You’ve probably figured out by now that I have quite a sweet tooth – almost nothing is “too sweet” by my standards.  This recipe is adapted from my best friend’s version and I don’t really know what to call it – toffee or butterscotch Chex Mix, maybe?  It does contain some salt from the pretzels in the mixture, just enough to give it that satisfying sweet/salty balance.

My grandmother is a big fan of this mix – she actually asked me to make a batch last weekend, and who can turn down their 95 year old Nana?

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Typically I try to post “lightened up” recipes on Thursdays – this is anything but light – filled with butter and sugar (although I did make a few substitutions).  But it makes a huge batch and is a great party or football snack. 

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I’m sure Nana was glad I didn’t mess with this recipe.  At least I know where I got my sweet tooth from.  And if you eat too much, you’ll get a stomach ache.  Trust me.

BFF’s Sweet Toffee / Caramel Chex Mix

5 cups Rice Chex

5 cups Corn Chex

1 cup mini pretzels

2 cups pecan halves

1 stick + 2 Tbsp I used Olivio Light (or butter)

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup brown rice syrup (or honey)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1) Pre-heat oven to 225.

2) Coat a large roasting pan or disposable tin with cooking spray.

3) Combine all dry ingredients and place in roasting pan.

4) Bring butter, sugar, and syrup to a boil for 5 minutes.

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5) Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

6) Pour mixture over dry ingredients and bake for 20 minutes, stir, and bake for an additional 20 minutes.  Repeat for a total of 1 hour.

7) Spread into single layer on waxed paper until cool, then break apart in to pieces.

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Instead of sharing the nutrition info for this one, let’s just call it a holiday indulgence.

I added in a handful of leftover butterscotch chips as the mix was cooling.  There are unlimited substitutions you could make with this – I think Cheerios and other nuts would be delicious.  The pecans are my favorite part!

What’s your favorite Chex mix recipe?

I really dislike the traditional savory one – I’m not a fan of pepper!

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