Friday, December 10, 2010

Double-Chocolate Spiced Snack Mix

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When placed in a glass canning jar with the lid decorated with Holiday material and/or yarn, it makes a wonderful gift!

1 - 12-oz package Crispix cereal (about 10 cups)
1-1/2 cups mixed nuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light colored corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 cup chocolate covered peanuts
1 cup chocolate covered raisins
2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk or dark; your preference)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large roasting pan, combine cereal and nuts; set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, cinnamon, and ginger. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over cereal mixture; stir gently to coat.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring twice. Remove from overn. Spread mixture onto a large piece of buttered foil and let cool. (NOTE: I use butter-flavored cooking spray and it works just as well.) When cooled, break into pieces and place in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate covered raisins, and chocolate chips. Place in an airtight container (can be stored at room temperature for up to one week), or into canning jars or other pretty jars to give as gifts.

Makes 16 cups.

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