Sunday, January 5, 2014

Caramel Snack Mix

It's -16F outside and there's a couple good football playoff games this afternoon or a Property Brothers marathon on hgtv....decisions, decisions...  Whichever I decide to watch and craft as I do, there will be snacks available with this caramel snack mix.  Who knew how good caramel coated cashews were?  

Caramel Snack Mix

8 cups popcorn
4 cups Crispix cereal

1 cup cashews
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet M & M's

Combine popped popcorn, Crispix and cashews in a large bowl.  In a large saucepan, melt butter.  Combine with brown sugar and corn syrup.  Bring to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes without stirring.  Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.  Mix together well and pour over popcorn mixture.  Bake for 1 hour at 250°, stirring every 15 minutes.  Remove from roaster and spread out on wax paper.  When cool, mix in M & M's.  Store in a airtight container.