I was cruising around Ravelry one day, as usual, and there was much discussion of this fantastic chex mix that had appeared at the Plucky Knitter Retreat. Once I saw a picture, I had to try it for myself.
The original post calls it Better Than Sex Chex Mix, but I don’t know if I’d go that far. It’s delicious and chocolately and wonderful and terrible all at the same time. Once you take a bite, it’s hard to stop.
I definitely recommend using Chocolate Chex if you can find it – it’s worth the effort.
Evil Chocolate Caramel Chex Mix
from Chef In Training
8 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
6 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup caramel bits
1 Tbsp. heavy cream
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips*
1 tsp. coarse sea salt.
- Pour cereal into microwaveable bowl.
- Line large cookie sheet (or two smaller ones) with aluminum foil (or parchment paper or similar non-stick surface).
- In small bowl, microwave together the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup for 1 minute, stirring well. If needed, microwave 30 seconds at a time until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved, then pour over the cereal and mix well (until evenly coated).
- Microwave cereal mixture for 3 minutes, stirring well after each minute. Note: my mix started to smell a little burny, so I cut the last minute down to about 30 seconds.
- Spread out onto cookie sheet(s) and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Once cool, break into pieces. Make sure to let this cool enough so you don’t melt your candy pieces in the next step.
- Evenly sprinkle mini Reese’s cups and mini marshmallows over the mix.
- In small bowl, melt the caramel bits and heavy cream in the microwave – about 1 minute. Drizzle over cereal mixture.
- Repeat with the chocolate chips & the white baking chips.
- Sprinkle salt over the mixture before the chocolate sets.
- Refrigerate until the chocolate & caramel are set. (Don’t skip this part – the chocolate & caramel won’t set up quite enough at room temperature.)
- Break into bite size pieces & store in a covered container.
- Serve to all your friends who will curse you for bringing this into their lives.
*For the white chocolate chips, I found that some brands melt better than others. Ghiradelli worked fine, Nestle did not. Better yet would probably be a white chocolate that’s made for melting instead of just baking chips – some chips resist melting.