This Malted Golden Graham Chex Mix is a tasty twist on an old holiday favorite. With malted milk powder and the addition of crunchy malt balls, this delicious party snack just became even yummier!
My grandma makes a version of this Golden Graham Chex mix during the holidays every year. When I think of Christmas at Grandma's house, this sweet treat always comes to mind. There's usually a sheet pan or two of Chex mix out in the kitchen and every time someone walks by, they grab another handful to munch on.
But while grandma's original recipe is already delicious, my brain can't help but think up new flavor twists for old recipes. It's always happening!
So when I was flipping through recipes and saw grandma's Golden Graham Chex Mix, my mind went to chocolate balls/whoppers. Yum! From there, the recipe had a little makeover, with pretzels (for that sweet + salty combo I love), malted milk powder (for more flavor), and a little more crunch.
Dare I say this Malted Golden Graham Chex Mix is even better than the original?
Why yes, I do believe it really is!
Malted Golden Graham Chex Mix
This is such a simple recipe and it whips up very quickly. The only thing that takes any real time is waiting a few minutes for the butter to melt. After that, it comes together lickety split.
Because it's so easy to make, and just one batch makes Two sheet pans full, this is an excellent choice for your potluck holiday parties. It's a definite crowd pleaser!
It's a good blend of sweet and salty, and the malt balls add an extra crunch that I really love. You can add a blend of salted mixed nuts if you want more crunch and more salt, or you can just leave it as is. It's pretty delicious.
I especially love that it stays soft and gooey. No broken teeth for the holidays (ahem).
What is Malted Milk Powder?
If you're not familiar with Malted Milk Powder, it's a combination of barley malt, wheat flour, and milk powder. It comes in powder form and is used to add a depth of flavor and creaminess to things. You can stir it into a cup of milk for a malted milkshake like flavor.
In this recipe, you add the malted milk powder into the melted butter and it adds a delicious flavor to the Chex Mix.
You can normally find it in the regular grocery store down the baking aisle, near the evaporated milk, powdered milk, and hot cocoa mixes.
Make it for Everyone!
Not only is this a great treat to bring to all the holiday parties this month, it also makes a really simple gift.
I'm packaging up a batch of this for a few neighbors this week. I just lined a cute Christmas box (trying to avoid plastic where possible) with wax paper (or parchment) and fill it up. I sprinkle on a few extra malt balls, just for fun, and voila!
Simple and Quick is they key to a good edible gift this time of year.
We're enjoying this so much, I decided to make another batch of this for our annual Christmas Eve outing to look at Christmas lights. It will be a perfect sweet treat to munch while we drive!
If you make this Malted Golden Graham Chex Mix too, be sure to leave a comment and/or rating. I love to hear from you! Happy Holidays.
- 2 cups Malt Balls (like whoppers), plus more for garnish if desired
- 1 (12 oz) box Chex cereal (rice, corn, or wheat)
- 1 (12 oz) box Golden Grahams cereal
- 2 cups large flake, unsweetened coconut
- 2 cups mini pretzels
- 3 sticks (1 ½ cups) salted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup malted milk powder
- 2 cups light corn syrup
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Coarsely chop the malt balls. I add 1 cup at a time to my mini food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times.
- In an extra large bowl, combine the cereals, coconut, pretzels, and chopped malt balls. (If you're adding nuts, put them in now too)
- In a large saucepan, melt together the butter, sugar, malted milk powder, and corn syrup, stirring often. When the butter is completely melted, raise the heat to medium high.
- Bring butter mixture to a rolling boil, then set a timer and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour over the cereal mixture. Stir gently until well combined.
- Pour mixture onto the two prepared sheet pans, spreading it out over the parchment paper. Let it cool and then enjoy. Once cooled, you can toss in a few more malt balls if desired. Store for up to a week at room temperature in an airtight container.
If you want a little more crunch, you can add 1 to 1 ½ cups of salted or unsalted mixed nuts.