Chocolate Gooey Chex Mix is a twist on a family recipe. This chex mix recipe is filled with coconut, almonds, and of course, chocolate cereal!
Gooey Chocolate Chex Mix
This is a super quick and easy sweet chex mix recipe. It has most of my favorite things in it, including chocolate (cereal), toasted coconut, almonds, and a beautiful amount of butter. The bowl I use to make it is super special, it’s the same kind used in the Great British Baking Show! I use it to nerd bake all the time. Welcome to my corner of the interwebs folks.
What you need for gooey chocolate chex mix
- THE CEREAL- Chocolate Chex, Golden Grahams, and Cocoa Puffs. Get the good stuff. Don’t get the off brand. I insist.
- Coconut – sweetened, shredded
- Almonds- slivered or sliced
- Corn syrup- light
- White granulated sugar
- Butter- salted
- Vanilla extract- I’ve never seen this in a recipe for gooey chex mix, and I don’t know why. IT’S THE BEST.
How to make gooey chocolate Chex mix
- Start by mixing all the cereals, almonds, and toasted coconut into a large bowl.
- In a pan over low/medium heat, combine light corn syrup, sugar, and butter. Bring to a gentle boil stirring constantly and set a timer for 2 minutes. As you stir, keep an eye on the mixture and make sure it doesn’t boil over. You may have to lower the heat slightly to keep it from bubbling over the top of the pan.
- After 2 minutes boiling, remove from heat and stir until it’s no longer bubbling. Then add in the vanilla extract.
- Pour mixture over cereal, almonds, and coconut and stir in gently with a rubber spatula, careful not to crush the cereal.
- Spread on a baking sheet to cool, or serve straight from the bowl. Serve at room temperature.
Tips for making chocolate gooey Chex mix
- Prep your bowl -spray a non-stick cooking spray inside your bowl before adding the mix, it makes it easier to clean the bowl after.
- Stir constantly – stirring the corn syrup/sugar/butter mixture constantly as it’s boiling can help prevent it from boiling over.
- Still boiling over? -turn the heat down as you’re stirring if you start to see the syrup/sugar/butter start to rise too quickly.
- Use a rubber spatula -this helps prevent crushing the cereal as you stir the corn syrup mixture in.
- Toast the coconut!-toasting the coconut enhances that lovely flavor and adds a little more crunch. See recipe for instructions.
Storing gooey Chex mix
- Making ahead? – You can store this chex mix in an airtight bag or container for up to 1 week.
- Can you freeze gooey chex mix? I don’t recommend it. It’s best eaten freshly made and can lose it’s crunchy texture if frozen.
- Do you need to refrigerate gooey chex mix? Nope! Refrigeration makes gooey chex mix hard to pull apart and eat, it’s best served at room temperature. The cold temperature can also make it go stale faster, just like bread.
How to customize gooey Chex mix
- Gluten free- Use all gluten free cereal, such as Chex.
- Pretzels – for a salty crunch!
- Chocolate – oh boy, so many options. Mint chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips. The list goes on! Just make sure to let the mixture cool before adding chocolate, so it doesn’t melt the chocolate.
- Mini Marshmallows – add when semi-cooled so they don’t melt. Now it’s S’mores Chex mix!
- Dried Fruit – dried cranberries, banana chips, pineapple, or even kiwi. Yum!
More holiday treat ideas
- Biscoff Filled Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Double Chocolate Cookie Bars
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Eggnog Mug Cake
Chocolate Gooey Chex Mix
- 4 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
- 4 cups Cocoa Puffs cereal
- 4 cups Golden Grahams cereal
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut, toasted
- 1 cup almonds, sliced or slivered
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1-¼ cup butter, salted
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cereals, toasted coconut, and almonds.
- In a saucepan, combine light corn syrup, butter, and white granulated sugar. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes while stirring.
- Remove from heat and add in vanilla extract. Pour over cereal mixture, and stir in gently with rubber spatula, being careful not to crush the cereal.
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