Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sweet & Spicy Snack Mix

This recipe has been requested off & on for a few years now when I've made it.  I've been asked twice in the last two weeks so thought I'd go ahead & share it.  I came up with this recipe while trying to figure out something different to make for a bake sale.  It would sell out every time. 

For this recipe you will need:

3 Cups Chocolate Lucky Charms Cereal (or equivalent.  Basically you want a chocolate cereal with     marshmallows)
3 Cups Corn Pops Cereal
3 Cups Honeycomb Cereal
3 Cups Honey Teddy Grahams
3 Cups Pretzels (Can use twists, sticks, or snaps, or goldfish)
3 Cups Cheese Crackers (whole wheat goldfish, square cheese crackers)
1 Bag M & M's
1 Can Honey Roasted Peanuts
1/4 Cup + 1 Tbsp Sugar
6 Tbsp Butter
3 Tbsp Maple Syrup (use the real stuff, it's worth it)
1 & 1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Ground Red Pepper (make sure it's fresh)
1 tsp Salt (I usually use sea salt)

I don't have as many pictures of this recipe, but it's an easy one.  Ask questions if I don't explain it well enough here.

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl (through the honey roasted peanuts).  

Melt the butter in the microwave (or on the stove).  Blend/whisk in the sugar, syrup & spices. Put the sugar in to the butter first so it melts, then add the other ingredients.  Pour onto the cereal mixture & toss all over to disperse the seasonings using your gloved hands or wooden spoons.  

Spread mixture out onto at least 2 half sheet pans. I usually line mine with silicone baking mats.

Bake in a 300 F oven for 30 minutes making sure to stir the mix on the pan every 10 minutes.  Allow to cool & dig in.  Enjoy!

Here is what my last batch of the finished mix looked like when it was done.