My favorite chex mix; This chex mix recipe uses coconut, almonds, and other cereals to make the best tasting chex mix you’ll ever have!
Do you drink much Kool-Aid? Me neither. I’ve never been a huge fan of the stuff. On the other hand, my kids get tired of drinking water, and I get tired of shelling out for milk and single-serving drinks. I found a sweet sale + coupon price of $.07 per packet on the Kool-Aid, so I went nuts and bought 45 packages, 5 each of 9 different flavors.
I learned something interesting by doing this. Did you know that a 13-year-old is perfectly capable of making a pitcher full of Kool-Aid, but completely incapable of cleaning up the mess? I always know when offspring #2 has been making Kool-Aid, because I find the following items on the kitchen counter:
- Empty drink packet, torn into two pieces
- Container of sugar
- Measuring Cup
- Pitcher of Kool-Aid
- Empty cup with traces of Kool-Aid in it
And so, Kool-Aid has surprisingly become a tool for teaching my son responsibility. Son: “Mom, can I make Kool-Aid?” Me: ”Last time, that didn’t work out too well for me.” He is now pointing out to me that he cleaned up his mess. And I am responding by making him list every part of the mess that he believes he cleaned up.
I’m going for Meanest Mom on the Block. How am I doing?
Today, I kept the kids fed with this Chex Mix. I felt like I was spoiling them, because I normally only make this for parties. I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, and I have no idea where she got it. Nor do I care, because this is my single favorite chex mix ever, which is saying a lot, because I really like the muddy buddies. I might start trying to pass it off as my own recipe.
A real bonus of these cereal snacks is the no-baking aspect. Especially when it is 100 degrees outside, like it is today. This particular recipe takes just a few minutes to put together, and a few more to cool, and it is ready to eat. Will it keep? I have no idea. I’ve never had a batch last more than one day!
By the way, while it’s true that both my SIL and I have been known to serve this baby right on the sheet pan, I really prefer to break it up and put it in a bowl like this cute Pyrex. Plan on re-filling, though, because you can only fit about half the batch in this bowl.
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- ½ box Rice or Corn Chex cereal (I used a 14 oz. box)
- ½ box Golden Grahams (I used a 12 oz. box)
- 1 cup coconut
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- In a large bowl, place cereals, coconut, and almonds. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, melt butter and add sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes.
- Pour boiling mixture over cereal mixture, and stir to coat.
- Turn out onto a buttered sheet pan. Allow to cool before eating.