This Fall Harvest Chex Mix is a version of Chex mix that has a bit of sweetness and a bit of spiciness to make your fall complete!
Chex mix recipes are a beautiful thing! This recipe was found while looking through my collection of culinary magazines. I’m not kidding when I say that making this snack will make your home smell like fall. I would bottle the scent of this recipe and then release it whenever I want an autumn fix!
I think it’s the combination of seasoned salt, Worcestershire, hot pepper sauce, and a few other ingredients that make this recipe delectable and on the smokey side!
It makes quite a bit so it’s perfect to make for your next seasonal get together. It would even be great to make as a snack for your guests on Thanksgiving Day.
Ingredients & Tips
- Chex Cereal: We use both wheat and rice. It’s the perfect mix of hearty and smooth.
- Mini Cheese Crackers: You can use Cheez-Its or Gold Fish for this ingredient. Either one will work well.
- Pumpkin Seeds: If you aren’t a fan, you can omit these.
- Butter: We use unsalted butter due to the salt content in the rest of the ingredients.
- Garlic Powder and Seasoned Salt: Do not skip this. This is what gives the mix it’s flavor.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Just like the seasoned salt, you don’t want to skip this one. When it is combined with the salt, it takes the mix to a whole other flavor level.
- Hot Pepper Sauce: To add a little zing to it, this is also a must. We like to use Louisiana hot sauce for this. However, if you aren’t a pepper fan, you can leave this out.
- M&M’s: You can use either milk chocolate or candy corn. These are also a must to include because it adds sweetness to the mix.
Questions About This Recipe
I do not enjoy hot sauce. Can I substitute it with something else or leave it out?
Even though the hot sauce in this recipe gives it a zing, it is perfectly fine to omit it. You can also replace it with a little bit of crushed red pepper if you only want to experience minimal spiciness.
Other Chex Mix recipes require mixing every 15 minutes in the oven. Do we have to do it for this one?
Absolutely not. I imagine the reason why they do this is to make sure the seasonings are thoroughly baked into the ingredients. However, we have never done this and everything turned out fine. Just make sure to mix thoroughly after the baking is finished.
Can I substitute the M&M’s with something else?
Yes you can! Suggestions can be semi sweet chocolate chips, raisins, or Craisins. Mini pretzels and peanuts can also be added to the mix.
MORE OF Our Favorite
- 3 cups Wheat Chex
- 3 cups Rice Chex
- 3 cups miniature cheese crackers (we used Cheez-Its, goldfish can be used as well)
- 1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds (washed and dried)
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 2 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspon hot pepper sauce (we used Louisiana Hot Sauce)
- 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (we used Louisiana Hot Sauce)
- 2 cups milk chocolate M & M’s or candy corn M & M’s
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Place the melted butter inside a small bowl stir in the seasoned salt, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce.
- Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture and toss to coat.
- Bake for 1 hour and transfer to a large bowl. Let the mixture cool for 15 minutes and then add in the M & M’s. Stir until well combined.
- Store in airtight containers or in a gallon sized ziplock bag.