The fried, caramelized, cinnamon-sugar goodness that is a churro is so easy to fall for. Really, what's not to like? Even the act of getting your fingers sticky with the sweet and spicy coating is enjoyable. Toss Chex Mix with caramel sauce and plenty of cinnamon-sugar and you'll have an experience just as satisfying and tasty.
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 Churro 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 2 tablespoons melted caramel sauce, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar. You can also replace the bagel chips and crackers with butter cookie or graham cracker pieces.
2. From store-bought: Start with a bag of Sweet & Salty Popped Chex Mix. Toss it with a drizzle of melted butter and a spoonful of cinnamon sugar. Lay it out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 300°F for about 15 minutes, until the butter has absorbed and the mix is dry.
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.