June 20, 2012

something a little different (a guest post by Bekah)

Hello! Bekah here. When I volunteered to guest post for Rachel, I had no idea what I would blog about. But then yesterday I made some AMAZING Chex mix, and I thought I'd do something a little different and post a recipe... with photos! :)

How to Make Caramel Corn (with a spin!)

You will need Chex cereal (I used gluten free), popcorn, butter, corn syrup (I used maple), vanilla, peanuts (optional), and brown sugar.

Combine the cereal, popcorn, and peanuts. 

In a small pan, melt butter. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and syrup.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly (it won't take very long).

Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture. Stir until it's all evenly coated.

(this is where I ate half the bowl and then realized I still had to microwave it.)
Microwave for 5 or 6 minutes, stirring every minute. This step is to heat it all through and make it nice and crunchy and browned. (warning: mixture will be hot!)

Spread on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Allow to cool. Stir it every few minutes to keep it from clumping up.

And now, here's the official recipe. :)

Chex Caramel Corn

4 cups popped popcorn (plain, no butter)
4 cups Chex cereal
1/2 cup peanuts (optional)
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 TBS corn syrup (or maple)
1/4 tsp vanilla

In a large microwaveable bowl, combine popcorn, cereal, and peanuts.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
Microwave for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every minute. Spread on waxed paper to cool, stirring occasionally to break up chunks. 
Store in an airtight container.

I'm Bekah--a 14-year-old girl that loves Jesus, piano, cooking, blog design, photography, reading, writing, and animals. I blog at Sunshine Valley, Chef in Training, Friends Through Photos, and Sunny Day Designs. I have six American Girl dolls--Samantha, Kaya, Mia, Felicity, Elizabeth, and Alayna.
Feel free to follow me around, I don't mind! (but I do run into walls occasionally!)

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