The best caramel corn recipe can be used on more than just popcorn! And pecans and cereal for a fun snack mix!
I burned myself making this popcorn for you.
Oh, how I sacrifice for my craft!
Let’s just say, when this candy comes off the stove it is very very hot. Be forewarned. Was it worth it? Yes. Yes, it was. Because caramel corn is good, but caramel corn plus chex and pecans is great. Fantastic. Amazing, even.
And speaking of sacrifice… do you know how hard it is to make this gorgeous, crunchy caramel and then NOT eat it immediately? I promised my family I would bring snacks to the family get together this month, so into a lidded container this whole batch went.
*sniff* *wipes tear*
Here’s a little insight into my life as a dessert blogger. When my kids come home from school/work/friends/misc. activities, they say something like, “Mmm, it smells like…” insert something here like “peanut butter” or “caramel” or “cookies.” This is immediately followed by, “Can I have some?”
It’s been a rough week around here. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, in this little family has been sick.
Fortunately for us, Robb got sick before the rest of us, and is now able to take care of us without worry of catching this horrible flu. This stupid thing knocked me flat on my back for an entire week so far. It will probably be more than that when it’s all said and done.
Honestly, it’s kind of nice to have this blog to voice my thoughts, because I’m certainly not voicing anything out loud today.
You know what you do when everyone is sick? You buy paper plates. And plastic spoons. And lots and lots of cold cereal.
I told my kids they have no imagination when it comes to cold cereal. All they do, day in and day out, is pour it in a bowl and cover it with milk. It’s a tragedy, when you think about it, because there is so much more that can be done with it!
To prove my point, I turned my box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds into a crust for these cheesecake bars.
Well, I didn’t use the whole box for the crust. The rest of it will probably be poured into bowls and covered with milk.
By the way, if you hurry, you can grab your own box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (or another Post cereal you like) for just $1.99 at Walgreens. Pretty good deal, I think.
Nothing against apples or cheesecake, but I love this crust. It’s my favorite part. It’s nutty and sweet, and you would probably never suspect it uses cold cereal as its main ingredient.
Plus, it gives us a fun little treat to snack on between the coughing fits!
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.