We threw together an impromptu BBQ this weekend. It was just too nice not to cook something over fire. Now, when I say cook something over fire, I really mean it. Matt cooks over a wood fire. He starts with logs and paper and kindling and the whole bit. So, it takes a while before we are ready to cook. He has to make the kindling, build a pretty little fire (sometimes he gets pretty artistic with his wood placement), start the fire, feed the fire, burn the fire down a bit to get a nice bed of coal. Finally, a few hours later we are ready for the food.
So, needless to say, the process can make us all hungry! It just so happened I had bought the cereal to make this. So, I ran inside and made a little snack for everyone while we waited for the fire master to do his thing.
Everyone LOVED it. Maybe too much. We all stood around saying how addicting it was while feeding our faces. Then when dinner was ready, we weren't quite as hungry as maybe we should have been. You live and you learn! Next time we'll make a smaller dinner ;-)
Make sure you have a large glass bowl ready for this. My 4 qt glass bowl is just barely big enough for to make a full batch. You are going to want to use glass because it is microwave safe and you don't want that super hot sugar burning into anything else!
Jenny's Smacky Delicious Mix
12 oz box of hexagon cereal
16 oz jar dry roasted peanuts or less (I used about 8 oz and that was plenty!)
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
- Combine cereal and peanuts in a large microwave-safe glass bowl, set aside
- In a large (it will bubble up!) sauce pan over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring frequently. Boil for two minutes
- Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour caramel mix over cereal and peanuts, stirring to coat
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove and stir. Repeat two more times.
- Pour onto lightly greased baking sheets or strips of waxed paper
- Cool completely then break into pieces and serve. Store in an air-tight container