Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

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We recently made this Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix to give out to some friends and my daughter’s teachers. I cooked it in the crock pot but am going to try making it again this week in the oven to see if there is really any difference between the cooking methods. I’ll add an update to this post once I’ve tried both methods.

Be sure to hold out any ingredients that will melt, like candy corn, honey roasted peanuts (the outside candy shell melts in the cooking), chocolate or marshmallows. These ingredients should be added after the Chex Mix has cooked.

If you are giving this away to friends and family, add to decorative bags. The Chex website also has a bunch of mix ideas.

UPDATE: I made this again cooking it in the oven instead of in the crock-pot and it came out much better. Try cooking in a 275 F oven for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. The final mix was crunchier -not as chewy as it was cooked in the crock-pot. And, cooking in the oven made the sugar glaze look nice and shiny.

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Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix
Use this ingredient list as a guide on the number of cups of cereal, candy, nuts, etc. Be creative and substitute whatever ingredients you prefer.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large crock-pot, stir together the cereal, crackers, bugles, nuts and pretzels. If you are adding dried fruit, add that now as well. If you are adding candy, chocolate or popcorn, that should be left until after the cereal mix has cooked.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg.
  3. Toss this with the cereal mixture to coat all the dry ingredients.
  4. Cook on high for 1 1/2 hours. Set a timer to remember to mix the cereal mixture every 15 minutes. Once it's cooked, spread out onto parchment lined baking sheets to cool. Add the candy or chocolate to the cereal mix.
  5. Add the candy, marshmallows and/or chocolate to the cereal mix.
  6. Melt the chocolate melting chips and drizzle over the top of the cereal and candy mix. Let it completely cool.
  7. Either add to a serving bowl or if you are giving out to friends and family, add to decorative bags.
Recipe Notes

UPDATE: I made this again cooking it in the oven instead of in the crock-pot and it came out much better. Try cooking in a 275 F oven for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. The final mix was crunchier -not as chewy as it was cooked in the crock-pot. And, cooking in the oven made the sugar glaze look nice and shiny.

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