This crispy, crunchy Halloween Chex Mix recipe is perfect for spooky season! Don’t miss all the yummy mix-ins for this Halloween snack mix below.
It’s finally spooky season! I’ve been dreaming up Halloween treats since summer, so I’ve been practically bursting to share them. We have some DELICIOUS sweet treats coming over the next few weeks, but first up is this delicious chex mix.
This easy Halloween snack mix has all kinds of nicknames (monster munch, monster mix, spooky snack mix, etc.), but no matter what you call it, there’s a lot going for it! Crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty Halloween Chex Mix is made with the perfect combination of crispy cereal, salty pretzels, and fun add-ins to give each bite a satisfying crunch.
Here’s what you need for this easy Halloween Chex Mix recipe…
Simple Ingredients For Halloween Snack Mix:
- Rice Chex & Corn Chex. Since we’re making a gluten-free Halloween snack mix, I use a mix of gluten-free cereals. I like mixing Rice Chex & Corn Chex for the combination of colors and flavors, though you can absolutely do all of one flavor or the other!
- Cheerios. Next up is plain Cheerios. They add a nice crunch and subtle shape. Sometimes choose the multigrain Cheerios for a bit more color. Use whichever you like!
- Gluten-Free Pretzels. Now for a little SALTY for this sweet & salty snack mix! I like the Snyder’s gluten-free pretzels for this, but Glutino gluten-free pretzels are another good choice. Some Halloween Chex Mix recipes use pretzel sticks, but I like regular pretzel twists so the shapes are a bit more uniform and easier to snack on.
- Salted Peanuts. Make sure you pick up salted peanuts made with just peanuts, oil and salt (or dry roasted peanuts with just peanuts & salt). Some salty peanuts also have other seasonings like garlic or onion that will MAJORLY throw off the flavor here. (Bleh!)
- Halloween M&Ms. Now for some cute holiday color! Halloween M&Ms in green, orange, and purple add a fun, festive touch to this Halloween snack mix and give it it’s signature spooky look! If you can’t find Halloween m&ms in grocery stores, you can just use the orange, green, and brown from a regular bag.
- White Chocolate Melts Or Vanilla Almond Bark. Lastly, to bind all the snack mix ingredients together, you’ll use a bit of vanilla almond bark (easiest to work with!), white chocolate candy melts (that come in wafers) or some white chocolate chips (like Ghirardelli or Guittard).
- Halloween Sprinkles. For a cute look at the end, you can use a few shakes of sprinkles. We love nonpareils or jimmies for this job, but check out our Sprinkles 101 post to find other shapes that can work! (Get 10% off your order at Sweetapolita with my link!) It’s also fun to add a few eyeball sprinkles if you can find them!
- A BIG Bowl! You’ll need your biggest mixing bowl to stir all this goodness together. The bigger the better!
Ingredient Check: Is It Gluten-Free?
- Chex Cereal – All flavors of Chex besides Wheat Chex are gluten-free.
- Cheerios – Most Cheerios are certified gluten-free, including plain and multigrain
- Pretzels – You must buy certified gluten-free pretzels (we like these ones)
- M&Ms – Milk chocolate M&Ms are gluten-free, but you can check our list of gluten-free M&M candies if you want to use another variety!
- Sprinkles – Many brands are gluten-free or don’t use wheat/gluten ingredients. Check out our sprinkles 101 post for more info, including brands & where to buy!
How To Make Halloween Chex Mix, Step By Step:
- Prep Your Station. Spread out a sheet of parchment paper (I like to put mine on a cookie sheet for stability, but feel free to spread the parchment out on your counter).
- Combine The Halloween Chex Mix Ingredients. Set aside half of the Halloween M&Ms candy to decorate with at the end. In a very large bowl (your largest large mixing bowl), combine rice Chex, corn Chex, Cheerios, gluten-free pretzels, half of the m&ms, and the peanuts (if using).
- Melt The White Chocolate Coating. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt vanilla almond bark in 20-30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval until the white chocolate coating is smooth and has no lumps. (You can also do this on the stovetop in a double boiler, if you prefer)
- Drizzle & Stir. Pour the melted white chocolate over the cereal mixture and quickly stir to combine. (You want to coat everything well with the white chocolate mixture, but work quickly since the candy melts will start to cool and harden.)
- Spread Out, Sprinkle & Cool. Transfer the coated cereal mixture onto your prepared sheets of parchment in an even layer, and immediately sprinkle on the second half of the m&ms and the sprinkles (if using), and let it cool to set. It will form some clusters as it cools. I like to leave some larger sections and some smaller sections rather than breaking it all up.
- Serve & Store. Once the chocolate is all set, enjoy it right away, or transfer to an airtight container and store Halloween Chex Mix at room temperature on the counter up to 1 week.
Other Mix-Ins & Goodies To Try
This is my go-to Halloween Chex mix recipe, but there are SO many delicious things you can add to mix things up. Try:
- Candy Corn – Brach’s & YumEarth are gluten-free!
- Candy Pumpkins – Brach’s Mallocreme pumpkins (candy corn pumpkins) are gluten-free
- Bone Sprinkles or Candy Eyes
- Peanut Butter M&Ms – try them instead of regular M&Ms!
- Reese’s Pieces. Try swapping m&ms for Reeses Pieces! They’re delicious (and gluten-free!)
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Stuffed Pretzels
- Popped Popcorn – Try swapping 2 cups of the cereal for 2 cups of plain popped popcorn
- Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups – These are TINY. Little unwrapped bite-sized baking bits.
- Your Favorite Halloween Candies. Feel free to get creative!
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The BEst Halloween Chex Mix
What Can I Use Instead Of Peanuts? If you’ve got a peanut allergy, feel free to swap them for more cereal, pretzels, or other nuts instead. No problem!
Our Favorite Way To Package Chex Mix For Gifting. Whenever we’re packaging up Halloween Snack Mix for giving to friends or neighbors, I like to scoop it into these large treat bags and tie it with a cute ribbon, like orange polka dot ribbon for a fun, spooky look.
Can I Make This Dairy-Free? If you use dairy-free white chocolate/candy coating & swap out the m&m’s for a dairy-free chocolate candy, like Unreal candies, ChocoNoNo’s or Little Secrets, this Halloween party snack mix recipe CAN be dairy-free!
3 Tricks For The Prettiest Halloween Snack Mix:
- First, hold back a handful or two of the m&m candies and add those after you spread the Chex Mix out to dry. Then some of the m&ms will be coated in the white chocolate and some will be easily visible. It makes the red, pink, and white pop more!
- Second, add a few patriotic sprinkles. Just a little sprinkle of some nonpareil sprinkles or jimmies sprinkles adds a fun, festive touch! 100% unnecessary taste-wise, but 100% cute looks-wise!
- Dip some pretzels first. If you really want to go all out, you can lightly dip 1/2-3/4 cup of the pretzels into the melted almond bark, sprinkle them with sprinkles, and set them aside on a piece of parchment paper to dry before pouring the rest of the melted almond bark over the cereal/pretzel/candy mixture. This will give you a few really pretty pretzels that stand out! (But this is 100% cosmetic!) You could even get orange candy melts or black candy melts for the pretzels!
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