October 24, 2017

Sweet Chocolate Halloween Chex Mix



Ingredients
5 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 1/2 cup broken vanilla pizzelles
1/2 cup chocolate-ginger pumpkin seeds* or plain pepitas
1 cup Halloween mix (like Brach's Mellowcreme Autumn Mix)
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients:

Pre-heat oven to 250.

In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts and pizzelles. Set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a small pot.  Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.

Pour the cereal mix on a lined baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes.


Store in airtight container.

*To make the seeds:

Preheat oven to 350. Place the cleaned seeds from the squash in a small pot. Fill halfway with water. Add  2 tablespoons salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Drain. Sprinkle lightly with olive oil, more heavily with cocoa and ground ginger. Stir to evenly distribute spice. Place in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir the seeds then bake for an additional 5 minutes or until they no longer look wet are instead toasted and crunchy looking.

Quick notes about ingredients:

Amazon Pantry has chocolate Chex if you are having trouble finding it or toss some cocoa powder in with the rest of the seasoning.

I used pizzelles I bought at Aldi. Feel free to use homemade/bakery pizzelles if available or sub in another waffle cookie.


My thoughts:
I was trying to fill a box for Amazon Pantry to justify the annoying $5.99 fee (Amazon Pantry is the only place that sells a specific cleaning product I ran out of) and I came across chocolate Chex. I am not a cereal eater except in treat form so I don't know if they are available widely or not but I was intrigued and bought a box. They are a mix of cocoa covered Chex and rice Chex  so they aren't super sweet. Since it is October and the colors are suitably autumnal, I thought I'd make a totally sweet Chex mix.

It was tempting to make a sweet and salty mix but it is Halloween and sweet things rule. I used candy, broken cookies, peanuts and homemade cocoa and ginger dusted pumpkin seeds to make a treat that adults and children alike would enjoy. 




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