Thursday, June 13, 2013

Microwave Caramel Cereal Snack Mix

Caramel Cereal Mix is loved by all the kids and adults who have ever tasted it! It never stays around long. We love to take it to game nights or other pot luck events. By doing it in the microwave, it can all be done in a flash and a flurry.

Begin by melting the butter and brown sugar mix in the microwave.

Combine the cereal and any other goodies like pretzels and nuts in a clean, brown grocery bag.

Add the baking soda.

The mixture will turn this light, brown color when you add the baking soda. (The kids think you just did a neat science trick.)

Pour the caramel mixture in to the bag and mix well with a long handled spoon.

Fold the top of the bag over and shake. Microwave for about 90 seconds - each microwave is a little different so you may have to adjust the time slightly.

The bag should look like this when you are done - 

Tear open the bag and allow the mix to cool. It's pretty impossible to keep snitching hands out of it entirely. Once cooled - enjoy! Store any remaining mix in an airtight container - you probably won't have any leftover for long.

Microwave Caramel Cereal Snack Mix

1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ tsp salt
½ cup butter
½ tsp baking soda
¼ light corn syrup
10 cups Corn or Rice Chex or Cheerios
Peanuts, cashews, pretzels - optional

Measure cereal into a large brown paper grocery bag. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a glass bowl. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes in the microwave. Remove and stir in baking soda. Pour caramel mixture over cereal and shake and stir until coated. Roll down the top of bag to close. Place bag in microwave and microwave for 90 seconds. (Each microwave is a little different so you may need to adjust cooking time.) Lay bag on table and tear open the side of the bag to allow the mixture to cool. Don't hesitate to double the recipe. If you do, you will need to shake the bag after cooking for 90 seconds and then return to the microwave for an additional 90 seconds. Try a mix of different cereals, popcorn, and nuts for a sweet snack mix.

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