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This Halloween Chex Mix Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and salty with all the crunch factor you crave in a snack. It’s easy to whip together in minutes and into the oven it goes for toasty perfection. Top that off with chocolate and peanut butter candies for a dangerously delicious treat!

This Halloween mix is perfect for classroom treats, a gift for the neighbors, to pass out to trick-or-treaters, or to serve on your Halloween party table. This family favorite is sure to become a tradition you’ll make again and again.

A black bowl full of Halloween Chex Mix set on an orange halloween placemat.

This stuff really should come with a warning label! Halloween Chex Mix = highly addictive!!! Because once you start it’s hard to stop eating it!

That being said everyone loves it – making it a big hit for Halloween munching, the Fall, and really anytime for that matter!

Here’s what you will need to whip up a quick batch!

Ingredient Notes

Image of ingredients needed to make Halloween Chex Mix; butter, brown sugar, vanilla, pretzels, rice chex, bugles, M&M's, and Reese's Pieces.

Simple ingredients make up the base of the perfect sweet and salty Halloween party mix. See our Variations section for ideas of additions and substitutions for this recipe.

For the Sauce:

  • Butter: Creamy butter is the base of the caramel sauce. Give a smooth nutty flavor to the caramel sauce.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar caramelizes with butter and gives a sweetness to balance out the salty.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a layer of delicious vanilla flavor. It really is just a hint but it’s so good you don’t want to skip it!

For the Chex Mix:

  • Rice Chex Cereal: Any Classic Chex Mix will work. I use rice Chex but use whichever you like. You can get so many flavors and types.
  • Salty Pretzels: I love the pretzels twist because they remind me of bat wings. The mini or regular size will work equally well, but you can use anything you have on hand.
  • Bugles: I usually use the basic, but you can get them in caramel, chocolate peanut butter, and even some savory mixes too.
  • M&M’s Ghoul Mix – This mix has the perfect blend of Halloween colors. You can get them in peanut and regular M&M flavors.
  • Reese’s Pieces: A little peanut butter flavor for the mix.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Pumpkin Spice: Add ½ to 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice to the sauce or use the pumpkin spice Chex mix.
  • Fall Candies: Add a harvest candy mix, candy pumpkins, or candy corn to give even an even more festive look to the mix.
  • Favorite Halloween Candy: For an even spookier Chex Mix add in candy eyes or gummy eyeballs, brains, ghosts, fingers, or worms.
  • More Chocolate: Bite-sized candy bars or Halloween candy will do the trick. You could even add in Pumpkin Pretzels or ones made to look like ghosts.
  • Other Fun Mix-Ins: Gummy worms, mini Oreo cookies, chocolate or white chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, popcorn, or even kettle corn.
  • Baking Morsels: Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch morsels, or caramel bits all are delicious additions.

How To Make Halloween Chex Mix

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Preheat Oven and Prepare Sauce

Preheat your oven and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, heat butter until melted. Stir in brown sugar, until it begins to simmer. Remove and add vanilla extract.

Collage images showing heated sauce and it being poured onto chex mix.

Step 2 | Prepare Mix and Bake

To your baking sheet, add Chex, pretzels, and Bugles. Stir to combine and mix the ingredients.

Pour the butter mixture over the snack and cereal mixture, stir, and bake.

Collage image showing a tray of chex mix after being baked and a bowl with halloween candy added.

Step 3 | Cool and toss in Candy Mix-Ins

Allow the mixture to cool slightly, and add to a large mixing bowl.

Add the M&Ms and Reese’s pieces and toss them together.

All that is next is HAPPY SNACKING!

Tips

  • Chex Party Mix can be made in so many ways for every occasion.  Add your favorite mix-ins to create a unique Chex Mix Recipe with a new twist for your holiday fun.
  • Use items you have on hand. You don’t have to go out and buy twist pretzels if you have sticks. Likewise, if you have other candies that fit the look you want to achieve use those.
Overhead image of a clear bowl filled with Halloween Chex mix with a black and white checked tea towel in the background set on a orange and black placemat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a Gluten-Free Halloween Snack Mix

Yes, you can. Many of the Chex cereals are gluten-free, as are many pretzels. Bugles are a corn chip but are not certified GF, so you can replace this in the mix with something else if desired. Most M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces are listed as gluten-free, but just check the labels to be sure. You can always add any GF candies you love and enjoy.

How to Serve Halloween Chex Mix

Perfect for Entertaining: I love to have this on Halloween when family and friends come by for an easy quick grab snack. You can also place it in a cute little Halloween treat bag with a note.

Movie Night: A great way to serve this yummy mix at your next Halloween movie night. Enjoy along with popcorn or even add in popcorn. It’s the perfect snack to nibble on while watching the movie.

Halloween Treats: We get tons of trick-or-treaters on Halloween (they come in from all over our town) and I like to have a little something extra for our neighborhood families. So I will wrap this up in individual servings and give them out. They love it!

How to Store

Storage: After the mix is completely cooled, place in an airtight container and store for up to at least 1 week.

More Halloween Recipes

Easy Cannoli Dip Recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie Trifle

Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Black Forest Poke Cake

S’mores Dip Recipe

No-Bake Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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Halloween Chex Mix Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
This Halloween Chex Mix is the perfect combination of sweet and salty with all the crunch factor you crave in a snack. It's easy to whip together in minutes and into the oven it goes for toasty perfection. Top that off with chocolate and peanut butter candies for a dangerously delicious treat!

Ingredients 

For the Sauce

  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups hard pretzels
  • 2 cups Bugles snacks
  • 1 cup M&Ms Ghoul Mix, (regular or peanut)
  • ½ cup Reese's Pieces

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • In a medium-sized sauce pan, heat butter over medium heat, until melted. Stir in brown sugar and cook over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
  • To the lined baking sheet add rice Chex cereal, pretzels, and Bugles. Then stir to combine and spread out to an even layer.
  • Pour the sauce over the mixture and stir to coat. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the mixture to completely cool. Pour in a large bowl and mix in M&M's and Reese's Pieces and toss together.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 354kcal (18%) Carbohydrates: 47g (16%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 18g (28%) Saturated Fat: 11g (69%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.5g Cholesterol: 33mg (11%) Sodium: 204mg (9%) Potassium: 120mg (3%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 29g (32%) Vitamin A: 518IU (10%) Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) Calcium: 69mg (7%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Saving this for Halloween. It’s the perfect sweet and savory treat. My kids will love the addition of bugles.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this fun snack! I can’t wait to make this chex mix for my kids during Halloween – I know they are going to love it!