A yummy snack mix that I created for my husband because I couldn't find a mix that did not use corn syrup. This makes a smaller batch than most snack mixes out there.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine Crixpix, Cheerios, pretzels, and peanuts in a large bowl.
- On the stove in a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low heat.
- Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to the melted butter.
- Cook until butter bubbles slightly.
- Pour over the dry mixture and toss (or mix) so that everything is coated evenly.
- Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in oven for 8 minutes.
- Stir mixture and then bake for another 8 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread out onto waxed paper.
- Allow mixture to cool, stirring and breaking up pieces as necessary.
- Once the mixture is cool, add the M&Ms.
My best friend loves the combination of sweet and salty flavours, so when I was invited to 'tag-along' for a 2 day working road trip, I was determined we should have something to munch along the way and this sounded perfect. Needless to say, we loved it! I made a few minor changes to suit my preferences ... 1 1/2 cups each pretzels and peanuts, so I upped the butter to 1/2 cup and the sugar to 2/3 cup. I also used reese pieces instead of M&M's. So-o-o-o-o good! Thanks for sharing!
What an easy and flexible recipe! Wanted to make some Christmas Crunch for co-workers, so used popped microwave kettle corn, corn chex type cereal, and mini pretzel knots. After it was cooled down mixed in 1 c of WalMart "Great Value Indulgent Trail Mix" (butterscotch, chocolate, and white chips with cashews, almonds, white raisins, and dried cranberries) plus 1 c of Christmas M&Ms. I also added 1/2 sea salt to the caramel mixture to up the "salty" factor. Just amazing! I doubled the recipe and have 20 1-cup Christmas bags to distribute.
Did anyone notice that the recipe calls for cherios but did not list it as an ingredient or amount. I estimated 2 cups. The recipe itself was good. I served it as a "salty snack" for a group of ladies and leftovers to my kids. All said that I should make it again.