Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weekend Gourmet Flashback: Ghoulishly Good Halloween Snack Mix

It's hard to believe that Halloween is just around the corner...so it's the perfect time to gather a few recipes for fun seasonal foods to share with family and friends. I adapted my Ghoulishly Good Halloween Snack Mix from a recipe that I found at the Chex Mix website last year. This recipe's a total winner: it's easy to make, it makes a large batch, it's totally yummy, and it's full of Halloween colors and flavors.

This mix features popcorn, Rice Chex, bite-size Oreos, and lots of fun Halloween candy...all covered in a sweet homemade caramel coating. I like to serve this snack mix in a large orange Halloween bucket. It makes a fantastic gameday snack during the football season, and it's perfect for any Halloween parties you might be attending this month. Everyone I've made this mix for absolutely loves it...to keep the seasonal fun going, I love to serve this snack mix in fun Halloween cups.

Ghoulishly Good Halloween Snack Mix
adapted from the Chex website

Step 1:  Pop one package of microwave popcorn. Add 4 cups popcorn, 4 cups Rice Chex, and 1 cup of mini Oreos to a large mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. You'll also add Reese's Pieces and candy corn to the mix, but not until the end...the hot caramel will melt the candy if you're not careful!

Step 2:  Make the caramel. Add 1 stick butter, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 2 tbs. light corn syrup to a non-stick saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar as the butter melts. Bring the caramel mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside for 2-3 minutes to let it cool a bit.

Step 3:  Pour the warm caramel over the mixture in the bowl and stir to evenly coat all the ingredients. Microwave the mix for 3.5 minutes. Stop the microwave once each minute and stir in order to evenly coat the mix with the caramel.

Step 4:  Add 1 cup Reese's Pieces and 1 cup candy corn t0 the bowl. Stir gently so you don't melt the candy. Turn the snack mix onto a piece of aluminum foil that's been sprayed with non-stick spray. Spread the snack mix evenly on the foil. Let the mix cool for about 30 minutes, then break it into pieces and place in a Halloween bucket before serving -- the Frankenstein toy is optional, but fun!

I really love this snack mix...it's crunchy and full of orange and black colors thanks to the cookies and candies. This snack mix is pretty sweet...but isn't that what the Halloween season is about?!?!? I hope you'll give this fun snack mix a try this month. Your favorite ghosts and goblins will thank you...I promise!

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