Chex®icago Party Mix


My friend Sylvia made this Chex®icago Party Mix for a holiday open house. I could not stop eating it! I like the Original Chex® Party Mix, but this is a nice change. It’s called Chex®icago Party Mix because it’s inspired by the sweet and salty caramel-and-cheese popcorn combination that’s popular in Chicago. I started eating popcorn that way about ten years ago, and had no idea it was a favorite Chicago treat! I really like the sweet and salty (and cheesy) combination of flavors, so I have to say that Chicagoans have great taste when it comes to snacks! Now thanks to Sylvia, we all know about it! 🙂  This recipe makes 24 (1/2) cup servings.

CHEX®ICAGO PARTY MIX adapted from Chex® Mix

  • 3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal (Sylvia substituted Cocoa Puffs® cereal)
  • 2 cups bite-size square cheese crackers (like Cheez-It® crackers)
  • 3 cups cheese popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar or molasses (the molasses gives you a heavier, darker caramel coating)
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

In large microwavable bowl, mix together cereals, 1 cup of the cheese crackers, and 2 cups of the popcorn; set aside.

Place butter, brown sugar (or molasses), corn syrup, and salt in a 2-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave on High for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave on High again until mixture bubbles. Remove from microwave and stir in baking soda. Mixture will foam, but keep stirring until baking soda is dissolved. Pour over the cereal mixture and stir until fully coated.

Microwave this coated mixture on High 4 to 5 minutes, stirring after every minute. Spread on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Let cool about 5 minutes to let caramel fully harden. Stir in remaining 1 cup cheese crackers and 1 cup cheese popcorn, and then it’s ready to serve!

This would be a great snack to serve for the holidays…and perfect for any football game-watching party!

Linked to Sunday Showcase, Sundae Scoop, Potluck Sunday, Motivate Me Monday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Show and Tell, We Did It! Wednesday, Show Off Your Stuff, Foodie Friday, Favorite Things Friday, I’m Lovin’ It Friday, Favorite Things Saturday.


17 thoughts on “Chex®icago Party Mix

    1. nancyc Post author

      I’ve visited Chicago a few times and they do have great popcorn! There was a great little place on Michigan Avenue, I think, where I had some really good caramel corn!


  1. Stephanie Lynn

    Hi Nancy! Happy New Year. What a fabulous addition to an all time classic. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and linking up to The Sunday showcase party – I have featured this today. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn


  2. Jane

    The name grabbed my attention…the recipe makes my mouth water. You can believe this will be on the tables at our next Bunco night. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Jane (artfully graced)


  3. Jacqueline

    I have never heard of this and it sounds really different, but I can see the sweet and salty thing sould be great. We will have to give this one a try. Sounds like something I wouldn’t be able to stop eating either.


  4. Susan Freeman

    This is the perfect snack for me!!! I was born and raised in Chicago ( still miss it) but now live in Idaho. We are having this snack tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe.

    Susan and Bentley


  5. laurie

    I bet this is delicious Nancy. I’ll be making this soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe, and thanks for again linking to Favorite Things. I always love to come see what new cooking treat you are sharing! laurie



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