Buddy the Elf's Chex Mix for Christmas

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Buddy's Chex Mix for Christmas features almost all of the elf food groups! Kids will love helping to bake this maple syrup-coated, candy topped treat. We received the ingredients and recipe from the Chex team at General Mills to sample, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

A red polka dot container has Christmas Chex Mix with red and green sprinkles over the top.

Family movie night during the holiday season is my very favorite way to celebrate. We start streaming the Christmas movies the night before Thanksgiving and they don't stop till New Year's!

The kids both LOVE Elf. Who can blame them? Buddy's antics are such a cheery way to get in the mood for Christmas. When we watched the movie after Thanksgiving dinner this year, it was too fun hearing the kids shout out their favorite quotes as the movie played.

We are all officially going to be answering the phone, "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?!" for the rest of the month.

To honor our good friend Buddy, I thought this Elf-inspired Chex Mix was the funniest thing this side of the North Pole.

It features almost all of the elf food groups: candy, candy cane-colored M&Ms, and syrup.

We left the candy corn out this time, but if you wanted to be truly authentic, feel free to toss it in, too!

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Why This is the Best Recipe

As the author of The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book, I know a thing or two about baking holiday recipes with kids.

I think this is the best Christmas Chex Mix recipe because:

  1. Inspired by Elf, the Movie: Our family's very favorite Christmas movie is Will Ferrell's Elf. This Chex Mix would make Buddy so proud.
  2. Over the Top Delicious: There are so many flavors happening in this wild Chex mix, your kids are going to be giddy as they mix it up.
  3. Festive and Pretty: The drizzled chocolate topping and colorful sprinkles make a pretty presentation in candy dishes and snack bowls for the holiday.


The Christmas chex mix is in the process of being prepped on two large baking sheets.

This festive Christmas Chex Mix recipe does require a few ingredients but it is so worth it:

  • Corn Chex
  • Cinnamon Chex
  • Nila Wafer Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Almonds
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • M&M Candies
  • Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Red and Green Sprinkles

How to Make Buddy's Chex Mix for Christmas

This is a no-bake Chex Mix that is super easy for the kids to help make.

It has a few more steps than a standard Chex Mix might, but it is totally worth it for the presentation.

I've streamlined it a little bit from the original version the Chex team sent me to help make it go even faster.

Coat Corn Chex in Maple Syrup and Butter

This is honestly my very favorite part of the entire snack mix. I want to play around with this base for more recipes next year, but for now it is the heart of Buddy's Mix.

You microwave Corn Chex with maple syrup and butter for a few minutes, tossing to coat.

The Peanut was worried she wouldn't like the maple part, but she was pleasantly surprised to find it tastes like the best kind of crunchy pancakes ever.

The chex mix has drizzled white chocolate over the top.

Drizzle White Chocolate Over the Chex Mix

Spread out pretzels and Nila wafer cookies into a single layer.

Then you microwave a little white chocolate and drizzle it over everything.

You need the white chocolate to help make the red and green sprinkles stick!

The chex mix has drizzled milk chocolate over the top.

Drizzle with Milk Chocolate

You combine the Chex cereal with almonds, pretzels and cookies, top with marshmallows and M&M candies, and then add the finishing touch.

Melt a little bit more of regular semi-sweet chocolate to drizzle over the top.

You could easily skip the chocolate topping at the end, but our girls loved seeing a mix of both chocolates scattered throughout the servings of Christmas Chex Mix.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many occasions for you to enjoy this sweet Chex mix during the holiday season! Here are some of our favorite ideas:

A young girl in Christmas pajamas reaches for a bite of the Christmas chex mix in a red serving container.
  • Movie night: You can snack on the mix during Christmas movie night. Play our favorite Christmas movie Bingo game and use your M&M candies for Bingo placeholders! Get your free Hallmark Christmas Movie Bingo card here.
  • Snack in the car while watching Christmas lights: Pack to-go bags and let the kids nibble while you do a light drive. Listen to our favorite festive Christmas music while you go.
  • Reading break: Snuggle up with some of our favorite Christmas books for YOU or enjoy a family reading session with these Christmas read aloud books. Entice them all to the living room with the Chex mix to nibble on while you read.
  • Christmas Eve Treat: You could make this the day before Christmas to enjoy on Christmas eve or to set in candy bowls on Christmas day.

More Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

We love to bake together during the holidays. Here are some of our favorites Christmas treats to bake with kids:

More Holiday Chex Mix Recipes

Chex Mix and popcorn mixes like moose munch make such a great party snack to serve during the holiday season. Whether you want sweet or salty, I've got you covered:

๐Ÿ“– Recipe

A red polka dot container has Christmas Chex Mix with red and green sprinkles over the top.

Buddy's Chex Mix for Christmas

4.94 from 49 votes
This delicious Chex Mix for Christmas is Buddy the Elf's very favorite! Maple-syrup coated Chex is tossed with marshmallows, candies, and almonds for a treat any elf will love.
TOTAL TIME 45 minutes
PREP TIME 40 minutes
COOK TIME 5 minutes
YIELD 12 cups snack mix


  • 4 cups Corn Chex
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1.5 cups Nila wafer cookies
  • 1.5 cups pretzels
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • Red & green sprinkles
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup M&M candies
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Set out two large cookie sheets and line them with wax paper.
  • Place the Corn Chex into a large microwave-safe mixing bowl. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the maple syrup. Pour over the Chex cereal and stir to coat. Heat the cereal on high for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring after every 1-minute mark to completely coat the cereal. (Watch so it doesn't burn! Our microwave only needed 3 minutes.) Spread the cereal in an even layer on one of the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Spread the pretzels and Nila wafer cookies in a single layer on the second cookie sheet.
  • Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and then stir. Heat for an additional 15 seconds and stir vigorously to completely melt. Transfer the melted chocolate to a zip-top plastic baggie. Snip a tiny corner off the bag and pipe half of the chocolate into a pretty drizzle all over the pretzels and cookies and the other half over the cereal. Sprinkle immediately with the sprinkles. Let cool, about 20 min.
  • Stir together the Corn Chex with the Cinnamon Chex and almonds and place in a pretty container. Gently break up the pretzels and cookies and scatter over the top of the cereal mix. Top with the marshmallows and M&M candies
  • Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and then heat for an additional 15 seconds. Repeat until just melted. Transfer to a plastic baggie, snip the corner, and pipe over the top of the Chex mix. Let cool and harden completely before serving, about 20 min.
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Buddy's Mix: Maple Chex Mix for Christmas that elves LOVE!
Buddy's Mix: Festive Christmas Chex Mix for Little Elves. Maple-coated Chex cereal is topped with white chooclate drizzled pretzles, marshmallows, red & green candies, Nila wafers, and a finished with a chocolate drizzle over the top.

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