Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 20 mins
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YOU GUYS. This Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix is amazing. I know you are thinking, you always say that. And it’s true, I do…because it is always good. But I seriously could not keep myself out of this chex mix. It’s so easy to make, I even made y’all a quick video. You can make it in the oven (and your house will smell better than any candle could make it smell) or in the microwave!

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix! You can make it in the oven and your house will smell amazing or quickly in the microwave!

After the first bite, I proceeded to eat a whole cookie sheet worth — literally shoveling it into my face. And then after we had embarrassingly eaten it all, I made it again. Jorge kept taking giant handfuls with him up to his office to work and eventually he took a container upstairs and claimed it as his.

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it at first. I love pumpkin spice flavored things and I love chex mix — but I am usually not a huge fan of of the candy corn. I like candy corn ok, but it is not my absolute favorite candy. However, once I had a bite with all the components in one, I was sold. Total perfection.

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix! You can make it in the oven and your house will smell amazing or quickly in the microwave!

I ended up making this Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix because I had a severe overstock of cereal in my pantry. I somehow managed to buy five boxes in cereal in one week. Each time I would come home and remember that I had already bought cereal that week. Before kids I wouldn’t understand how someone did that. These days, I’m proud to say it has only happened once.

When you make it, because you totally have to make it, you have to make sure and try it all in one big bite. My neighbor Kerri doesn’t like candy corn at all, but I forced her to try it all at once and she agreed the combo is perfect.  This is absolutely my new favorite sweet chex mix — you must make it now. Right now. 

The first time I made this, I made it in the oven and the next time I made a batch in the microwave. The oven makes your house smell absolutely amazing — better than any candle! And the microwave only takes minutes to make. Both work perfectly, it’s up to you!

Yield: 16 servings

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

Pumpkin Pie Spice Chex Mix in a silver dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin spice
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 oz) box cinnamon chex cereal
  • 1 (12 oz) box honey nut chex cereal
  • 4 cups pretzels
  • 1 (21 oz) bag autumn/harvest candy mix (or plain candy corn)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract.
  2. In an extra large bowl, toss together both chex cereal flavors and pretzels. Pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture and toss to distribute.
  3. Microwave: Microwave uncovered for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on wax paper to cool. Add harvest candy mix and toss to combine. Store in airtight container.
  4. Oven: Preheat oven to 275°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide mixture on the two baking sheets and spread in even layers. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on wax paper to cool. Add harvest candy mix and toss to combine. Store in airtight container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 193mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g


Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix! You can make it in the oven and your house will smell amazing or quickly in the microwave!

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62 Responses
  1. Martha Garcia-Wegener

    I don’t know what happened but I tried the microwave version first and it started to burn. Then I tried it in the oven, and that also burned! I don’t know if it was the pan I was using, but it did not work out for me! My house smells like burned popcorn now!

  2. DarlaS

    Really yummy — I sent batches to my far-away kids. Due to gluten issues, I used dry roasted peanuts instead of pretzels and I just don’t like candy corn so added fall colored M&Ms instead. 🙂

  3. Sarah

    This did not turn out great for me. With all the great reviews, I was really disappointed with the results . I did the microwave version and followed the recipe instructions exactly. Part of it burned and the final results lacked a lot of flavor. I am still bringing it to a party today as I don’t want to waste all those ingredients, but I won’t be making this again. I wonder what went wrong….

  4. Amanda

    For anyone wondering about a lower-fat version (I know an oxymoron, when it comes to baking), I used 1 stick of butter instead of two and it turned out really tasty! I will be making this in double batches after this, so I have some for sharing! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Gio

    I don’t know what I did wrong! It burned on me in the oven. So made a separate batch and made it in the microwave and it also burned! I noticed that it was the sugar that was burning when I dumped sugar on the mixture it made big clumps and those clumps burned.  What could I do differently? 

  6. Juliana S

    I’m going to make this for my college daughter — but I *am* going to change out the candy corn for autumn colored M&Ms. Looks easy and good!

  7. Rhonda Banks

    I have a severe nut allergy? Which Chex cereal do you suggest substituting for the honey nut Chex cereal? Corn, wheat, rice????  Really sounds and looks great!

  8. Sheila Figueroa

    Shut up! This is beyond delicious. I dont like candy corn at all. But this recipe is beyond words! My house smells great, and both my toddler twins LOVED it. I cannot stop eating it.

  9. Pat

    Have it baking right now!!  Smells wonderful!!  Instead of candy corn I am adding fall colored sixlets and m & m’s. However I will make it with candy corn for Halloween. Have a bake sale coming up for church. Think this will be a great addition to all the baked goods. 

  10. Kakki

    I made this for our volunteer fire department’s bake sale in early October put in small individual clear bags. Saved some for my daughter and husband (who don’t eat many sweets). They requested that I make it again.  Great recipe. 

      1. Lori

        This is so good. My friend renamed it ‘magical unicorn mix’ because it’s almost too good to be true!! Thanks for the recipe

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