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 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.
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
- 2 cups of each:
- Corn Chex cereal
- Rice Chex cereal
- Wheat Chex cereal
- Cheerios cereal
- Cheese Crackers
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
- 1 bag Pretzel M&M's or candy of choice
- Place all of the cereals, pretzels and crackers into slow cooker.
- In a small microwave safe bowl, melt butter.
- Add brown sugar, Worcestershire, seasoning salt, cinnamon and cayenne to butter. Mix well.
- Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir to coat.
- Cover with lid and set slow cooker on low for 2 1/2-3 hours, stirring every 30 mins. (Make sure to stir down to the bottom to make sure it doesn't burn)
- NOTE: to prevent condensation from dripping onto cereal, you can place a clean dishcloth between the lid and slowcooker base.
- Once done, spread out on wax paper to cool.
- 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!