Give a homemade snack for the holidays this year. Sweet, sugar-cinnamon Chex Mix will be a winner with kids and adults alike.
Guys, this fall has turned out to be way busier than I ever planned it to be, and things don’t seem to be slowing down. It’s so bad that I think I’ve accepted that I won’t be hosting a holiday party this year, or even a brunch for our closest friends. I LOVE the annual tradition, but you know what, I just have to keep myself sane. And this year, there’s just no way I can commit to it.
So instead, I’ll talk to you about last year. I hosted a brunch for a couple of our closest family friends. While I missed our annual party, I switched it out for a brunch so that close friends could bring their young children without having to bump into nap time. And I shrunk the guest list way down to keep from stressing out and spending hours cooking and baking.
Even though the brunch was simpler than my child-free parties, I still wanted to do a little something special for friends. The children received small Christmas gifts, the men received boozy brownies, and the woman received sweet, cinnamony Chex Mix. Want to talk about a snack that is like crack? Both the ladies and the lucky children who snuck fistfuls loved it. I couldn’t stop eating the leftovers. It’s quick and easy to make and is soooo yummy. Gift it as a gift, serve or bring it to an upcoming holiday gathering, or hoard it for yourself. There’s no wrong answer. 🙂
- cooking spray
- 9 c. Chex cereal (Rice Chex, Corn Chex, or a combination of the two)
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 c. light brown sugar
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1/4 c. light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
- Prep: Place cereal in a very large bowl. Set aside.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Cook: In a large pot, heat brown sugar, butter, salt, and corn syrup. Stir until butter is melted and sugar is mostly dissolved. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
- Pour mixture over cereal, and stir until cereal is completely coated. Turn out onto prepared baking sheet. Spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, enough to coat. Put the extra aside.
- Bake for 5 minutes. Flip and spread out. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar and bake for another 3 minutes. Chex Mix will be starting to turn golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Break into pieces.
- Store in an airtight container.
This recipe was adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
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