Caramel Apple Chex Mix is a perfect tailgating or fall bake sale treat! Sweet, caramely and tangy. This delicious fall treat won’t last long! This post contains affiliate links.
Can I be a little honest about football season? I’m really just here for the food. Like football food is absolutely the best so I would attend any and all tailgates just to have a shot at the food table. And if it wasn’t for my husband’s team, I would feel tempted to sit where the best football food was at any tailgate. Hey, I don’t see team colors, my eyes are on the dip and snack selection :). Make sure yours is the best table at the tailgate with Caramel Apple Chex mix!
To me, the three powerhouse flavors of the fall are caramel, apple and pumpkin. Combine any two and you’ve got magic. This sweet chex mix recipe is also a perfect fall make and take because it’s not dependent on any certain temperature. Since I live in Illinois — where in the fall we need every single piece of clothing we own ready to roll at a moment’s notice — from shorts to parkas — this is perfect no matter the weather and transport is a snap.
Caramel Apple Chex Mix How-to
The secret ingredient here is apple cider mix, which can be found in the coffee/tea/hot chocolate area. They usually only have one or two selections of this at the store, so it takes a second to find it amongst the 10,000 hot chocolate selections. You’ll also need brown sugar, butter, nuts, and Chex.
Bring your butter, brown sugar and apple cider mix to a boil. I used all 10 (yep, 10) packets in the box — you need it to get the right tangy flavor, and it’s not overwhelming at all. I found that it worked best to melt my butter completely and then stir in the brown sugar and cider mix packets and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Spread out your Chex mix (I did Rice Chex, but any plain type of Chex or mix of different Chex types would work for this) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You’re definitely going to want to do parchment paper to cut down on the clean up. I found these cookie parchment baking sheets here that I am so ordering for next time! I threw in some honey-roasted peanuts for this one, but totally optional. My sister has a really nuanced system for if nuts are okay in desserts (no in baked goods or ice cream, yes in snack mixes), so I threw these in here, but totally up to you.
Drizzle the brown sugar mixture on top of your Chex/nuts, but don’t stir at this point. Pop it in a 350° oven for 8 minutes.
After 8 minutes, bring it out and stir it — really get underneath the mix because the caramel likes to sink to the bottom. Pop it back in the oven for another 8 minutes. Right when you pull it out, really give it another good stir, especially along the bottom to make sure the caramel didn’t sink down.
Now one thing about this recipe, is you need to let it cool completely. It’s still tasty right away, but it will absolutely make you feel like you’re going to seal your jaw shut, Sugar Babies style if you eat it right away. It’s not sticky at all if it’s cooled, so try to wait if you can, hehe. Let it cool for at least an hour and then just break up the hunks with a spatula.
Package it up for a bake sale, take it a sealed container for tailgating, or just eat it up! I found my football tableware at the Target Dollar Spot, but couldn’t find it online to link to it — something similar below from Amazon.
So a family friend used to sneak M&M’s in a coffee mug and just tell the kids the mug was filled with hot coffee (side note, these are EXACTLY the kind of life hacks I’m looking for :)) Feel free to do the ol’ mug disguise here if you’re not in a sharing mood. Anyone try this recipe with a different mix in? I’d love to hear in the comments! P.S. You can see the other blogs I’m linking up with here along with the cohosts Canvassed Recipes and Food for the Soul 00! Enjoy! 🙂
Tools I used to make Caramel Apple Chex Mix:
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- 2 sticks of butter
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 1 7.4 ounce box Alpine spiced apple cider
- 8 c. Chex (any kind will work here)
- 2 c. honey-roasted peanuts (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- Spread your Chex and nuts evenly on a parchment paper lined sheet pan
- Melt your butter in a saucepan, stirring in the brown sugar and cider mix packets
- Bring to a boil
- Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly
- Drizzle the brown sugar mixture over the Chex, but don't stir
- Bake for 8 minutes
- Remove from oven and stir, be sure to scrap the bottom of the pan
- Bake an additional 8 minutes
- Remove from oven and stir
- Let it cool completely before serving
What you’ll need for Caramel Apple Chex Mix: