Traditional Chex™ Mix is a given at our house during Thanksgiving. After the long weekend of noshing, we have partial boxes of cereal taking up space in the pantry.
Christmas baking brings extra groceries, so the cereal boxes must go! But, how?
Gather all the cereals you want to use and empty them into a 9″ x 13″ pan (or pans). Empty cereal boxes. Yay!
Since this is a sweet recipe, sweet cereals can be included. So, peanut butter O’s are in mine. 🙂
Add any type of nuts you desire.
Bring brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter to a boil and pour over cereal mixture. Stir around to get the liquid on everything, then place in a 250º oven for an hour. Stir every 15 minutes – you know the drill.
Pour out onto wax paper to cool. Break apart any large clumps. Look at the shine on there. That’s the sweet goodness you’ll soon taste. Patience… 😉
Add dried cranberries to the mixture. Oh, yea. It’s going to be delicious.
Melt white baking chips and drizzle over the cooled cereal mixture. Stir around a bit (especially if yours was not so drizzly but globby, like mine).
You don’t want an even coating on all the cereals. You want some tidbits with white coating but not all.
When white coating is set, you’re ready to enjoy!
Here’s your recipe to print and share.
- 8 cups of cereal, any combination you choose
- 1 cup of nuts, your choice
- 1 stick butter
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup dried sweetened cranberries
- ¼ cup white baking chips
- 1 teaspoon shortening
- Spread cereals and nuts into a 9" x 13" baking pan.
- On stove, heat butter, syrup, and sugar to boiling. Pour over cereal mixture and stir to incorporate.
- Bake in 250-degree oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread onto wax paper to cool.
- Break apart any clumps and sprinkle mixture with dried cranberries.
- Melt baking chips with shortening on stove or in microwave. Mix to combine, and drizzle over cooled cereal. If mixture is too stiff to drizzle, you can add 4 cups of cereal to the melted chips and stir. Spread that mixture over the cooled cereal mixture and mix around a little. As it cools, break apart any clumps.
A fun way to serve is in a cone. For a resting spot, use that old couch spring you didn’t know what else to do with. 😉
So, clean out your cabinets and use all that cereal. Throw boxes in the trash, then your family can have a Holiday Chex™ Mix bash!
Do you have cereal boxes taking up too much space? Need to clean out your pantry?
Happy Christmas noshing!
I’m sharing this recipe at Metamorphosis Monday. Join us, y’all. 🙂