Show of hands here: Who likes caramel corn? Ok, good. Now, who likes Chex mix? Great. Allow me to introduce you to the easiest caramel snack ever.
No, seriously. There’s no chance of burning the sugar while you try to reach the exact temperature. We’re talking about 15 minutes, max, for prep time. And maybe four items to wash (saucepan, measuring cup, measuring spoon, spatula); three if your spatula is dishwasher-safe. 🙂 Did I mention that you MAKE THIS IN THE MICROWAVE?
Consider yourself warned though; it’s ridiculously addictive. I find this makes it ideal for sharing with friends and family. (Sharing = Beth doesn’t eat the entire batch.) Best of all, it travels well, both in the car and in the mail! I also think it would be great with some roasted peanuts thrown in, but I haven’t tested that theory.
1 14 oz. box Corn Chex cereal
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 stick of butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 large paper bag*
non-stick cooking spray
Spray the inside of the paper bag with the cooking spray and set aside.
Place the sugar, corn syrup and butter in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is combined.
Add the baking soda and vanilla to the butter mixture and stir briefly to combine. The mixture will foam up.
Pour the box of cereal into the greased paper bag, then pour the caramel sauce over the cereal. Stir to combine, then roll/fold the paper bag shut.
Microwave the bag on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Take the bag out of the microwave and shake it briefly. (Be sure to hold the bag closed!) Microwave the bag again for another 1 1/2 minutes. Spread the cereal out of a piece of waxed paper and allow it to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
from my coworker Kevin, via my coworker Tina
*I’ve had some people tell me that it’s not safe to microwave things in paper bags. That may be true, but I haven’t figure out a way to make this without using the bag, as I don’t have a bowl that is big enough to hold all the cereal, small enough to fit in the microwave and is also microwave-safe! If someone figures out a way to do this without using a bag, I’d love to hear about it.
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