Carmel Crispix Mix

Crispix Mix needs to come with a warning label. You’ll keep eating it even if you aren’t hungry. Crunch factor is off the charts. Its like caramel corn meets crack cocaine. Kidding. I don’t like to name my holiday snacks after street drugs, “Here kids have some Christmas Crack.” No thanks. White Trash is mildly offensive, Puppy Chow? Now that’s just gross. Who wants to eat something named after dog food. Gag me with a spoon.

I was introduced to this concoction years ago when I was in MOPS, a group for moms of preschoolers, that preschooler is 14. I know a few of my friends still make it every holiday right along with me. 10+ years later its still that good. Feel free to adapt add nuts, mnm’s call it your own. The most important part here is that A) you have enough liquefied sugar to coat the cereal well and B) you get the sugar hot enough to reach “cracking” stage without scorching (I have scorched a batch or two).

Let’s begin because this is very labor intensive.

What you’ll need:

One box of Crispix cereal (note to self stock up in November, by mid-December the only place you’ll find this cereal is on eBay <– and you thought I was kidding), Karo syrup, a stick of butter, vanilla, salt, baking soda, a microwave and a brown paper grocery bag. Yes, a brown paper grocery bag, like the one’s a Trader Joe’s.

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    Caramel Crispix Mix
  • Deliciously addictive crispy caramelly snack mix made with Crispix cereal.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8 Cups 10 minutes 5 minutes


  • 1 12 oz box Crispix Cereal (or Rice & Corn Chex)
  • 1/2 Cup Butter plus 2 TBL.
  • 3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Karo Syrup
  • 1 TBL Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Paper Bag Grocery Size
Servings: Cups


  1. Dump box of cereal into large paper bag set aside.
  2. Place sugar, butter and Karo syrup in microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 3 minutes (you may need to adjust depending on your microwave
  3. After heating stir and heat for 3 more minutes (watch for scorching)
  4. Remove from microwave and immediately add vanilla, salt and baking soda.
  5. BE CAREFUL vanilla will bubble and might splatter. Soda will cause it to POOF, keep stirring until combined. Pour hot sugar carefully into bag with cereal, fold over to close and shake it!
  6. Return the bag to microwave and heat on high for 2 more minutes.
  7. Carefully remove and pour mixture onto rimmed baking pan. Let cool. Break into pieces and try not to eat the entire pan!



    • I updated the recipe – want enough caramel goodness, maybe the cereal box oz. changed over the years?? how did your come out?

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