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Peppermint Chocolate Chex Mix

Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix

  • Author: Sara Wells
  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 15-20
  • Yield: 8-9 Cups


8 cups Rice Chex Cereal
1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips (I’ve been told Sunbutter works great if you need a nut substitute)
½ cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons real butter
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract, or peppermint oil to taste
16 standard sized (the kind that come in a box) candy canes, divided*
1 cup powdered sugar

*As a candy cane connoisseur, I suggest Bob’s or Brach’s (they are owned by the same company now) or even the little round starbrite mints.  I would avoid Spangler brand for baking in general because the flavor and texture is far inferior. 



Place cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside.  Place 1 cup powdered sugar, and 8 candy canes in a food processor.  Pulse several times to break up candy canes and then process until smooth.  You’ll have very tiny bits of candy cane still visible.

Place remaining 8 candy canes in a ziplock bag and use a heavy rolling pin, or meat mallet,  to crush them into little bits.  Set aside.

 Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with peanut butter and butter.  Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.  Stir in extract (or oil) and immediately pour over chex mix.  Quickly pour in the crushed candy canes from the ziplock bag over the chocolate and then stir to coat the cereal.  The chocolate mixture might be slightly thick, but keep stirring and it will coat everything.

Once the cereal mixture is coated with chocolate, dump in the powdered sugar mix and stir until everything is dusted in white.

Eat out of the bowl, or package up for sharing!



Allergy Warning:  I think it’s a good reminder, since many of you will be giving this for gifts and sharing at holiday parties, to keep in mind that snacks like this, that don’t *appear* to contain peanut butter, can be especially dangerous for those with nut allergies.  Be courteous, and if you are gifting to someone, or are sharing at a party, include a note clearly labeling that it contains peanut butter.

Recipe Change: If you’ve been around a while, this recipe used to call for Hershey’s Mint Chocolate Chips. Since that product is not readily available anymore, I’ve adjusted the instructions to just call for regular chocolate chips plus extract.  Feel free to adjust extract amount according to your tastes!

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