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If you love when salty and sweet come together, you will love this Payday Chex Mix! This snack takes just 5 minutes and 4 ingredients to make and tastes just like the candy bar.

Payday Chex Mix - 5 MINUTES and 4 INGREDIENTS @Backforseconds  #payday #saltyandsweet #chexmix

Reasons why you need this recipe for Payday Chex Mix:

It’s an easy dessert recipe that takes about 5 minutes to make.

It’s a quick snack idea that satisfies both salty and sweet lovers.

It’s no bake, which means it’s perfect for hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven.

It tastes like a Payday candy bar.

Did I mention it takes just 5 minutes to make?

Payday Chex Mix - 5 MINUTES and 4 INGREDIENTS @Backforseconds  #payday #saltyandsweet #chexmix

I love salty and sweet treats. The only problem is they’re really addicting. You know how when you eat something salty, you then need something sweet to balance out the salt you just ate? Then after your sweet treat, you’re left wanting something with salt again? It’s a vicious cycle ;)

That doesn’t ever happen with this Payday Chex Mix. It not only covers the salt and the sweet, but it has the perfect balance of textures too! Crispy chex cereal, gooey chewy caramel, and salty crunchy peanuts.

You just can’t go wrong here, kids!

Payday Chex Mix - 5 MINUTES and 4 INGREDIENTS @Backforseconds  #payday #saltyandsweet #chexmix

Payday Chex Mix


  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 14oz caramel ((I used the Kraft caramels))
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 1/2 cup salted peanuts


Step 1
In a large bowl melt the caramels and milk in the microwave. Stir after 1 minute and again every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Add chex and peanuts to the caramel and quickly yet carefully stir until well coated. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or silicon baking mat and let it set up. Store in a closed container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
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53 Responses to “PAYDAY Chex Mix”

  1. Wendy says:

    This snack mix has something for everyone: sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy. And I love Payday candy bars. :)

  2. This is an insanely genius recipe!! I love paydays!

  3. My Dad used to eat a Payday a day when I was little. I can still remember seeing those white wrappers in his truck :) He would love this!

  4. Best. Recipe. Ever! No doubt! I am obsesssssed with PayDays and my dad is even more crazy about them. I am totally making this for him for Father’s Day! You’re brilliant, my beautiful friend :)

  5. Kathy says:

    Wow! This is right up my ally! Quick, easy and sweet and salty!

  6. I have a recipe for homemade Payday bars..but this is the ticket! Fast, easy, and so addictive I bet :)

  7. I haven’t had a payday in years! I bet this taste great!

  8. You had me at five minutes! This sweet and salty treat sounds awesome.

  9. This sounds delicious and a perfect easy snack recipe! Thanks for sharing! Found you through the chef in training link party. Come see me at New Mrs. Adventures


  10. Um you didn’t need to give me all those reasons- the pictures spoke to me! But thanks for giving me some more reasons!! This looks fantastic!

  11. Victoria B. says:

    I think we will be making this for Father’s Day. My fiancee loves Pay Days and Chex Mix. Plus it shouldn’t be to hard for a preschooler to include in the making! Thank you for sharing. Now following you on bloglovin’

  12. This looks great! I’ve pinned it. Thanks.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Um yes please! This looks awesome! I would love for you to link up your Pay Day Chex Mix at Party In Polka Dots!

    I am pinning it too!


  14. What a creative (and delicious) idea! This would be perfect to link up to my Create It Thursday’s live now!

  15. This sounds so good. I’d love it if you would bring this over to my Saturday Spotlight party to share. Hope to see you there!

    Angels Homestead

  16. Yum! I love this flavor combo! Love it! I’ve pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker.

  17. Lynn Stumpf- Huntley says:

    Ok, Now this I have got to try! Yum:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines.

  18. susanna says:

    This looks really good! One question… does it really only keep for two days? Why, does it get soggy? Thanks!

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks, Susanna! After about 2 days the Chex start to soften. It still tastes good, but the texture changes. It tastes best the first two days, in my opinion. Hope you enjoy!

  19. Jenn Renae says:

    omg yum!

  20. Sounds like a tasty snack for the weekend!

  21. Oh yum! The caramel with the peanuts sounds awesome.

  22. I love the mix of flavors and textures in this. YUM!

  23. Angie says:

    I love chex mix! And this version with peanuts and caramel is to die for! Nothing beats a payday!

  24. This chex mix has my name all over it! Yum!

  25. Okay, I’m in. Just pass the bowl this way. I ADORE caramel and think the idea of putting it in a Chex mix is awesome.

  26. Susan says:

    This looks really dangerous and probably one of those snacks that I wouldn’t be able to stop eating!

  27. Mallory says:

    Wow. This looks amazing! Perfect for Friday night movies. I am pinning this.

  28. Mmmm, caramel gets me every time!

  29. Stephanie.. oh my goodness.. hand over the bowl!!

  30. Danielle Gardner says:

    This was a huge hit at my foot party yesterday! So simple and easy to make. Had to give the recipe to several people. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely make it again!

  31. Danielle Gardner says:

    Definitely meant football party!!! Lol

  32. cindy3539 says:

    The taste was good, but mine never got “unsticky” and was a bit of a mess to eat. Is that how the recipe is supposed to be?


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