It has been a gorgeous weekend here in southeast Georgia. The weather is cool and seasonal; the skies are crisp and blue. I've been busy writing my October articles for my food column so my mind is definitely on cooking for fall: cakes, dips, and snacks.
I decided to try my hand at a snack mix. I've never made one before. I'm kind of a minimalist when it comes to snack mixes. I like cereal, pretzels and a little touch of sweetness from some form of candy. I don't care for nuts in my mix. So, I gathered some ingredients that I enjoy and whipped up a brown sugar mixture for coating. Yummy!
Fall Snack Mix
9 cups of Crispex cereal (or your favorite cereal)
3 cups mini pretzel twists
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 lb. of candy corn (or autumn mix)
1/2 lb. fall M&M's (optional)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a large sheet pan with aluminum foil and grease with cooking spray. Spread the cereal and pretzel evenly on the prepared pan. In a medium sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook for several minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and baking soda. Pour the mixture over the cereal and gently toss to coat.
Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes to make sure coating is evenly distributed. Cool mixture completely before adding candy.
Fall is finally here!