Friday, December 27, 2013

Chuck's Holiday Chex Mix

I know that it is only 2 days after Christmas and most of you have had it with holiday recipes and cooking but I still feel the need to share this recipe with everyone that I know and of course everyone that I don't know!  It is warm, gooey, crunchy and full of healthy ingredients!   Well, and there is a little sugar in here too but as long as you don't eat the whole bowl yourself, you will be fine!

This delicious concoction of holiday heaven is a favorite with my family and according to most of them, it wouldn't be Christmas without it.  The recipe was given to me by a former co-worker who made it every year for our office Christmas party.  The year after he retired the question arose in our office as to how we could get some of Chuck's Holiday Chex Mix because it was just that good.  We decided to call him and ask him if he would be willing to share the recipe with us and he was kind enough to agree.  We were all so glad!

I knew from the moment I tasted a little chunk of this stuff, I would be making it every year. Our family loves this recipe so much that one year my daughters and I spent a whole day in the kitchen making this Christmas treat for our neighbors.

Don't you just want to jump into this bowl?

It does take some time to make but it is worth every minute you will spend in the kitchen mixing it up.  The nice thing about this recipe is that it makes a very large batch so you will have mounds to share with other people!

I promise you that if you make this holiday treat, you will not be sorry that you did and the people you give it to will love you and they will ask you for the recipe!  You will immediately become the most popular person you know. I'm not kidding!

This is all you will need!

You start out with some very basic ingredients that most people already have in their kitchens - except maybe the pecans.  I only had to purchase the pecans so that made this a very inexpensive snack/treat!

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl mix the Corn Chex Cereal, quick cooking oatmeal (make sure you use quick cooking and not old fashioned as the quick cooking cook faster and provide a more delicate texture to baked goods), pecan halves and the 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Gently mix these ingredients until they are well combined and then set aside.

In a medium sized saucepan melt the 2 sticks of butter over low heat.

Add the brown sugar and then the honey bringing the mixture to a boil while stirring.

When the mixture has boiled for about a minute remove from the heat and pour into the bowl containing the dry ingredients stirring quickly to get everything combined before it starts to set up.  The butter/sugar/honey mixture will be extremely hot so be careful!

Spread the hot mixture onto 2 cookie sheets in a thin layer

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping the mixture every 5 minutes to cook everything evenly.

Immediately spread onto parchment or waxed paper to cool.  When it is slightly warm, gently break apart and place in an airtight container or wrap up for friends and neighbors. This mixture will be gooey and soft but it will start to get a little hard over time so all you need to do to soften it up is to put it in the microwave for about a minute or two and it softens right up.  Or if you like it hard and crunchy, more power to you!


Chuck's Holiday Chex Mix

In a large bowl mix:
6 C Corn Chex Cereal
2 C Quick Cooking Oatmeal
1 pd. Pecan Halves
2 t Cinnamon

In a saucepan mix:
2 C Brown Sugar
2/3 C Honey
2 sticks Butter

Mix first 4 ingredients in large bowl and set aside.  In a saucepan mix and bring to boil sugar, honey and butter.  Pour over dry mixture in large bowl mixing quickly and well.  Spread thinly on two cookie sheets.  Bake in 325 oven for 20 minutes, mixing all ingredients on cookie sheets about every 8 minutes.  Immediately take off of cookie sheet when done and cool on parchment or waxed paper.

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