Carmel Chex Mix

If you make this you may have to do like I do and put it in a ziploc bag on top of your fridge behind a large plant. That is the only way I can stop myself from eating it. It’s terribly addicting… terribly. Oh, and terribly delicious… terribly πŸ˜‰ Oh, and super easy so what are you waiting for!

Grab a large bowl and drop in 8 cups of rice or corn chex or a combo if you like. You can also add nuts to this too if you’re into that.

Grab a medium sized microwaveable bowl and add in a cup of brown sugar.

and a 1/4 tsp salt…

1/4 cup light corn syrup. Not a huge fan of this but I probably consume my yearly allowance all in the month of December and I’ve come to accept that πŸ™‚

and a stick of butter. When in doubt a stick of butter is good in just about any recipe πŸ™‚ You’re going to heat this in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes for the first time.

While you are doing that grab a large brown paper grocery sack, some vanilla, and 1/4 tsp baking soda. You’ll want this handy for when the rest of the sauce is ready.

After the first round it will look some thing like this. Give it a stir and pop it back into the microwave for another 2 1/2 minutes. If you don’t use a big enough bowl this will boil over so many check on it every 30 seconds or so. This stuff is a mess to clean out of the microwave… trust me πŸ™‚

After the second round in the microwave it will look like this all hot and bubbly.

Pour in 1/4 tsp vanilla and drop in your baking soda.

The baking soda will cause a reaction like this and it will get all foamy, that’s normal.

Pour this over your cereal and stir until it is all well coated. Some people put the cereal in the bag and dump the sauce in and just shake it but I like to micromanage the distribution of carmel goo to chex piece ratio and be sure they are equally coated πŸ˜‰

Next you will dump it all into your large paper bag. Trader Joe’s plug πŸ™‚ Fold the top down a couple times to close it and pop this into the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and shake well then return to the microwave for another 1 1/2 minutes. I like to be sure I lay the bag on the side it wasn’t laying on the first time in the microwave so you don’t have hot spots and burnt pieces.

Your bag will look something like this… grab a baking sheet.

A little tip… use kitchen scissors to cut the bag down as close to the cereal as you can. This makes for more efficient removal from the bag.

Simply dump onto baking sheet and allow to cool… if you are able too… I give it about 10 seconds before the sampling starts… and it never really stops until it is all gone. This is a great party snack and can be made in a hurry at the last minute, which is also good if you completely devour the first batch and have to quickly make another πŸ˜‰

Carmel Chex Mix
8 cups corn or rice chex or a combo
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 stick butter
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
1-2 cups nuts (optional)

Measure cereal out into large bowl. Grab large brown paper bag. In a medium to large microwaveable bowl dump brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, and butter. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes. Prepare vanilla and baking soda. Remove mix from microwave and stir. Return to microwave for additional 2 1/2 minutes, watching for boiling over. Remove from microwave and stir, adding vanilla and baking soda. Pour over cereal and stir to coat evenly. Dump into paper bag, fold down top to close. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, remove and shake bag well. Return bag to microwave for another 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and cut sides of bag down to cereal. Dump onto baking sheet to cool.

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6 Responses to Carmel Chex Mix

  1. stacey says:

    you know… I’ll be at my desk most of the day today…….. πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica says:

    My dad refers to this as ‘crack’ because he, also, cannot stop eating it. We use Crispix instead of the Chex and dry-roasted peanuts. I think we use a whole box (12 oz) of Crispix and maybe a whole jar of peanuts. So, so, SOOO good.
    I agree with you – once I pop, I can’t stop.

  3. YES, it is holiday crack!

  4. Melissa says:

    Can I use dark corn syrup?

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