Thursday, December 19, 2013 Posted by Dina N
I got some good snack-making inspiration from General Mills. They sent me an exclusive recipe for Tropical Island Chex® Party Mix as well as all of the ingredients to make it. It's easy to put together, and the party mix can be prepared in the microwave or in the oven. I went the latter route, since I love baking smells and any extra heat is welcome, now that temps are most definitely winter-y.
Basically, you mix the dry ingredients, heat the butter, brown sugar and fruit concentrate in a saucepan, then pour it over everything and stir well. Bake for half an hour at 300 F, let cool and enjoy! Mine turned out so well, I had to make another batch the next day - hence the cereal stocking up trip.
Some of the dried fruit in my first mix was yogurt-covered. The yogurt melted, of course, causing some stickiness in the mix. The second time around, I took out anything yogurt-y before I poured the hot butter and baked it.
If you have a hankering for some homemade Chex party mix, head over to Publix. You can save $1.00 off 2 Chex® cereals with the coupon in the “All The Trimmings” booklet, available now until 12/31/13 in Publix stores.
Tropical Island Chex® Party Mix Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Start to finish: 15 minutes
20 servings (1/2 cup each)
8 cups Rice Chex® cereal
1 cup shredded coconut, if desired (I skipped it because eldest daughter, alas, cares not for coconut)
1 cup dried banana chips
1 package (7 oz) dried tropical fruit mix
1 jar (3 oz) macadamia nuts
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup frozen (thawed) pineapple or orange juice concentrate
- In a large microwaveable bowl, mix cereal, coconut, banana chips, tropical fruit mix and nuts.
- In a microwaveable measuring cup, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in brown sugar and juice concentrate. Microwave uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until hot; stir. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered on High 6-8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until mixture just begins to brown.
- Spread on waxed paper of foil to cool. Store in airtight container.
Preheat oven to 300F. In ungreased large roasting pan, mix cereal, coconut, banana chips, tropical fruit mix and nuts. In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar and juice concentrate over medium heat until hot. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Bake uncovered 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper or foil co cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.
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