Friday, February 26, 2010

Grandma Squires' Yummy Chex Mix

My grandma makes the best chex mix and I will forever have memories of being at her house with my cousins eating this seriously addicting treat. I've had a lot of different chex mixes but this is by far my favorite one! It is so soft and chewy and I really like how there's not too much going on in it, it's just nice and simple. So thank you Grams for the yummy recipe!

Grandma Squires' Yummy Chex Mix
  • 1 cup butter (I only use butter, not margarine)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 6 cups corn chex
  • 6 cups rice chex
  • 3 cups wheat chex
  • 1 package pecan pieces
combine cereals and pecan pieces in a large bowl and set aside. in a pan, combine butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt and cook until sugar dissolves. add cream and boil to soft ball stage (see note below). remove immediately from heat. stir in vanilla and then pour over cereal mixture. stir until mix is not sticky, but feels greasy to fingers. spread out on surface to cool. separate into small clusters. chex mix gets softer over time so it's usually better the day after you make it.

*soft ball stage- when the mixture is dropped into cold water it will form a soft, flexible ball. if you remove the ball from water, it will flatten like a pancake after a few moments in your hand. OR if you use a candy thermometer, it is when the temperature reaches about 240 degrees.

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