‘Sweet Heat’ Slow Cooker Chex Mix

This recipe from Kim looks amazing! This is the kind of thing my family would devour at the beach!

I love a Chex Mix for several reasons…I can make a huge batch at once, there are tons of different flavor variations, it’s great to have on hand for hungry kids that are constantly in and out of the kitchen, and it’s super easy to throw in a ziploc bag and carry with you on long car trips or to the beach. However, we’ve been experiencing quite the heat wave this week, so turning on my oven, and opening it every so often to stir up a batch of chex mix was not appealing to me.

Crock Pot Chex Mix EAH

Crock-Pot to the rescue!! Yes, the slow cooker comes in handy all year long! I couldn’t quite decide which direction I wanted to go with this mix…did I want sweet? Did I want spicy? I kind of wanted both, so that’s what I did. A sweet and salty combo with just a little bit of heat. You could easily increase the heat on this, but I knew my kids wouldn’t go for it, so I kept it mild. It actually sneaks up on you – the first few bites taste sweet and salty, and then you get a little kick from the cayenne.

Sweet Heat Chex Mix EAH

And yes, those are little Minion cheese crackers. According to my 7 year old, the Minions taste better than the traditional square crackers! As with almost all chex mixes, you can add whatever you like or have on hand.

'Sweet Heat' Slow Cooker Chex Mix
A sweet and salty combination with just a little heat, that comes together easily in your slow cooker.
  • 2 cups of each:
  • Corn Chex cereal
  • Rice Chex cereal
  • Wheat Chex cereal
  • Cheerios cereal
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese Crackers
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 bag Pretzel M&M's (or candy of choice)
  1. Place all of the cereals, pretzels and crackers into slow cooker.
  2. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt butter.
  3. Add brown sugar, Worcestershire, seasoning salt, cinnamon and cayenne to butter. Mix well.
  4. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir to coat.
  5. Cover with lid and set slow cooker on low for 2½-3 hours, stirring every 30 mins. (Make sure to stir down to the bottom to make sure it doesn't burn)
  6. NOTE: to prevent condensation from dripping onto cereal, you can place a clean dishcloth between the lid and slowcooker base.
  7. Once done, spread out on wax paper to cool.
  8. Add M&M's and store in air tight container.

Just beware…it’s hard to stay out of!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and many more desserts!

Brownie Biscoff Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies…whatever you like to call it, is a yummy treat made up of cereal, chocolate (need I say more?!) and the variations are endless. I have several different versions on my blog, b/c we love it!

In seeing all the different cake mix recipes floating around, it got me to thinking….cake mix is good…but BROWNIE mix is even better (can I get an amen from all my chocoholics out there?) So I decided to play around with my Puppy Chow/Muddy Buddy recipe to incorporate…you guessed it, brownie mix!

Since my son and I are allergic to peanuts, I usually make this with a peanut butter replacement (like Sunbutter or Wowbutter ) but since Biscoff is my son’s most current favorite food obsession, I thought we would use that. If you haven’t tried Biscoff, I highly recommend it! I have to keep myself from just sitting down and eating it with a spoon. But don’t fret, all you die hard peanut butter lovers out there…this recipe would be fantabulous with peanut butter.  **Side note: Biscoff comes in glass jars and I’ve been saving mine to use as storage jars. Just cut off label (it is shrink wrapped onto bottle, so no messy goo to get off), wash, and you are ready to go!

Brownie Biscoff Puppy Chow
  • 4½ cups Chex (or store brand) cereal
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup Biscoff (could also use any nut butter or PB replacement)
  • ¾ cup brownie mix (I used Dark Chocolate)
  • Add ins (optional) - mini marshmallows, M&M candy, the possibilities are endless!
  1. Measure out cereal and place in a large bowl.
  2. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt your chocolate chips and Biscoff. (I start out with 30 seconds, stir, then heat in 15 second increments until melted.)
  3. Pour melted chocolate mixture over the cereal. Stir gently to coat.
  4. Add ¾ cup brownie mix to a large ziploc bag, dump chocolate coated cereal into ziploc, and shake to coat.
  5. Spread brownie coated mixture on a large baking sheet to completely dry.
  6. Once cereal mix is dry (which only takes a few minutes), you can add anything you like to it (I used mini marshmallows and M&M's - but during the holidays, themed candies are fun to add) or you can leave the mix plain - b/c it is delicious all by itself!


Kim of Mo’Betta – 40 year old married mama of  3 – ages 11, 9, and 4.  I started blogging as a way to journal my adventures in the kitchen as I learned to move away from the microwave and boxed meals to cooking ‘from scratch’. Most of my recipes are tailored to meet the needs of my food allergic son (nuts & eggs), diabetic husband, or my waistline! And don’t even get me started on how picky my kids’ taste buds are…

The No-Bake, No-Cook, No-Time Gift Solution – 4 Snack Mix Recipes in a Jar

4 Snack Mixes in a Jar for Gift Giving

These snack mixes couldn’t be easier to make. They’re perfect for teacher gifts or for the people you work with or anyone else you’d like to give a small gift to this year.

Here’s the story on these snack mixes and why they make their the perfect solution  – The Prep and Planning series that I’m doing with Liz from Hoosier Homemade starts today and we’d decided to do homemade gift ideas from the kitchen for the first week.

Friday night came and I knew I had to come up with an idea for today’s post.  I had nothing.  Squat nada.  Zilch.

But, a tiny bit of holiday magic happened and I woke up Saturday morning with the idea for snack mix in jars.

Not totally original, maybe, but   I think it’s the perfect idea.  I had no time to bake or cook.  I’m a no-fuss gift giver.  I’m not good at beautiful, well planned gifts.

This is perfect for me!  Everything looks better in a Mason jar, right?

Ever since I put these together on Sunday afternoon, my family has been munching on them.  I had to beat them off with a stick until I could take the photos.

I’ve got 4 snack mix ideas here, but use these just as a jumping off point.  Feel free to do your own thing.  I really wanted to do a Circus Mix with iced animal cookies, colorful marshmallows, peanuts and…whatever else sounded good.  I also think a Coffee Break Mix with chocolate covered coffee beans and other stuff sounds great.  Use your imagination and invent your own.  Or use the ideas below.

Bonus:  There’s a free printable to go with the Hollywood Mix.  I bribed my daughter into making it for us and I think she did a great job!

Here are the 4 mixes, all jarred up and looking cute.

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