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Cereal Crunchies Recipe

Cereal Crunchies Recipe

Folks can't get enough of this irresistible snack mix. A slightly sweet vanilla coating is the perfect match for the blend of mini pretzels, crispy cereal and salted nuts. It's a real crowd-pleaser. —Juanita Carlsen of North Bend, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:17 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Multi-Bran Chex
  • 2 cups Corn Chex
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • 2 cups miniature pretzels
  • 1 cup salted mixed nuts
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons butter flavoring
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  • 1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the cereals, pretzels and nuts; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter flavoring and salt. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine vanilla and baking soda. Remove brown sugar syrup from the heat; stir in vanilla mixture (syrup will foam). Pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat.
  • 3. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes; stir. Microwave 2-3 minutes longer; stir. Microwave at 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Cool for 3 minutes, stirring well several times. Spread onto waxed paper to cool. Yield: 8-1/2 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1/2 cup) equals 153 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 446 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.