Sweet & Salty Snack Mix Recipe

Okay Tailgating fans, as I mentioned last week I’ve teamed up with Homes.com to produce a series of articles & recipes that will help make tailgating on the road or “home-gating” more fun. This week I’m talking about everyone’s favorite – dessert! I have a yummy Sweet Trail mix recipe to share with you here, but visit my post on Homes.com for two more of my tried & true dessert bar recipes.

This snack mix is one of those things you can just keep grabbing and munching on all day long. It combines sweet and salty {the perfect combination} and stores perfectly in a large mason jar that looks great on your table too. It all starts with a base recipe from my kids preschool several years ago.

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix

  • 2 cups semi-sweet {or dark chocolate} chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups hexagon cereal {Crispix}
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Sea Salt
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted
  • 1/4 cup m & m’s

Using the double boiler method with a large bowl, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together over low heat. Stir often to combine.

Gently fold in cereal and coat well.

Place powdered sugar in a 2 gallon zip lock back, and add cereal mixture. Let out the air from the bag and zip closed. Massage and toss bag until cereal is well covered with sugar.

Transfer mixture to a sheet pan and spread out. Sprinkle a light amount of sea salt all over. I like to use the sea salt grinders available from the store.

Place mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to help set up. Place into a storage container and add peanuts and m&m’s, and combine.


Give this a try for your next dessert or snack table, and in the meantime, get my lemon bar recipe and chocolate-marshmallow nut bar recipe here.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. This looks so yummy right now! You should link this up to my Link Party today!!!


  2. This looks so yummy right now! Great !

  3. This sounds perfect for a tailgate, going to try and make it next weekend.

  4. Yum! Not only does this look good, it looks like a fun recipe to serve up in paper bags!

  5. These would be such a good gift idea too! I love how you put them in a mason jar. So cute!


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