Chexicago Party Mix

A friend of mine made this Chexicago Party Mix for a holiday open house one year. I could not stop eating it! I like the Original Chex Party Mix, but I think I like this even better! It’s called Chexicago Party Mix because it’s inspired by the sweet-and-salty caramel and cheese popcorn combination that’s popular in Chicago. I started mixing up my 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 I think Chicagoans have great taste when it comes to snacks! 🙂

Chexicago Party Mix

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chexicago Party Mix

Makes 24 (1/2 cup) servings

3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal or 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!

Recipe from NancyC |

This is great to serve at any get-together…and perfect for a game-watching snack! Do you like sweet-and-salty snacks too?

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