My name is Elle, and I have a confession to make…
I love Chex Mix! Doesn’t even have to be homemade--just toss a store bought bag at me and I’ll go to town. And to make it even better? I toss some peanuts and chocolate chips into the mix. Because yeeeeah--that hits the spot! Sweet? Salty? Crunchy? Got it all covered--in one bag.
While at the store the other day, I saw a box of Chex Mix Bars and thought…”Well, geez, I can do that.” So I bought the stuff to make them and headed home. I knew, without question, that my add-ins had to be included. So far? We have Chex Mix (Traditional flavor!), peanuts--lightly salted, and chocolate. To hold them together? Marshmallows, all melty and gooood.
Don’t leave anything out of the Chex Mix when you make these! Those little crunchy toasts? The ones coated in salty goodness? Leave them in--just break them up a bit. So easy, too. I just followed the recipe for Rice Krispies Treats, using Chex Mix and peanuts instead of Rice Krispies.
Chex Mix Bars
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
OR 4 cups miniature marshmallows (I used these)
5 cups Traditional Chex Mix
1 cup lightly salted peanuts
about 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (save these for later when the bars are cooled and cut)
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
Add Chex Mix and Peanuts.
Stir until well coated.
Press mixture into lightly greased 11x7 pan, set aside to cool. (To make this easy, spray your hands with a bit of cooking spray.)
When cool, remove from pan and cut into squares.
Melt chocolate chips and pour into small zip top bag, snip off a tiny bit at the corner.
Drizzle chocolate over the bars, and set them aside for the chocolate to set up.
(I drizzled the chocolate on the bars over parchment, for easy clean up.)
How do they taste? So good! There’s crunchy from the Chex Mix and peanuts, a bit of gooey from the marshmallows, some salty goodness, and some sweet in there, too. I think it’s the perfect snack bar. It’s got it all.