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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  1. says

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

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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 :)

    • says

      Thanks, girl! Paydays are totally underrated – I love the salty and sweet!

  4. says

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

    • says

      I’ll have to check out that recipe! And you’re right – it’s totally addictive! Thanks, Averie!

    • says

      Thanks, Nicole! Gotta love a fast, easy snack, right?

  5. 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’

    • says

      I’m so happy to have you here, Victoria! I hope you all enjoy this!

  6. Lynn Stumpf- Huntley says

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

  7. susanna says

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

    • 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!

  8. says

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

  9. says

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

  10. says

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

  11. 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!

  12. Danielle Gardner says

    Definitely meant football party!!! Lol

  13. 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?

    • says

      They do stay slightly sticky, but they shouldn’t be messy. Maybe add a bit less milk to the caramel next time, that will help with the stickiness.

  14. Chris says

    Wish we could purchase Chex cereal here in the UK. My daughter who has coeliac disease loves them!!


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