5 December, 2021
Chocolate Snack Mix
Okay, first of all…..was everyone else aware there is chocolate Chex? I had no idea. I stopped buying cereal a lot of years ago and we shut off cable 6 or more years ago. So evidently, I was not up on the latest cereal developments.
Personally, I think it shouldn’t be marketed as a breakfast food….once in a while as a treat, sure, but daily? Not a chance. And now I am stepping off my soapbox.
Anyway, I have the big ol’ bag of pecans. Why I feel I need to use it as fast as humanly possible, I have no idea, but there you go. So, while poking around the interwebs, I found this recipe. Is it good? Yes, yes it is. It is keto? Not even a little bit. Is it low carb? Not in the slightest. Is it worth it? I have to say yes. Am I going to keep all the ingredients in the house? No! Too easy to just nom this down without thinking. 🙂
- 1 box of chocolate Chex cereal
- 1 cup pecan halves or pieces – I used halves and it would be better in pieces – walnuts would work just as well.
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 6 TB of butter
- 3 TB light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate would also work (assuming you like dark chocolate)
- 1 cup pretzels – I used Pretzel Crisps, crunched up into pieces about an inch square
- couple small pinches of salt
In a big bowl, bigger than you think you will need, add the cereal and pecans. I also added the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces, but you can save them both until the end. If you do save them until the end, the chocolate chips won’t melt and the pretzels will be separate from the sweet topping mix.
In a microwave safe container, melt the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup on high for 1-2 minutes. When it’s done, it should be a smooth mixture. Whisk in the baking soda and pour over the cereal mixture. Mix well.
The original recipe called for me to put the mixture in the microwave on high for 3 minutes…..I had no bowl that would hold all that and fit in the microwave, so I skipped that.
Line a big baking sheet (with edges) with parchment paper and pour the cereal mix onto it. If you haven’t added the chocolate chips yet, do so now.
Because mine wouldn’t fit in the microwave, I popped it into the oven for 5 minutes on 100F (the lowest my oven can go). It softened the chocolate chips but didn’t melt them – it just helped everything stick together. I then sprinkled a couple pinches of salt over the whole works and put in the fridge to let everything set. I took it out, stirred in the pretzel crisps and stashed it in jars.
This recipe cannot be screwed up unless you switch salt & sugar. Even then, it has chocolate in it, how bad could it really be?