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Buckeye Snack Mix

Buckeye Snack Mix is perfect if you love chocolate and peanut butter. You won’t be able to resist this. Crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet, and so much chocolate and peanut butter!

overhead shot of buckeye snack mix

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix Recipe

This sweet and salty Chex mix has all the chocolate and peanut butter flavors found in buckeye candy but with less work! Serve as a fun dessert, kid’s treat, and makes a great gift for the foodie in your life!

A buckeye the Ohio State version of that ever popular chocolate coated peanut butter snack… only Ohio State buckeye fans get way more passionate about it.

So don’t get them confused or else you risk getting tackled on the 50 yard line.

What is a buckeye?

If you have never had the snack version of a buckeye, you are totally missing out. Especially if you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter!

A Buckeye may be a person that lives in or is from Ohio, but buckeye snacks make a delicious treat from peanut butter fudge and dipped in chocolate. It gets it’s name because it looks like the nut of a buckeye tree.

The snack version buckeye is fantastic. You won’t want to share buckeye snacks with any rivals anyway. Because, let’s face it, chocolate and peanut butter is great but even better combined into a buckeye snack mix!

So how do we turn a candy into a snack mix? Read on my friends!!

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side angle of a bowl of Buckeye snack mix

Ingredients Needed

Chex cereal – I use the chocolate Chex mix cereal for this. Substitute corn Chex or rice Chex.

Cereal – The chocolate peanut butter Cheerios cereal is perfect for this recipe. Substitute regular Cheerios if needed.

Peanuts – Dry roasted peanuts or almonds.

Chips – This recipe uses a combination of peanut butter chips, mini peanut butter cups, and dark chocolate chips.

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Hoe to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix

First: Start with chocolate Chex cereal in a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate peanut butter Cheerios cereal.

Second: Mix in the peanut butter chips and dry roasted peanuts.

Third: Add the mini peanut butter cups and mix to combine. Spread onto a prepared baking sheet.

Fourth: Drizzle with melted dark chocolate. Cool completely at room temperature to let the chocolate set. Break into chunks and store.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

close up of drizzled chocolate on Buckeye Snack Mix

How long does it last?

Chocolate peanut butter Chex mix will last for 2 weeks if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

I don’t recommend refrigerating (unless it’s very hot in your house) or freezing it. The chocolate can separate and turn ashy when you thaw it.

Is it gluten free?

The Chex cereal part is but the Cheerios are not certified gluten free as they are processed in a facility that isn’t gluten free. Just be sure to check the individual ingredients to make your determination.

All the other ingredients I use in this recipe are considered gluten free but of course the snack mix is not peanut free so if you have a peanut allergy, this Buckeye snack mix is not for you.

close up of Buckeye snack mix

What if I can’t find mini peanut butter cups?

If you can’t find them, I would suggest plain chocolate chips, or small chocolate candy bar pieces.

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close up of chocolate chex mix with text "buckeye snack mix"

This chocolate peanut butter chex mix, or Buckeye snack mix, is the perfect treat for satisfying all your sweet, salty, crunchy, chocolat, and peanut butter cravings!

overhead shot of buckeye snack mix

Sweet and Salty Buckeye Snack Mix

If you love chocolate and peanut butter you won’t be able to resist this Buckeye Snack Mix. Crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet, and so much chocolate and peanut butter!
4.49 from 25 votes
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Course: Snacks to Share
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart



  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the Chex cereal, Cheerios cereal, peanut butter chips, dry roasted peanuts, and mini peanut butter cups.
  • Stir to combine
  • Spread out on a baking sheet
    into a single layer.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler.
  • Drizzle the chocolate over the Buckeye Chex mix getting chocolate on as many pieces as possible.
  • Chill for 15 minutes to set chocolate.
  • Break into pieces and store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Enjoy!



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Serving: 1g | Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 6mg

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4.49 from 25 votes (23 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Monday 20th of November 2023

This was super easy to make! I’m making it for a snack for Thanksgiving and I’m sure it will be a hit!


Saturday 4th of February 2023

This snack mix is crazy good and easy! The first time I made it I had trouble drizzling my melted chocolate chips on the mix. The next time I made it, I melted the chocolate chips, then added 1 tablespoon of refined coconut oil, and it made it so much easier to drizzle the melted chocolate chips! Thanks for a great snack!


Monday 6th of February 2023

Great note! Thanks! I will add this to the recipe notes:)

Mark Roberts

Thursday 19th of December 2019

This is delicious and easy to make. We added red M & M's to give it a more "Buckeye" feel and we're eating this on the way to the College Football Playoff NC for the Buckeyes!!!!


Thursday 19th of December 2019

Great idea!! Go Buckeyes!


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Who knew I could love a sweet Chex mix... Dang. I can't keep my hands out of it! SO ADDICTING! In a really great way its the perfect blend of salty-sweet!


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I love finger-foods for entertaining but struggle for ideas. This on will be perfect for the holidays!