Monday, October 3, 2016

Halloween Monster Mix


I made this Halloween Monster Mix for my son who has been relentlessly reminding me that it's Halloween season.  I coated half of the Chex cereal with a chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar mix.  The other half of the Chex cereal was coated with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  This can be so easily changed to include many other things, like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Crispix, Cocoa Puffs, Bugles, caramel corn, M&Ms, you name it.  It makes a bunch too so you could put it in small bags to give out at Halloween.  And it's darn tasty!  Enjoy!

HALLOWEEN MONSTER MIX
FOR THE CHOCOLATE/PEANUT BUTTER MIX:
3 C Chex cereal (any flavor)
1 1/2 C pecans
One 10-ounce bag milk chocolate chips
1/2 C smooth peanut butter
2-3 C powdered sugar

FOR THE BROWN SUGAR/CINNAMON MIX:
3 C Chex cereal (any flavor)
1 1/2 C pecans
6 T butter
1/4 C brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

FOR THE MONSTER MIX:
One 10-ounce bag mini marshmallows
12 ounces of candy corn
One 10.5-ounce bag Reeses Pieces
2 C pretzels

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.  Spread 3 C of the Chex cereal and 1 1/2 C of the pecans on a sheet pan.  Melt the butter in a microwave and stir in the brown sugar and the cinnamon.  Pour the mixture over the cereal.  Stir the mixture around to coat it and spread it out in a single layer.  Bake it, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the cereal is not soggy anymore.  Let them cool completely.

Place the powdered sugar in a large zipper bag and set it aside.  Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter together in the microwave in 30 second increments.  Spread 3 C of the Chex cereal and 1 /2 C pecans out on a sheet pan.  Pour the chocolate mixture over it.  Using your hands (this is messy) mix the cereal mixture around in the chocolate until it's coated.  Put the coated cereal into the bag with powdered sugar.  Shake it around to coat all of the pieces.  Shake the pieces off and put them in a large bowl.

Add the chocolate covered cereal mixture to the bowl and add in the pretzels, marshmallows, candy corn, and Reeses Pieces. Store in zipper bags.

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