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Gooey Almond and Coconut Chex Mix Recipe

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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?!

1 (14 oz-17 oz) box of Rice OR Corn Chex cereal
7 ounce bag of sweetened coconut
5 ounce bag of almonds (about 1 1/3 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) margarine or butter
1 1/4 cups light corn syrup (like Karo syrup)
Dash of salt

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.

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

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.
Spread cereal evenly on wax paper and let cool (even though it’s delicious to eat while warm, too!).

Once it cools, I bag it up in little cellophane bags and share with neighbors and friends . . . it’s also a big hit for bake sales or potluck dinners!

You can also store it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and it lasts for a couple of days.

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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

    We made this and loved it! Yum:) My husband added a dash of salt to a portion of the recipe and enjoyed it. This has made it to my list of holiday goodies to share! Mahalo!!

  4. 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.

  5. says

    I was given a batch of this 12 years ago for Christmas with the recipe attached. I made it for a year or two, then lost the recipe. I have been looking for it ever since! I’m headed to the store right now!!!! Thank you!!!!

  6. 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:-)

  7. Marcia Leibfried says

    This sounds delicious and I love coconut. My only question is this sticky when pickup with leaving you with sticky fingers?

    • Cyd says

      This is soft but doesn’t really leave your fingers way sticky. You may have to lick the gooey goodness off of your fingertips! But we’re all about that! :)

  8. Rosie says

    Finally made this today & I can’t stop eating it! It hasn’t even cooled yet! Absolutely delicious! I hope I have some left over to share :)

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