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All About the Apple Pie Chex Mix Recipe

I'm All About the Apple Pie Chex Mix

Despite the reminder at the start of the week, I still forgot that I wanted to bake for the school fall festival. As I scanned pinterest for easy ideas, in the early morning hours the day of, I came across a whole lot a of candy corn inspired treats including a Chex mix one. 

I hate candy corn but love check mix. I really think Chex is the best cereal. I've never actually had a bowl for breakfast but I do love a good Chex mix (here and here). 

Vanilla Chex, Cinnamon Chex, freeze dried apples, and more cinnamon
Vanilla Chex, Cinnamon Chex, freeze dried apples, and more cinnamon

I switched to look for recipes on the Chex site and knew I had to make something with apples and now they have Apple Cinnamon Chex! Everyone is making pumpkin and candy corn, I'm going to do apple!

However, I could not find the Apple Cinnamon Chex at the grocery store but they did have a vanilla flavor so that made up for not having the flavor I wanted.

Applesauce, brown sugar, and butter
Applesauce, brown sugar, and butter

Finding the freeze dried apples posed another challenge because I was shopping in a different Giant Eagle then I usually do. 

It's funny how you get use to one store and you go to another and it seems overwhelming. The one I like is smaller and everyone is so friendly and they know our names! I don't like going to another store. A helpful employee offered assistance but was actually no help at all. He could not tell me where the apples were located. And, he did not know our names. 
Wet and dry ingredients mixed before microwaving
Wet and dry ingredients mixed before microwaving

I got the cereal, brown sugar, apples and headed home wondering if this would work. Since the plan was to use the apple flavored Chex I forgot to grab apple concentrate when I could not find the cereal, hooray for applesauce. The recipe is a combination of several recipes and the next time I make it I'm going to drizzle melted vanilla chocolate over it while it is drying. It'd be like apple pie à la mode.

Since this was a last minute treat I did not make labels for my awesome apple pie treats. I should have because putting them in Halloween themed bags made it hard to tell what was in it. I did have a few moms I know tell me that they liked it and likened the goody to being addictive, like crack. 

I'm finishing off my second handful writing this, no way I was giving it all to the bake sale.

I'm All About the Apple Pie Chex Mix



1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 stick of butter
2 tablespoons vanilla
2 tablespoons cinnamon
3/4 to 1 cup freeze dried apples (or one bag of sun-maid apples)
1 box Cinnamon Chex® cereal (or Apple Cinnamon if you can find it)
1 box Vanilla Chex® cereal


  1. Combine brown sugar, applesauce, vanilla, and butter then microwave for 4 mins, stirring after 2 mins. 
  2. Coarsely chop freeze dried apples. (they're expensive - chop them up!)
  3. In a large microwavable bowl, mix 1/2 a box of the cereals and 1/2 the apples.
  4. Pour 1/2 the butter mixture over cereal mixture and mix gently.
  5. Microwave uncovered on High 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown, stirring every few minutes.
  6. Spread on wax paper to cool.
  7. Repeat steps 3. and 4. with the rest of the cereal (unless you can fit all the cereal in your biggest bowl that fits in your microwave)

I may have made this listening to the latest pop song w-a-y too much but it is so cute when RD starts singing it!

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