Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chocolate Chex Caramel Crunch

This is our family's very favorite Chex mix. Sometimes it's kind of hard to find the Chocolate Chex and when I finally do, our youngest daughter likes to eat it, but she's always asking me when I'm going to make this again. I made it last week to take to a friend that allowed us to view the local parade from her yard. I hope she liked it as much as our kids enjoyed the little part that we kept! This recipe was on the box when they first came out with the Chocolate Chex, but I noticed that it isn't any longer. 

Chocolate Chex Caramel Crunch

8 Cups Chocolate Chex cereal (pretty much the whole box!)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
6 Tablespoons butter or margarine
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup white vanilla baking chips

Using a large microwavable bowl, place cereal and set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

Use a 2-cup microwavable bowl or measuring cup for the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Microwave uncovered on High for 2 minutes, stir after 1 minute, until the mixture is melted and smooth. Stir in the baking soda until it's dissolved (I'm not sure what the baking soda does in this recipe, but I've left it out before and still had it turn out great!) Pour mixture over the cereal until evenly coated. Microwave the mixture for 3 minutes, stirring after every minute. Spread mixture onto the parchment lined baking sheet and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Break into bite size pieces into your serving bowl. I like to use a wider bowl, that way you can put more white chocolate on top, that's the best part!

In a small microwavable bowl, microwave the vanilla baking chips uncovered on high, I like to do this part gently, because it doesn't take a whole lot of heat to kill the vanilla chips. I do about 30 second intervals, stirring between. Sometimes I also use dark chocolate chips, that's pretty awesome too! You want the vanilla chips to be drizzalable, drizzle the chocolate onto the cereal mixture and refrigerate until set.

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