Speaking of snacks, a few weeks back, in the mood for some homemade Chex Mix (I use this recipe), I bought the store-brand version of Chex in order to make that treat.
Or at least I thought I did! Upon closer inspection when I got home, I discovered that my box of "Multi-grain Squares" was actually a knock-off of Life, a sweeter cereal than Chex. Oops!
Well, by now I've accumulated a few cereal-based snack mix recipes, so yesterday I decided to look through them to see if I could find one that would work with those Multi-grain Squares and would serve as my contribution to the parade-viewing festivities.
Success was mine with the following recipe, which I'd clipped from a Taste of Home magazine: (I'll give the recipe as it was written, then add my notes afterward)
Honey Glazed Snack Mix (adapted from a recipe by Lucile Cline, Wichita, Kansas)
6 cups Crispix
5 cups miniature pretzels
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup honey
Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl, combine the Crispix, pretzels and pecans. In a small saucepan, combine butter and honey. Cook and stir until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well.
Transfer to two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes. Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 10 cups.
Notes: as you can see, the recipe calls for Crispix, which is similar to Chex. But since the recipe makes a sweet rather than savory snack, I figured that the slightly sugary taste of my Life-type cereal would work just fine.
I also changed the baking instructions, beginning with using my roasting pan instead of the two 15x10 pans specified. I did this because it's easier to stir a mixture in a roasting pan than it is in a 15x10 pan (it has steeper sides than the 15x10 pan does).
But because using the roasting pan meant the mixture would be in a thicker layer, I raised the oven temperature to 350. I still stirred the snack mix every five minutes, as mentioned in the recipe.
I found that the mixture needed close to 30 minutes total, but I was erring on the side of caution. If the honey/butter glaze ended up a bit "wet", the finished product would be sticky. My snack mix turned out plenty dry, with a few over-browned pecans that had to be discarded, so I could have baked it for a few minutes less.
Here's how it turned out:
It turned out great - and it was great to find a use for my grocery shopping mistake!