Sweetheart Snack Mix

updated Feb 11, 2020
Valentine's Day
Sweetheart Snack Mix

This endlessly customizable snack mix is great for kids and adults of all ages, and is the perfect sweet and salty treat to always have on hand.

Serves24

Makes6 cups

Prep10 minutes

Cook30 minutes

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Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: CC Buckley

Sweetheart snack mix is a Valentine’s Day treat I’ve been making since my youngest started preschool. It came from a desire to send a classroom treat that was lower in sugar than candy, but just as fun. The base recipe is essentially a lightly-sweetened version of our classic snack mix, except this one bakes in the oven instead of the slow cooker.

Though it started out as a toddler treat, this snack mix is great for kids and adults of all ages — it’s a great thing to have on hand in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Here’s how to make it your own.

Credit: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: CC Buckley

Add Your Own Flair to Sweetheart Snack Mix

This snack mix is incredibly customizable, which means you can make it to suit your own tastes and with whatever is in your pantry. As long as you stick to a ratio of six cups cereal to 1 egg white and one-half cup sugar, you can use any combination of cereal, chips, crackers and pretzels. We love Chex, Cheerios, and goldfish pretzels, but Kix and mini pretzel twists are just as fun and can be baked right along with the cereal.

Any other additions should be added after the mix has baked and cooled. Dried and freeze-dried fruit as well as yogurt bites, chocolate covered raisins, and even mini marshmallows can be added to dress up the snack mix and make it more festive.

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Sweetheart Snack Mix

This endlessly customizable snack mix is great for kids and adults of all ages, and is the perfect sweet and salty treat to always have on hand.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 30 minutes

Makes 6 cups

Serves 24

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray

  • 1

    large egg white

  • 1/2 cup

    granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    water

  • 3 cups

    Rice Chex cereal

  • 1 cup

    Multi-Grain Cheerios

  • 1 cup

    pretzel or vanilla cookie Goldfish

  • 1/2 cup

    red, white, and pink or Valentine's Day sprinkles

  • 1 cup

    dried cherries

Instructions

  1. Arrange two racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat the oven to 300ºF. Lightly coat two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

  2. Place 1 large egg white, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl and whisk until foamy. Add 3 cups Rice Chex cereal, 1 cup Multigrain Cheerios cereal, and 1 cup Goldfish and stir until well coated. Add 1/2 cup red, white, and pink sprinkles, and stir until combined. Divide the snack mix between the baking sheets and spread into an even layer.

  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir and continue baking until the snack mix is dry to the touch, 10 to 15 minutes more. Let cool completely before adding 1 cup dried cherries.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.