Sometimes my random little cooking experiments go well.
And sometimes they go very, very well. :)
Mmmm, this Candied Pecan Chex Mix would be a delicious case in point. I’m constantly whipping up new batches of my favorite candied pecans recipe for snacking and salad-topping, especially this time of year when those pecans also make for easy food gifts. Then as I mentioned last week, I’m always (always) cooking up fresh batches of Chex party mix to have on hand for snacking. (And, um, let’s be real — both recipes are two of my favorite ways to make my home smell a-m-a-z-i-n-g.)
But it wasn’t until last month that the lightbulb went off and I had the idea to try a mashup of these two recipes together! Because all of that salty and savory goodness of Chex Mix? Topped with that irresistible sweet and cinnamon-y crunchy candied pecan topping, along with a few handfuls of actual pecans mixed in?
In theory, it sounded like a good idea. In reality, it turned out to be a very, very good idea. :)
So here was the inspiration for this recipe — my all-time favorite recipe for Candied Pecans. I’ve made these for years, and this recipe never fails. It simply calls for cinnamon, sugar, salt, cayenne, egg whites, and lots and lots of pecans.
Then when paired with the base ingredients for Chex Mix (my favorite trio of Chex (rice, wheat and corn), plus pretzels, and lots of pecans instead of peanuts)…
…everything stirred up into a delicious-smelling mixture. But then once it was baked up…
…those egg whites worked their magic and everything suddenly was coated in an extra fluffy, crispy layer of candied coating.
And the result was one of my (new!) favorite salty and sweet snacks of all-time.
I will just warn you now that this stuff is wonderfully, irresistibly delicious. And if you decide to set a few bowls of it out for a party, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you won’t have any leftovers. I literally just had the pan of this sitting out on my counter for an afternoon when a few friends stopped by for various reasons, and — even before I had the chance to move it into serving bowls!! — they immediately spotted it on the counter and had to try a bite. And then another bite. And then by the end of the afternoon half of the pan was gone.
Seems to be how things go with Chex Mix. ;)
So anyway, this one is definitely a treat, but it’s perfect for the season and worth every bite. :)
Stay tuned next week for one more new Chex Mix recipe (my final recipe of three, after this one and my Coconut Oil Chex Mix recipe from last week.)
This recipe was sponsored by Chex. I am partnering with them this season to create some tasty new Chex Party Mix recipes for holiday parties (and any parties!), and all Chex-loving opinions are entirely my own as always. Thanks for continuing to support the brands who help make this site possible. ♥
Oh yum! I am loving everything here! I will need to pin it all and lock myself in my kitchen for a whole day ;)
Yay, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do! :D
We ALWAYS make a big batch of Chex Mix to munch on during Christmas Eve…but we have neverrr added candied pecans. This is pure tasty genius!! I love the salty, sweet and crunchy goodness going on here!
Thanks Taylor, we hope you and your family like this version! :)
Ali, this looks great! I love a good chex mix for parties!
I made a double batch of this for the Thanksgiving weekend. It was ALL GONE on the first day of guests. Truly, it is delish. I made it without the wheat chex to make it gluten free. I have always loved Chex mix … but I surely love this alternative also.
That’s awesome Kim, we’re so happy it was a hit with folks! Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)
I tried the sweet version of the Chex mix.
It was super easy to put together and tastes
wonderful. I had my daughter in law taste
test it also. All your recipes sound great.
Thanks for sharing Janet, we’re happy you and your daughter enjoyed this! :)
Thanks Janet, we’re happy you and your daughter-in-law enjoyed this! :)
I made this but I used melted butter instead of egg whites. It was amazing!!
Awesome, Sheila — we’re so glad you enjoyed it!
I have to make several batches of this every Christmas Perfect hostess gift! Everybody’s favorite and easy to Make!love i
I’d love to make this recipe and even bought ingredients, but both of the links to chex.com are defunct. I got 404 messages. Love your blog!
Sorry, Jordan, our site was down for a bit this afternoon. Everything should be back up and working now! Thank you for your patience. :)
I, too, would love to make it, but cannot find the recipe for the candied pecan Chex mix
Great recipe! I am currently managing an FB page called trailmyx.com. We sell custom-made trail mixes (choose your own ingredients) and ship them all over the US free of charge.
I would like to ask for your permission to feature this recipe on our FB page with a link back to your site. Hope to hear from you soonest!
Chex has taken down this recipe from their website. I can figure out the directions based on your candied pecan recipe, but wanted to see if the oven temp and cooking time are the same. 300 degrees, 40 minutes, stirring every 20. Thank you!
It is no longer on Chex website, how long do I cook it for and what temp? I assume just mix it all together?
Taylor, love your recipes! Just found this one but unfortunately, your link is no longer in effect. I looked everywhere on Chex web site and no luck. Do you think I can get the remaining steps of this? Thanks so much.
Looks like I’m late to the party on this one. The link for the instructions on the Chex site no longer pulls anything up. I’m going to wing it, as I already have everything ready to mix. Wish me luck!
I made this for my son last year. He loved it!! Well he had to get his teeth out. Anyway, do you think if I crushed the pecans, they would attach to the cereal and crackers?
I can’t find directions anywhere. I’ve checked the Chex site also. The link you have doesn’t work. Please help!
Thank you in advance.