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Golden Syrup Chex Mix & Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddies

I’ve got two very simple and super tasty holiday treats for you! First up is Golden Syrup Chex Mix and then, for the chocolate lovers, Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddies.

You can whip these up in just a few minutes and are perfect for holiday office parties, watching cheesy holiday movies on Netflix or for snacking on Christmas Day. 

Both mixes use the same “chex” cereal so you can easily make both recipes with just one box of cereal. I made both mixes in about 30 minutes. 

What You Need to Make Golden Syrup Chex Mix

You’ll also need a medium size saucepan, a large mixing bowl, and spatula. 

What You Need for the Speculass Spice Muddy Buddies 

You’ll also need a medium saucepan, a glass bowl that fits in the saucepan (to melt the chocolate so you can also use a double boiler or a microwave), a large mixing bowl, wooden spoon or spatula, and a gallon-size ziplock bag. 

Can You Make These Chex Mixes in the Microwave?

My microwave broke a few years ago and when I realized that I didn’t miss it at all, we never replaced it! So I use my stove and oven for this recipe. You can absolutely use the microwave, though. 

What Kind of Chex Cereal Do You Use? 

I picked up a box of “chex” cereal at Aldi. You can use whatever brand you’d like. I used rice chex but corn chex works, too. Cinnamon flavored chex would be lovely, too. 

How to Make Golden Syrup Chex Mix 

Golden Syrup Chex Mix

Golden Syrup Chex Mix

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 cups rice or corn chex mix
  • 1 cup small pretzels
  • ½ cup pecans, roasted and salted
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup golden syrup
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup white baking chips
  • ¼ tsp salt


    1. Place cereal, pretzels, pecans, and baking chips in a large mixing
    2. Melt butter, golden syrup, and brown sugar in a saucepan. Stir until dissolved. Take off heat and add vanilla and salt.
    3. Pour over cereal and mix well with a rubber spatula (mix carefully so you don’t crush the cereal).
    4. Place cereal on a lined baking sheet and bake at 350F for about 5 minutes. Let cool. You may need to break up the pieces a bit before serving.

How to Make Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddy Mix

Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddies

Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddies

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 cups rice or corn chex cereal
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp speculass spice mix
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


    1. Place cereal and pecans in a mixing bowl.
    2. Melt chocolate chips, butter, and oil in microwave or in a double boiler.
    3. Take off heat, add vanilla, and pour over cereal. Use a spatula and mix well (but carefully so you don't crush the cereal).
    4. Place cereal in a 1 gallon ziplock bag with the powdered sugar and speculaas spice mix and shake well.

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