One of the nice things about fall is pumpkin spice and mums. I got both of these as gifts in one week. I’ll focus on the pumpkin spice related gift here. My little sister is a wonderful baker and she often finds fun and unique recipes to make. She is also very kind to “share the calories” with her big sister. She sent a bag of this awesome Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix over to me and I fell in love with it. It’s easy, it tastes amazing and, oh my, it SMELLS SO GOOD! The recipe came from The Novice Chef Blog.


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons pumpkin pie 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.) autumn/harvest candy mix or plain candy corn


In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.

In an extra large bowl, toss together both boxes of Chex cereal and the pretzels. Pour the butter mixture over the cereal and toss to distribute.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide mixture on the two baking sheets and spread out to even layers. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on wax paper to cool.

Add candy and toss to combine. Store in an airtight container.

The best thing about this type of recipe is the ability you have to make it your own. I think it would be terrific with the addition of roasted peanuts, or Reese’s Pieces. Maybe add some pecans or some dried apple. So many options and they’re all SOOOOOOOOO good!


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