Maybe a tropical vacation isn't currently in your future, but that doesn't mean your snack can't make you feel that island breeze. Take classic Chex Mix to the land of sand and palm trees with the help of just two quick add-ins: toasted coconut flakes and dried pineapple.
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.
Get the recipe: How To Make Slow-Cooker Chex Mix
Make Tropical Chex Mix
1. From homemade: Follow the recipe for slow-cooker Chex Mix, but omit the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder and replace them with 1/2 cup granulated or brown sugar and 1 teaspoon 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 of both toasted coconut flakes and dried pineapple chunks or dried pineapple rings that have been chopped into bite-sized pieces.
2. From store-bought: Toss a bag of Honey Nut Chex Mix with a few generous handfuls of both toasted coconut flakes and dried pineapple chunks or dried pineapple rings that have been chopped into bite-sized pieces.
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.