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Caramel Chex

This sweet snack features Rice Chex coated in a buttery, caramel coating! To make it extra special, be sure to add the peanuts or cashews. One bite and you will be hooked!
5 from 2 votes
Course Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 1 12.8-ounce Rice Chex cereal, see note below
  • 1 cup salted cashews or peanuts, optional


  • Combine the cereal and nuts (if using) in a large, microwaveable bowl. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Heat over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1½ minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Immediately remove from heat and pour the caramel mixture over the cereal and nuts. Stir until the cereal is evenly coated.
  • Microwave the caramel cereal mixture for 1 minute on full power. Stir well after heating and repeat this process 3 more times, stirring after each minute of heating. The mixture should be heated for a total of 4 minutes.
  • Spread in an even layer on two large, rimmed trays lined with parchment paper. The caramel chex will harden as it cools. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Chex brand cereal has downsized from a 12.8-ounce to 12-ounce box, so you will want to purchase two boxes if using this brand. Add 1 cup extra rice chex cereal if using a 12-ounce box and use the remainder for cereal or a different recipe. I used the 12.8-ounce Aldi brand version of rice Chex, and it worked perfectly. Plus, the Aldi brand is much cheaper! :)