Dec 20, 2011

Candy Cane Num Num Mix

I am almost recovered from last week...almost...

This week I am a flurry of baking, sewing, and getting ready for a houseful of guests.

My handmade gifts are still in the process of being completed...remember how I said I was going to try and get done early so I didn't have to sew the week before Christmas? Ha! Hahaha! Ehem...ha.

Anywho...I have a couple of projects to show you this week. I know I am probably the only person still sewing Christmas presents but I figure if there is anyone out there still looking for a quick present idea you might get it here or hey, with the glory of pinterest you can keep it in your idea file.

I have also been baking over several days in order to compile a plate of delectable goodies to hand out to all our new neighbors. So don't be surprised if I share all of them with you this week too. After all it is never too late to do some holiday eating baking, right?

Today I am sharing a holiday remake of our family favorite Num Num Chex Mix. I know I have gone on and on about our family favorite treat, but it seriously is heavenly! The other day as I was looking for another quick and easy treat to add to our neighbor goody plates and I had a sudden epiphany. Why not add some candy canes and a little peppermint extract to the Num Num Mix?

So I gathered up the ingredients from my pantry and whipped out a batch. The peppermint and candy canes totally dressed up this mix in true holiday fashion.

So if you are looking for a quick and easy treat to make for your friends, family, neighbors, mailman, teacher, or for you...hop on this recipe!

Candy Cane Num Num Mix


1 box rice Chex cereal
3 sticks of butter (I know GASP...remember you are giving it away/sharing)
1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cups light Karo syrup
1/2-1 teaspoon of peppermint extract (depending on your love of peppermint)
6-7 candy canes, smashed up

First get some little elf in your house to smash up your candy canes. I am pretty sure they will love it as much as my destructive elf did.

Pour the entire cereal box into a large bowl and set aside.

Next you will combine the sugar, syrup, and butter in a large saucepan. Heat over medium high heat until boiling, stirring often. Once it starts boiling, let it boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, remove from heat and stir in your extract. It will pop, fizz, and maybe foam a little. Oh and the intense smell of the peppermint might burn your eyes and nose. Don't be scared, just keep stirring. It will all calm down.

Pour the mixture over the cereal in the bowl. Scrap out as much of the mixture as you can using a spatula. Then with a more sturdy spoon, stir the cereal to evenly coat with the syrup mixture.

Once it is evenly coated, pour the cereal out onto two baking sheets. Spread out the cereal. Then sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top of the cereal.

The cereal will need to be stirred/tossed/moved around every couple of minutes to ensure that as it cools it doesn't stay in large clumps. You can use your hands for this. Just kind of move all the cereal around and break up any big clumps. You want the cereal to stay in small or individual pieces.

Once the mixture has completely cooled you can store in a gallon Ziploc bag or other airtight container. You can package it to give out or keep it on hand for holiday snacking.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Amy said...

funny...I was just thinking about making this. We have termed it Christmas it's even more appropriate with the candy cane in it. Great idea. By the way, call me when you aren't so busy crazy. I've been wondering how you are.

Melanie said...

Mmmmm....that does look yummy!

BTW...I am still sewing...if that makes you feel better.


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