Crunchy Caramel Corn Snack Mix
7 cups popped plain popcorn*
- 4 cups crispy rice cereal , such as Chex
- 2 cups mini pretzels
- 1 1/2 cups Fisher Pecan Halves
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter , diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside. Add popped popcorn, rice cereal, pretzels and pecans to an extra large mixing bowl, set aside.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add in brown sugar and corn syrup and bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to boil, without stirring, for 4 – 5 minutes. Remove from heat, whisk in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will bubble up and foam). Immediately pour mixture over popcorn and quickly but gently toss to evenly coat. Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes then remove from oven and toss mixture then spread into an even layer. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let cool then break into bite size pieces.
Recipe source: Cooking Classy