Panettone is a classic Italian bread that’s popular around Christmas. This homemade Chex Mix is inspired by this bread; there are hints of sweet orange and lemon zest, chocolate and dried fruit. Sponsored by Chex Cereal, this recipe for panettone chex mix takes those flavors and uses them for the most delicious recipe for entertaining.
There are a lot of Italian influences throughout South America. In Peru, Italian influences are alive and well and show themselves in various foods and traditions. One is the presence of Panettones around Christmas time.
Every year there would be boxes and boxes of Panettone that people would bring over during the holidays. I never knew that it was due to the Italian immigrants who migrated to Lima. It makes sense but I had never connected the two! Lol. Needless to say, it was my favorite thing to eat.
What Is Panettone?
Panettone is a sweet and yeast-leavened bread from Italy. It’s typically studded with dried fruit, bits of chocolate, candied orange peel or lemon. It has a really eggy, sweet vanilla flavor to it that is super delicious.
How to Make Panettone Chex Mix
- Prep a baking sheet with parchment. And add the Chocolate Chex to a large bowl.
- We’re going to create a double-boiler next. I like doing this by filling up a saucepan with a few inches of water. And then placing a glass or stainless steel bowl atop. Add the white chocolate melting wafers and neutral oil (I used avocado oil).
- When it’s melted, stir it until smooth and then mix in the vanilla bean seeds, lemon zest, orange zest and kosher salt
- Pour it on top of the Rice Chex and give it a mix until all of them are evenly coated. Add the dried fruit and mini chocolate chips and give it a final mix.
Transfer the Rice Chex to the prepared baking sheet and allow it to set for 10 minutes.
Tips and Tricks
This recipe moves quickly. It’s super easy but I find that you really have to do it all in one fell swoop for optimum deliciousness. Be sure to prep all of your ingredients.
Chocolate Chex – I used the Chocolate Chex to give this mix a chocolate component. But I bet Rice Chex, Cinnamon or Whole Wheat would be delicious, too.
If you make this Panettone Chex Mix, let me know on Instagram!
Looking for more holiday recipes? Here a few that I love:
- Arroz con Leche Muddy Buddies
- Iced Oatmeal Cookies
- A Cozy Gingerbread House
- Acorn Squash Soup
- Mocha Morning Rolls
- Cranberry Cake
Panettone Chex Mix
- 5 cups Chocolate Chex
- 1 cup white chocolate melting wafers
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or other neutral oil)
- 1 vanilla bean (seeds scraped)
- Zest from 1 orange (about 2 teaspoons)
- Zest from 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit of choice)
- Place a sheet of parchment onto a baking sheet and set aside. Add the Chocolate Chex to a large bowl and set it aside.
- In a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water, with a glass or stainless steel bowl nestled atop, set over medium-low heat, add the white chocolate melting wafers and oil. Allow the chocolate to melt slowly and then stir it with a silicon spatula until smooth. Remove it from the heat and then add the vanilla bean seeds, zest from the orange, lemon and kosher salt; stir it until combined.
- Pour the melted white chocolate mixture atop the Chocolate Chex, along with the dried cranberries. Give it a good mix until evenly coated and then immediately transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Allow to dry and set for 30 minutes.
- This recipe moves quickly. It’s super easy but I find that you really have to do it all in one fell swoop for optimum deliciousness. Be sure to prep all of your ingredients.
- Chocolate Chex – I used the Chocolate Chex to give this mix a chocolate component. But I bet Rice Chex, Cinnamon or Whole Wheat would be delicious, too.