Patriotic Sweet & Salty Chex Mix

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We’re back in Nebraska enjoying time with friends and family. Tomorrow we’ll be at a family reunion and I wanted to make something a little fun and festive to share– some sort of patriotic fun food, of course! I needed something easy to make and that could potentially sit outside for a while ok. Then an idea struck! With the popularity of the “Christmas Crack” (a sweet & salty white chocolate chex mix), I thought it would be fun to make some “4th of July Crack”! It turned out great and we have a big ‘ole bowl of patriotic, “red, white, and blue”, sweet & salty Chex mix.

Patriotic Sweet & Salty Chex MixSUPER yum! It’s got just the right amount of sweet and salty, with fun patriotic colors! I even made this version gluten free!! And it came out great! You can whip this up quickly and easily for any 4th of July festivities you have going on!

Patriotic Sweet & Salty Chex Mix — aka “4th of July Crack”


  • 1 12oz box of Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 4 cups mixed nuts (chopped)
  • 1 to 2 lbs. vanilla almond/candy bark (or white chocolate)
  • 1/2 package of red candy melts
  • 1/2 package of blue candy melts

Almond BarkCandy Melts


  1. In a large bowl, com­bine all dry ingredients. Chex mix
  2. Melt the vanilla almond bark. I always just use the microwave, but you can get a smoother melt by going with the fancier dou­ble boiler method! Pour melted “white chocolate” over the dry ingre­di­ents and com­bine. You want every­thing to be coated–how well coated is totally up to your dis­cre­tion. I’m not a fan of being too sweet, so I tend to use a lit­tle less. If it’s not coated to your lik­ing, then just melt some more and add it in. Sweet chex mix
  3. Pour mix­ture on to a large cookie sheets lined with wax paper. For the amount I made, I used 3 different sheets. Allow to dry. While it’s drying, repeat step 2 with the red and blue candy melts. I did about half the mixture with red and half with blue to keep it a little separated.  Red, White, & Blue Chex Mix
  4. Once it’s all dry, you can mix it back together in a large bowl or cute serving dishes!  4th of July Chex Mix

 Then, watch it disappear! It’s amazing how great the combination of sweet & salty is! Seriously, sooo good!! Fourth of July Party FoodENJOY! Have a Happy 4th!

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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