was a staple in our house every holiday season while we were growing up- a couple of years ago I even made about 10 batches of it and took it around to our neighbors as a Christmas gift. It is easy to throw together, the kids can help make it, and it is finished and ready to eat in less than 15 minutes.
 Warning: it’s super addicting! 
I have absolutely no control when I make this . . . I just can’t stop nibbling. :)
I even had it for breakfast this morning . . . it’s cereal, right?!
Gooey Almond and Coconut Chex Mix Recipe
Recipe type: Snack
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12 servings
It is easy to throw together, the kids can help make it, and it is finished and ready to eat in less than 15 minutes. Great for neighbor gifts at Christmas!
  • 1 (14 oz-17 oz) box of Rice OR Corn Chex cereal
  • 7 ounce bag of sweetened coconut
  • 5 ounce bag of almonds (about 1⅓ cup)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ sticks (3/4 cup) margarine or butter
  • 1¼ cups light corn syrup (like Karo syrup)
  • Dash of salt
  1. Spray a LARGE (the biggest you can find!) bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Pour in the entire box of Chex cereal, coconut, and almonds. Gently mix together.
  2. Mix together the sugar, butter, light corn syrup, and dash of salt in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a full boil, turn heat down to medium, and cook for three minutes, stirring constantly. Pour over the cereal mixture in the big bowl and stir evenly.
  3. Spread cereal evenly on wax paper and let cool (even though it’s delicious to eat while warm, too!).
  4. Once it cools, I bag it up in little cellophane bags and share with neighbors and friends. Or put it in a bowl and dig in!
  5. You can also store it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and it lasts for a couple of days.

Equipment needed for this recipe:

This is the perfect job for your kids to do. :)

Here is a video on how to quickly make this treat:


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  1. says

    I haven’t heard of this chez mix recipe before. Sounds delish and so simple to make. Just bought some yesterday so I will have to try it with this box. Can’t wait!!! In fact I think I will forward it to my daughter in college. She might enjoy this while studying for finals.

  2. Melanie says

    I brought this to school for a get together and everyone loved it. I’m not sure I mixed the corn syrup and cereal well enough. It kind of pooled on the wax paper. I also added milk chocolate chips once it had cooled.

  3. says

    Let’s try this again…silly sticky fingers. I made this and LOVED the flavors, but did not like that it was gooey. Is there a way to make it so it is dryer like other chex mixes? I can’t seem to keep my fingers out of the bowl.

  4. Brenda Griffin says

    So the mix is supposed to be gooey? I guess if is was in individual bags for a childrens party it would be fine. Think Im going to try it for a Wii Fitness Fun Nite this Friday for 5-12 year olds:-)

  5. Amy says

    We LOVE this recipe!!! Thank you so much for sharing. It is so addicting we call it ‘crack’. That’s its name around here. People call and request that i bring ‘crack’ for this or that function. When at the grocery store my kids will remind me to get the ingredients for ‘crack’. We get some pretty funny looks! HA! My niece texted this morning and requested the recipe for crack. So i sent her this link. Again, thanks for sharing.

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