Mixed UP Chex, a delicious use of leftovers!
I have boxes of cereal leftover from my imaginary baking day spent time in the kitchen with my granddaughter. When I bought the cereal, I envisioned an enjoyable time of Grandma and Grand-girl spending time together, where she would listen, enraptured by my telling of tales of long ago and just soaking in all my knowledge of baking and cooking I’ve accumulated over the years. I’d measure the ingredients, she’d ask to stir, then together we would bake and make beautiful treats we could share with the rest of the family as “our” special recipes.
In reality, I asked if she would like to help me make Muddy Buddy Chex Mix and she said yes. I started making an early supper so we could get to our project sooner. As I assembled the meal and washed the few dishes I dirtied, I turned to see her already having all the ingredients ready to mix, the chocolate was in the microwave melting and I…I…realized my granddaughter has grown up. Oh well…
Leftovers really do taste great!
And here it is January and I have leftover cereal to use, a half can of peanuts and a desire for something cinnamon and sweet. A quick search of Pinterest gave me a few ideas. My inspiration came from Caytlin Ranae and her beautiful picture of chex loaded with cinnamon. Check out her idea here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/260645897162097562/
I adapted my recipe to use what I had on hand. I hope you’ll enjoy my “Mixed UP Chex Mix” recipe.
- 2 qts. Rice Chex
- 2 qts. Corn Chex
- 2 qts. mixed with Chocolate Chex cereal, honey roasted peanuts, and coconut.
Pour this total of six quarts of cereal mixture into large steel bowl and mix. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In saucepan on stove, melt 1/2 cup butter, add 1/3 cup corn syrup and 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar. Bring to boil and boil about 1 minute. Pour over cereal and mix, carefully, as this syrup is hot!
Place half of cereal mixture into two sprayed 9 x 13 pans and bake five minutes. Stir and bake another five minutes. While the mix is in the oven, combine 1 cup sugar and 3 tsp. cinnamon. While mixture is hot from the oven, pour cinnamon/sugar mix over top of cereal mixture using a third at a time, mix, repeat. Pour cereal back into large steel pan and allow to cool, stirring once or twice during the cooling pan.
A suggestion for this chex mixture: There will be bits of cinnamon/coconut/cereal left in bottom of bowl. This will make great topping or additions to yogurt or ice cream.