Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Chocolate Toffee Munchies

The Inspiration...


      Fall Break is here, which means all the family vacations are on their way too :0) What is a better way to spend the long hours in the car then with a big handful of delicious munchies? :0) Well I have the munchie snack for you!!!

     This inspiration all started when my sister was given a snack calendar, and the snack she needed to bring in to here class was Chocolate Chex cereal and milk. I had never tried Chocolate Chex, and it had been a while since I tasted a Chex cereal at all. Let me just say, if you haven't tried Chocolate Chex cereal... you are missing out! This isn't like Cocoa Puffs cereal, where it is overly chocolaty and sweet. It is mixed with some regular Chex cereal so that the cereal isn't overly coated with chocolate. I love this cereal dry, like a snack rather than an actual cereal.

     Want to know a fun fact about Cupcake Carina? I like to read cereal boxes from top to bottom, and cover to cover (And usually more than once) :0). As you can imagine, I naturally read the Chocolate Chex cereal box. While deep into cereal box land, I cam across one of the 15 minute trail mix recipes that seemed to look absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I got super excited and wanted to try it out as soon as a could. Sadly, I wasn't on Fall Break when I discovered the recipe, and had to wait until my schedule gave me some free time, so in other words, I had to wait until I was on Fall Break :0)

    I tried out the recipe, and let me warn you... this is one of those recipes you keep coming back for more! It is very easy to make, but I felt that the recipe wasn't very descriptive in what they were asking, so I adjusted some of the steps of the recipe for you. Hope you enjoy it!

The Recipe...

Note: This recipe isn't one you can leave alone halfway through, it goes by fast! Like when ever working with melted chocolate, you need to pick up the pace before it hardens :0)

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups of Chocolate Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups of Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup of Bite-Size Pretzel Twists
  • 1 cup of Pecan Halves
  • 1/2 cup of Toffee Bits (I used Heath Bar Bits)
  • 1 Tbsp. Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 tsp. Hot Water
  • 1 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup of Butter
  • 1 cup of Powdered Sugar
Directions:

Step 1: In a large bowl, mix cereals, pretzels, and pecans.



Step 2: Sprinkle Toffee Bits on top of the cereal mixture.



Step 3: In a small microwaveable-safe bowl, stir coffee granules and water until coffee is dissolved.
 

 
Step 4: Add chocolate chips and butter to the coffee mixture. Microwave uncovered on high for a minute, and stir. Then microwave another 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth.
 
Step 5: Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal mixture, and stir until evenly coated.



Step 6: Add powdered sugar to mixture and toss with your hands until the mixture until evenly coated.
 
 
 
Step 7: Spread mixture onto wax paper, parchment paper, or a Silpat to cool. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!



Chocolate Toffee Munchies


Ingredients:
  • 4 cups of Chocolate Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups of Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup of Bite-Size Pretzel Twists
  • 1 cup of Pecan Halves
  • 1/2 cup of Toffee Bits (I used Heath Bar Bits)
  • 1 Tbsp. Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 tsp. Hot Water
  • 1 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup of Butter
  • 1 cup of Powdered Sugar
Directions:
 
Step 1: In a large bowl, mix cereals, pretzels, and pecans.

Step 2: Sprinkle Toffee Bits on top of the cereal mixture. 
Step 3: In a small microwaveable-safe bowl, stir coffee granules and water until coffee is dissolved.
Step 4: Add chocolate chips and butter to the coffee mixture. Microwave uncovered on high for a minute, and stir. Then microwave another 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth.
Step 5: Pour mixture over the cereal mixture, and stir until evenly coated.
Step 6: Add powdered sugar to mixture and toss with your hands until the mixture until evenly coated.
Step 7: Spread mixture onto wax paper, parchment paper, or a Silpat to cool. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. Looks great! I will try these for an after school snack! <3

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    1. Thank you! You will LOVE these munchies!!

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  2. Yum!! I love this new twist on a chex mix---Is there really only one teaspoon of water to dissolve the instant coffee?? just checking? Enjoy your snack--looks really tasty!! XOXOXO Nanny

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    1. Yes, there is only 1 tsp. of water for the coffee, it doesn't seem like much, but it will create a thicker coffee substance which is just what you want for the chocolate :0) The munchies were so good that I just made a 2nd batch yesterday, but we added more nuts to the batch, almonds, peanuts, and double the amount of pecans!! :0) See you soon! XOXO Carina

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  3. Thanks Carina--sounds good--I hope to try these soon!! Sounds like they are a hit at your house!!!!XOXONanny

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