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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Holiday Chex Mix

The other night at work one of the girls brought this in to share with everyone and it was one of those snacks that you just can't stop eating. It reminded me a lot of my mom's cracker jack popcorn recipe. If you like cracker jacks, you will love these. It was pretty festive with the halloween colored M&M's and the candy corns in it, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this could be a year round snack, you would just have to change the M&M's to the season and choose another candy in place of the candy corns. It would look adorable to give to people in little holiday sacks. This is super yummy, and you won't regret making it.

4 1/2 cups corn Chex

4 1/2 cups wheat Chex

2 cups peanuts, dry-roasted

4 cups popped popcorn

2 cups packed light brown sugar

2 cups butter (4 sticks)

1 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 bag milk chocolate chips

1/2 bag white chocolate chips

1 bag chocolate covered pretzels

1 bag Holiday M&M’s

2 cups candy corns or other Holiday candy

Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease large roasting pan. Mix cereal, popped popcorn, and peanuts in a large bowl. Pour into prepared pan. Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in medium, heavy duty saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, without stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour evenly over cereal mixture; stir to coat evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely in pan, stirring frequently to break apart mixture. When completely cool; stir in remaining ingredients. Store in airtight container.

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