June 6, 2017

Chocolate Caramel S'mores Snack Mix

A few weeks ago, I made a double batch of this snack mix for our church youth group. The sheet pans were sitting out on the kitchen table, cooling, and my family kept stopping by for quality assurance testing. I told them to keep their hands off, that they were eating the Lord's food. But they were wholly (though not in any way holy) unrepentant.

All of which is just to say that if you're planning to feed this addictive combination to anyone other than the people living in your house, you might want to make a double batch, too.



Chocolate Caramel S'mores Snack Mix {print}

4 cups graham-cracker type cereal (I used Golden Grahams)
4 cups corn or rice or combo cereal squares (I like Crispix)
6 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (yes, this matters)
approximately 1 cup M&Ms
approximately 2 cups mini marshmallows

Line a large sheet pan with wax paper or parchment paper. Gently combine cereals in a large microwave-safe bowl. In a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup, microwave the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup uncovered on high power 1-2 minutes, stirring after one minute, until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from microwave and stir in the baking soda until dissolved. Pour this mixture over the cereal and stir gently to coat. Microwave on high power for 3 minutes, stirring after every minute. 

Remove from microwave and cool 1 minute. Sprinkle with marshmallows and gently fold in. Turn the mixture out onto your prepared baking sheet and immediately sprinkle the surface with M&Ms, pressing them gently into the cereal mixture. Cool completely before breaking apart and storing airtight. Makes 8 cups.



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14 comments:

  1. I may or may not be creating a ladies church group for the sole purpose of being able to make my favorite foods and keep them all to myself... Lord's food--I love it!

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    1. Brilliant. As in, you are. :) If the Lord calls you, you must answer. ;)

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  2. This would go great with our VBS campout theme next week! S'mores are the best part of camping hands down! And this concoction reminds me of the vats of "puppy chow" my best friend and I make every Christmas (Also known as muddy buddies to the real world outside my friend's kitchen...don't worry it tastes infinitely better than either name suggests... probably all the powdered sugar... ) so I understand the allure...we make triple batches now... and that's also probably why I can't button my shorts this summer. ;-)

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    1. Heather, you are a riot. And I am a HUGE fan of puppy chow or muddy buddies or any other name it might go by. This absolutely is similar...and similarly easy to eat, as in, "Oh, I'll just have a handful" and ten minutes later you've eaten your weight in the stuff. (Re: those shorts.) Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your wonderfully entertaining comment! xoxo

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  3. Well, this looks absolutely delicious!! I need to make this asap!

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    1. Aw, thank you, Laura! I will say that it is as easy as it is addictive! ;) Here's to a s'more-filled summer for you! :)

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  4. I'm sure glad that you make all these yummy looking recipes with a "print button"!

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    1. Well, bless your heart for noticing, Kyrsten! You may know that your "Aunt Elizabeth" is VERY tech-challenged, so figuring out how to add that option to my recipes was pretty much the equivalent of landing on the moon for me. ;) So glad it's a useful feature...thanks so much for stopping by to check out this recipe! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! It's been a few days since I made a batch...which I'm thinking is a few days too long. ;) Must do something about that. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. My kids love this kind of snack! Thanks for the unique twist!

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    1. Heehee, Michele...my kids love this kind of snack, too! :) Thank YOU for the kind compliment! And thanks so much for stopping by.

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  7. A yummy snack! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much, Miz Helen! And thank you for being such a gracious and encouraging hostess at Full Plate Thursday!

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