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Crunchy Caramel Snack Mix

 Crunchy Caramel Snack Mix
"This recipe is a sure-fire hit with all ages," relates Lauren Biggs of Suwanee, Georgia. "The popcorn-and-nut combination is great for packaging in sandwich bags and selling at bake sales."
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 6 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 cups Crispix
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • 1-1/4 cups pecan halves
  • 1-1/4 cups dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  • In a greased roasting pan, combine the popcorn, cereals and nuts. In
  • a large saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to a
  • boil. Boil until a candy thermometer reads 250° (hard-ball
  • stage), about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; immediately stir in vanilla and baking soda.
  • Drizzle over popcorn mixture; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased
  • 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for
  • 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Store in airtight containers.
  • Yield: 3 quarts.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 395 calories, 25 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 387 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 41 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.