Caramel Chex

Gluttony over the holiday season is a family tradition.  So this year, to do my part, I made a big batch of this Caramel Chex mix which was an instant hit.  It’s one of my new favorite gift recipes because the compliments to prep time ratio is totally in your favor.  I made the entire thing in the microwave in 25 minutes.  Gotta love it.

Here’s what you need:
6 cups rice chex
6 cups corn chex
1 bag Brach’s caramels
4 TBSP butter
4 TBSP milk
1 cup chocolate chips

Here’s how to make it happen:
In a glass (microwave safe) bowl mix unwrapped caramels, milk and butter.  Microwave on high for about 4 minutes – stirring well after each minute to avoid burning – until the caramels are completely melted.  Add in the cereal and stir until coated.  Microwave the cereal mixture on high for 4 to 5 more minutes – again, stirring well after each minute to avoid burns – or until the mixture begins to brown and smells all nutty and delicious.  Spread onto a wax-paper covered baking sheet to cool.

In a smaller glass (microwave safe) bowl pour chocolate chips for melting.  (Helpful Hint: I also add a bit of shortening to make the chocolate smoother and better for drizzling.) Microwave on high – stirring after each minute to avoid burning – until the chocolate is completely melted.  Drizzle over the cooling cereal mix.

Let stand for 30 minutes, or until cooled.  Break into small pieces and store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Caramel Chex

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