Chocolate Covered Trail Mix Clusters

Everyone knows the best part of trail mix is the chocolate. Let’s just make the chocolate the star and coat the trail mix in chocolate.

I found that just trail mix and chocolate can be a little dense so I added some crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies) to lighten it up and add some extra crunch.

This is a perfect salty and sweet snack!

What kind of chocolate?

I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use milk chocolate or bittersweet chocolate if you prefer. In one of my tests I did half semisweet chocolate chips and half butterscotch chips. My kids loved this combination, but I found it a little too sweet. 

What kind of trail mix?

I used a standard trail mix from the store that had nuts, raisins, and candy coated chocolate. I have also used a tropical mixed fruit and nut trail mix.

Any combination of nuts or seeds, dried fruit, and chocolate works really well.

Why do you add rice cereal?

I like the crispy rice cereal because it adds texture, crunch, and lightens up the clusters.

Chocolate Covered Trail Mix Clusters

Chocolate Covered Trail Mix Clusters

Yield: 22
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

The best part of trail mix is the chocolate. These clusters are coated in chocolate and lightened up with crispy rice cereal for a perfect salty and sweet treat.


  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (See Note for Substitutions.)
  • 2 Cups Trail Mix
  • 1 Cup Crispy Rice Cereal (Rice Krispies)


    In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips on high for 2 minutes. Stir well. If all the chips are not melted you can microwave in 20 second intervals stirring well after each 20 seconds until the chocolate is all melted.
    Add the trail mix an crispy rice cereal to the melted chocolate chips.
    Stir well to coat all the trail mix and cereal.
    Using a spoon or #40 cookie scoop, scoop the mixture into 2 Tablespoon mounds on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet. (See Note)
    Let mixture set at room temperature to solidify for one hour.
    Store Chocolate Covered Trail Mix Clusters in a zip bag or air-tight container for up to two weeks.


About the Chocolate: I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can use milk chocolate or bittersweet. In one testing I did half semi-sweet chips and half butterscotch chips. My kids loved them, but I found them to be too sweet for my tastes.

Notes on shaping the clusters: I like the clusters to be about 2 Tablespoons. If you use a #40 cookie scoop, you will want to overfill the scoop a little to get the full 2 Tablespoons.

They do not have to be perfect in size or shape.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 22 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.

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Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.