Monday, February 27, 2012

Sweet & Salty Caramel Snack Mix

This is such a fun little treat for kids. You can make it to go with really any holiday that have holiday M&M's. Or you can make them with normal M&M's and enjoy all the colors. We made these for a Valentine treat.It does make a ton, so be prepared to share some with family, friends, or neighbors. My girls took a little bag to their church leaders and friends for Valentines.

Sweet & Salty Caramel Snack Mix
6 cups Golden Graham cereal 
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 cup salted cashews or macadamia nuts
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup karo syrup 
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups cheerios 
3 cups M&M's of choice

line baking sheet with foil or wax paper and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set pan aside. 

In large bowl, Toss cereals and nuts together and set aside. 

In medium saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and karo syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until it begins to boil. Allow sauce to boil for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat. Add in vanilla and stir until well combines. Drizzle sauce evenly over cereal and nuts. Stir quickly and make sure all is even coated. Let sit for a couple seconds. When sauce has a cooled a little, pour in M&M's and toss gently to combine. Spread out on baking sheet and let cool completely.

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