Sweet Sarah Mix

Friday, September 18, 2015

Twenty years ago, my friend Liz Cooper gave me a bag of this
wonderful sweet Chex Mix for Christmas.  She was
a fellow teacher at Skelly Elementary. 
It's one of those recipes that I have made at least one hundred times, seriously.
I make it for each holiday and change the colorful additions to fit the
time of year. 
This time of year I add candy corn, Teddy Grahams and the fall colored M&Ms.
At Christmas I add dried cranberries, Chocolate
Teddy Grahams and the Green & Red M&Ms.
In the spring I add the pastel M&Ms and the little bunny graham crackers.
The fun part about making this simple recipe is that it is one of those
that can easily be given to friends and neighbors.  One recipe
makes 4 large bags.  By large bags, I mean those large
cellophane bags you can get at Hobby Lobby on their baking aisle.
(don't forget your 40% off coupon!)

Oh and by the way, you can freeze it as is - in the pretty bag!
Tate, are you surprised I mentioned this? 
Recipe: Sweet Sarah Mix
4 Cups of Rice Chex
4 Cups of Corn Chex
2 Cups Pretzels
1 Cup Almonds or Pecans
1 Cup of Dried Cranberries (add last - read below)
Mix all of these ingredients (except cranberries) in a big, oven proof bowl.
In a small sauce pan, combine the following:
1 Stick Unsalted Butter
3 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
Bring these ingredients to a boil while stirring.  Reduce heat and let simmer
5 minutes without stirring.
Remove from heat and add 1/4 tsp. of baking soda. Stir.
Pour this mixture over the cereal, mix thoroughly but carefully so you don't crush
your cereal. 
Bake 300 degrees for 15 minutes, stir and cook 5 more minutes.
Remove from oven and add cranberries and any seasonal "extras."
If adding M&Ms, you might want to let the mixture cool a little.
Package in cellophane bags or seasonal cookie tins.
P.S.  I have used the Wal-Mart "Great Value" brand of Corn and Rice Chex cereal and I
find it is actually the same but a fraction of the cost of the name brand.
Also, the Wal-Mart dried cranberries are much more "plumper" and cheaper.
I actually like the taste better.  When you are making many batches of this recipe
it helps to buy the store brands especially if their quality is the same or better.

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