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Valentine Snack Mix

This sweet ‘n’ salty Valentine Snack Mix is the perfect treat to share this year! Salty crackers and sweet holiday candies are covered in a delightful brown sugar glaze. Bag up scoops of this fun snack for edible Valentines, or serve it at your class parties, and at Galentine’s Day, too!

Whether you’re the room mom for the class party or are just looking for a fun treat for Valentine’s Day, this festive snack mix is the perfect solution! It’s colorful, easy to customize, and it’s quick and easy to make.


What’s your favorite Valentine’s candy? My guilty pleasure is the big conversation hearts for a quick sugar rush. But don’t get me started on all the delicious chocolate lining the aisles of grocery stores! It’s the best part of Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Snack Mix is a fun mix of chocolate and sugar candies, and the crackers help balance the sweetness. I think your kids (and you!) are going to love this sweet treat!

Valentine Snack Mix Ingredients

Feel free to substitute your favorite candies and snacks in this recipe. Here’s what I used:

3 cups Chex cereal, any flavor ( I prefer Rice Chex or Corn Chex)

2 cups oyster soup crackers

2 cups square pretzels (or mini pretzels work well too)

½ cup butter, melted

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup candy conversation hearts

7 ounces Nerds Valentine Gummy Clusters

4.25 ounces Hot Tamale cinnamon candies

½ cup M&Ms milk chocolate candies, “Cupid blend”

2.8 ounces Jelly Belly  Sour Pucker Lips

How to make Valentine Snack Mix

This easy recipe comes together in just over 30 minutes. Just mix, pour, and bake!

First, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the Chex cereal, oyster crackers, and pretzels.

Next, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat, or in a microwave at 50% power. Combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix until combined, leaving it just runny enough so that you can pour it over the cereal mixture.

Pour the brown sugar mixture over the cereal mix, stirring completely with a rubber spatula until fully coated.

Spread the snack mix into an even layer as you can on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake it in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through the baking time.

Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely. If you add the candy too soon, it will begin to melt, especially the M&Ms!

Transfer the salty treat to a clean large bowl and add the candies. Mix well and serve! Note: because of the weight of the candy, it tends to sink to the bottom, so make sure you mix it up well before serving, or top each serving with additional candy.

Each serving of this festive Valentine’s Day snack mix is about 1 cup. You’ll find the complete list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below!

More Mix-in Ideas

White chocolate chips

Mini marshmallows


Jelly Beans

Circus Animal cookies

Other favorite cereals (Golden Grahams work really well!)

Pretzel Sticks

Do I have to bake Valentine Snack Mix before serving it?

Baking the Valentine’s Day Chex Mix gives the treat a proper coating and a solid consistency. If you skip this step you’ll be left with soggy cereal!

How to Store Leftover Valentine Snack Mix

Store this sweet snack mix in an airtight container at room temperature. It will be good for 4-5 days.

Make Edible Valentines

This fun Valentine’s mix makes an excellent edible Valentine’s Day gift! Grab clear or Valentine’s Day-themed cellophane bags, some coordinating ribbons, and gift tags. Fill each bag with a scoop or two of this easy party treat, tie it with a ribbon, and add the tag. Voila- a sweet edible gift!

Make a whole batch of these for your kids to give as Valentines this year, or set out a serving bowl filled with gift bags at a party.

Holiday Snack Mix Recipes

When it’s time for Halloween, you’ve got to try this spooky Halloween Snack Mix made with all sorts of sweet and salty goodies. Throw in some candy eyeballs to make this delicious snack mix extra fun!

This sweet and savory Christmas Snack Mix is perfect for the holidays! It’s filled with salty pretzels and crunchy candy, then covered in melted white chocolate. It’s easy to make, and there’s no baking required!

Make this Cookie Butter Snack Mix any time of the year! Sweet & Salty Chex Mix is tossed in cookie butter with a combination of Nature Valley Soft-Baked Granola Bites, Annie’s® Bunny Fruit Snacks, raisins, and dried cranberries. It’s a snack you’ll feel good about giving to your kids as an after-school snack.

Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for that dreamy dessert to make for your love this holiday, then try one of these recipes:

M&M Valentine Blondies

JELL-O Valentine Hearts

Strawberry Poke Cake

Molten Lava Cakes

Heart Meringues with Berries and Cream

Strawberry Cream Cheese Hand Pies

Easy Chocolate Fondue

Red Velvet Cherry Dream Bars

Strawberry Nutella Crepes

Which one will you be making for Valentine’s Day?



Keep an eye out for more of my easy recipes each week!


Valentine Snack Mix

Share this sweet ‘n’ salty Valentine Snack Mix with your sweetheart! Salty snacks and sweet holiday candies covered in a delightful brown sugar glaze are perfect for class parties or Galentine’s Day.
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword Valentine Snack Mix
Prep Time 15 minutes minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes minutes
Total Time 45 minutes minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 768kcal
Author Lynne Feifer


3 cups Chex cereal can use a combination or one flavor2 cups oyster or soup crackers2 cups pretzels squares½ cup butter melted½ cup packed brown sugar1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract½ cup candy conversation hearts7 ounces Nerds Valentine Gummy Clusters4.25 ounces Hot Tamale cinnamon candies½ cup milk chocolate M&M’s Cupid’s blend2.8 ounces Jelly Belly Sour Pucker Lips


Preheat oven to 250°F, and prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment.
In a large bowl, mix together the cereal, oyster crackers, and pretzels.
Put the melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla together in a small bowl. Mix until combined leaving it just a bit runny so that you can easily pour it over the cereal mixture.
Pour the sugar mixture slowly over the cereal mixture while stirring to completely coat.
Spread evenly onto the prepared cookie sheet, and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool completely after removing from the oven.
Pour into an extra large bowl, and add the candies. Mix well and serve. Most of the candy will sink to the bottom because of the weight, so you may want to reserve some to put on when serving.


Feel free to substitute your favorite candy to make it your own.
Nutritional information has been calculated for a 1-cup serving.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 768kcal | Carbohydrates: 145g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 832mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 10mg

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