A Rocky Road-Inspired Chex Mix Twist

updated May 1, 2019
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While Chex Mix is usually thought of being a salty, savory party snack, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be a salty, sweet party dessert. Take a cue from classic rocky road ice cream and pile in a slew of goodies like chunks of chocolate, mini marshmallows, and roasted almonds.

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First, Make (or Buy) Your Chex Mix

You’ll need a big batch of basic Chex Mix on hand before you can go and jazz it up. Luckily, churning some out couldn’t be easier — especially when you lean on your slow cooker. Simply combine Chex cereal, pretzels, bagel chips, and crackers with melted butter and seasonings. Let the mixture cook on low in a slow cooker for a few hours until it’s dry and toasty and you’ve got your classic Chex Mix.

While it’s hard to beat homemade Chex Mix, don’t hesitate to reach for the store-bought stuff in a pinch. In fact, adding a few ingredients to a bag of Chex Mix is the easiest way to make it taste so much closer to the from-scratch version.

Make Rocky Road Chex Mix

1. From homemade: Follow the recipe for slow-cooker Chex Mix, but omit the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and replace them with 1/2 cup granulated or brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. You can also replace the bagel chips and crackers with butter cookie or graham cracker pieces. Once cool, gently stir in a few generous handfuls each of chocolate chunks, mini marshmallows, and roasted almonds.

2. From store-bought: Toss a bag of Honey Nut Chex Mix with a few generous handfuls each of chocolate chunks, mini marshmallows, and roasted almonds.

Chex Mix Upgrades

The beloved party mix is a classic for good reason, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be jazzed up. In fact, it’s a blank slate for flavorful additions and mix-ins. This series will show you just how easy it is to make Chex Mix — be it homemade or store-bought — all your own.