Sweet Crunchy Caramel Snack Mix Recipe

This Sweet Caramel Snack Mix recipe is a sweet indulgence, perfect for party food! Imagine Caramel Cereal combined with nuts, pretzels, and other snack foods, topped with a sweet caramel sauce. Once it cools, Caramel Mix turns into an addictive, crunchy finger food! This is a sweet snack mix you’ll want to make time and time again!

A bowl of Cheerio caramel snack mix sits on a table top.

I was at a party once where someone served what I thought was the tastiest snack I’d ever had. I feel like that with about every new snack I try. This one was a Caramel Snack Mix and I knew within minutes of trying it that I had to make some!

And of course, any time I make something myself, that means I have to embellish the caramel snacks recipe too.

How to Make Caramel Snack Mix Recipe

This caramel trail mix is a relatively easy recipe to make. Combine the cereal and other dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir it up.

Note: I used cheerios, but you can use chex and/or crispix cereal as well.

Looking down on a large bowl full of ingredients like cereal, pretzels, nuts, and more.

Next, melt vegan butter in a saucepan. Then add brown sugar and corn syrup and continue cooking and stirring until that gets bubbly.

Then, remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine and then pour that over the cereal mixture, stirring to coat.

Spread that out onto a pan covered with parchment paper and bake in an oven set at 200F for 20 minutes, stirring half-way through baking time. Then remove it from the oven and set aside for it to cool.

Once it’s cooled, break it into pieces and enjoy!

So simple!

One bowl of caramel snack mix sits in front of another bowl.

Expert Tips

These expert tips will help you make this caramel snack mix perfect every time:

  • Be sure and have a pan prepared ahead of time with parchment paper. I love these tips from the Kitchn on using Parchment Paper.
  • Mix the cereal and other dry ingredients first so it’s ready for the caramel sauce
  • This recipe calls for vegan butter. I used Earth Balance buttery sticks.
  • Use your favorite cereals and other ingredients, like pretzels, almonds, pecans, and more (I think adding popcorn would be interesting too)
  • I like adding sprinkles for pizzaz but it’s not necessary
  • Continually stir the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup because it will heat up quickly
  • Make sure you use a large saucepan because when you add the baking soda, the mixture will “foam up” and expand
  • Do not touch the mixture once you’ve combined the caramel sauce over the cereal. Use a spatula to stir it and pour it into the prepared pan (because it’s very hot)
  • Allow the coated cereal mix to cool completely before breaking it into pieces.
  • Add chex cereal to transform this into a caramel chex mix recipe or use Crispix cereal for a caramel crispix mix!

Love Vegan Snack Food?

If you love vegan snacks recipes, be sure to check these out:

A closeup of caramel snack mix in a bowl.

I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Sweet Cheerio Snack Mix

Caramel Crunch Cheerios Snack Mix

Stop and smell the Caramel Snack Mix cooking up in your kitchen. This super easy recipe is a family favorite and plays well with guests too!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Namely Marly


  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup pretzel pieces
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup of a favorite snack food like roasted soynuts, raisins, or even popcorn
  • sprinkles optional


  • Lightly grease a cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray and set aside.
  • Place stick of margarine in a saucepan and cook on medium low until melted. Add syrup and brown sugar and cook on medium heat 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and add soda and vanilla. Add the cheerios, pretzel pieces and nuts and stir to coat evenly.
  • Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet and place in 200 degree oven for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Allow the snack mix to cool and then break into pieces by hand.

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Nutrition Facts
Caramel Crunch Cheerios Snack Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Sodium 331mg14%
Potassium 411mg12%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


This post has been updated with new photos. Here’s one of the old photos. It’s a nice clear and colorful shot, but we wanted it in a larger size for our evolving food photography standards.

A glass bowl of glazed cereal and goodies in front of a pink and red background.

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11 Responses to Sweet Crunchy Caramel Snack Mix Recipe

  1. Marly, you made me laugh out loud with that part about caring for what others think in reference to your mother-too funny! Oh, and this mix does look delicious, and I have to say that I also approve of the sprinkles. Zaniness is good:-)

  2. Now, why would anyone want to follow the recipe to a tee? Boring! 😉 I would never have thought to add sprinkles to snack mix but I love the idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Oooh that looks like one tasty snack. I’m glad you felt the need to tweak the recipe–I share that compulsion to never follow a recipe exactly as it’s written–because I’m digging your addition of crunch and color. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Smile. Ryan and I just started watching In Treatment last month. We are really enjoying it. This snack looks highly ADDICTIVE. I would have a hard time not devouring the entire batch. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I hope you are having a day of love and joy.


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