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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Quicker Easier Caramel Crispix Mix

Crunchy caramel-y goodness.  This cereal mix is perfectly delicious for snacking. It is sweet, salty and quick and easy to make too!

bowl of caramel cereal snack mix with peanuts


    If you are a fan of crunchy sweet and salty snack mixes, you are in the right place! The crisp caramel coating on this cereal and peanut mix is absolutely perfect. The best part is you can finish it in the microwave, making it so much faster than the baked version.  I am sharing two different ways to get to the finished product fast, so do whichever sounds easier to you! You will be in snacking heaven before you know it.


   My Aunt Jenny is famous!  She submitted this recipe to Gooseberry Patch and had it published in Homestyle in a Hurry.  Isn't that fun?

    If you liked Grandma Schanhorst's Microwave Caramel Corn, you will love this!  It is the same principle of making a caramel and using the microwave to dry it out.

  It is so much quicker than using the oven!

Crunchy caramel-y goodness.  This cereal mix is perfectly delicious for snacking. It is sweet, salty and quick and easy to make too!


    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.  My husband 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.

   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. ;-)


Glass Bowl Method



This is the way my Aunt Jenny makes it.  It is super simple and works great.

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!

     Have you wax paper ready when it comes out so you can spread it out while it's hot.  That way you don't have one big clump of caramel goodness.

bowl of microwave caramel crispix mix

Paper Bag Method:



     Shaking a paper bag is such a great way to get everything coated and crunchy.  After trying several different recipes with this method, I thought it was time to try this one.  It worked really well!

     This gets the caramel really evenly distributed and crunchy.  Plus some of the extra grease seeps into the bag, so it feels healthier!

      I made a video so you can see just how easy it is!

More recipes: 


      Jenny also shared her Feta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts with us and they instantly became a favorite dinner here.  We highly recommend them!

      Snack mixes are always so much fun to make and eat.  They are perfect for parties.  This is a favorite and so is the Brownie Batter Puppy Chow.

      For another fun caramel snack mix, check out caramel muddy buddies.  It's a puppy chow snack but with caramel instead of chocolate. 

    Or whip up some squirrel chow, which is another fun play on puppy chow.  It it a fun mix that is always a hit. 

Now I am curious, do you have a favorite snack mix?

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Make Caramel Crispix Mix Even Quicker and Easier With This Fun Recipe!https://youtu.be/Gs3K5bogggwIf you love sweet and salty crunchy snack mixes, you are in the right place. This fun caramel coated mix is super tasty. The best part is you can get that crunch in the microwave, so you don't have to wait so long!https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GfB93xlr4VM/XvP1DPuir7I/AAAAAAAA_JM/lWvInjmG4G8uFHDZmryuy2Oa5H_1nO4wACNcBGAsYHQ/s400/caramel%2Bsnack%2Bmix.jpg6/25/2020
Yield: 18 Servings
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Quicker Easier Caramel Crispix Mix

Quicker Easier Caramel Crispix Mix

If you are a fan of crunchy sweet and salty snack mixes, you are in the right place! The crisp caramel coating on this cereal and peanut mix is absolutely perfect. The best part is you can finish it in the microwave, making it so much faster than the baked version. I am sharing two different ways to get to the finished product fast, so do whichever sounds easier to you! You will be in snacking heaven before you know it.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 20 M

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz box of Crispix cereal (or similar)
  • 16 oz jar dry roasted peanuts 
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions:

Glass Bowl Method
  1. Combine cereal and peanuts in a large microwave-safe glass bowl, set aside
  2. 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
  3. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour caramel mix over cereal and peanuts, stirring to coat
  4. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove and stir. Repeat two more times.
  5. Pour onto lightly greased baking sheets or strips of waxed paper
  6. Cool completely then break into pieces and serve. Store in an air-tight container
Paper Bag Method
  1. Make sure there are no staple in your paper grocery sack!
  2. Combine cereal and peanuts in your paper bag, set aside.
  3. 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
  4. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour caramel mix over cereal and peanuts, roll the top of the bag down and shake to coat
  5. Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove from the microwave and shake well to mix.  Repeat this process until it has been cooked and shaken 5 times.
  6. Pour onto lightly greased baking sheets or strips of waxed paper
  7. Cool completely then break into pieces and serve. Store in an air-tight container
Calories
371.78
Fat (grams)
20.36
Sat. Fat (grams)
6.84
Carbs (grams)
44.03
Fiber (grams)
2.31
Net carbs
41.73
Sugar (grams)
25.69
Protein (grams)
7.48
Sodium (milligrams)
267.12
Cholesterol (grams)
20.34
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Crunchy caramel-y goodness.  This cereal mix is perfectly delicious for snacking. It is sweet, salty and quick and easy to make too!



28 comments:

  1. Well this sounds like it could be dangerous and addicting! Yummy!

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  2. Our kids like to snack especially salty snacks. This looks like it's easy and yummy, too!

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!

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    1. My little guy loved it! It was so quick and easy too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. This looks so good, I can see how it would be addictive! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

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    1. It's terribly addictive! My little guy had his own little bowl of it, but kept trying to reach into the big bowl on the table anyway. None of us could stay out of it!

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  4. Wow, what a nice snack...Jenney's Smacky Delicious Mix looks and sounds great. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. It is dangerously good! Thanks for hosting.

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    2. It is dangerously good! Thanks for hosting.

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  5. What a great idea! I often use cereal to make snacks so glad to see it isn't only me! Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday

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    1. Too funny! We love snack mixes that include cereal and they are so easy. Thanks for hosting!

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  6. What a tasty snack mix. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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  7. Sounds like a fun BBQ, and the perfect snack to tide you all over! Thanks so much for sharing at Talented Tuesdays!

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    1. My husband and I have very different entertaining styles! His are last minute and whatever ends up on the table is a surprise to everyone. Mine area bit more planned. The snack mix worked really well to make sure nobody starved in the process!

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  8. Yummy! Who doesn't like a good snack mix? Thanks for sharing this awesome post at Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party. If you haven't linked up this week, be sure to stop by. The party is still going on! Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Christie ~ Sparkles of Sunshine

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    1. Thanks, Christie! We anything snacky around here, so this was no exception!

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  9. Oh this would not last long around me or my house. Might be making this soon but that would blow my diet. :))) I like cooking over fire when we go camping. Love the flavor adds to the meal. Probably not good for us though. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week!

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    1. It does add a great flavor to whatever you are grilling... and it has be still be better than frying, right?

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  10. I haven't heard of this, but it sounds amazing! I love that you said you'd make less dinner rather than less of this! :)

    Thanks for linking up with us on Throwback Thursday - we appreciate it, and are always looking forward to next week's posts, too!! :) Be sure to follow our pinterest board, too! :)

    Mollie

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    1. Well you have to have your priorities straight ;-) Thank you so much!

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  11. I just love the ideas to get the finished product faster. Yummo. Happy Weekend dear friend!

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  12. This sounds delicious and I am always up for something simple! The Gooseberry Patch cookbook looks like fun. That is pretty awesome that this is in there.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!