Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cinnamon Churro Chex Mix


Ah Cinnamon. Ah Chex Mix. Ah CHURROS.

Simply delightful.

I knew when I saw this recipe on the ever lovely Pinterest I knew I had to eventually make it. I made two major alterations to her original recipe.

This recipe is fast and yummy. The hardest part of this recipe is simply finding the cinnamon chips. Once you find yourself some of those, well my friends a Churro-riffic, snack-tastic treat of epic proportions is soon yours.

Enjoy. We sure did!

Cinnamon Churro Chex Mix
adapted from this pin


9 cups rice Chex cereal
3 cups cinnamon chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Pour Chex cereal into a bowl. Set aside. Combine sugars and cinnamon in another small bowl. Set aside.

In a microwavable bowl, melt the cinnamon chips. Heat for 1 minute then stir. Heat for an additional 30 seconds. Stir. Continue with additional 30 seconds until completely melted. Pour melted cinnamon chips over the cereal. Stir until cereal is well coated.

Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Toss to coat. Pour out the cereal onto a cookie sheet. Continue to sprinkle and toss the cereal with the rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Now go ahead and snack away!

66 comments:

Diana said...

Oooh, I have this pinned on my Cinco de Mayo board... good to see it get a thumbs up!

Katie Mitchell said...

Sounds so good! I think I'll make it for my book club next week.

Jennifer Martin said...

This makes me happy. :) I am addicted to cinnamon chips.

Tamie said...

where did you find your cinnamon baking chips?

Houston and Audrey said...

This was so easy and good!! thanks!!

Tommy, Melissa, Gregory said...

What are cinnamon chips? I feel dumb.

Larissa said...

Tamie and Melissa...cinnamon chips are tricky to find. Sometimes (seasonally)Toll House makes some and you can find them in stores.

I had trouble finding them and finally got them at a specialty baking store near where I live.

My advice...once you find them, stock up a bit :). Use them once and then you realize how many things cinnamon chips can go in.

Good Luck!!!

TJ said...

Ok, I have questions. I'd like to know why you made the alterations you did? Also, I had a lot of trouble with the chips coming close to seizing. It was really hard to work with them. I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong. Any suggestions? I was able to salvage the recipe, and my kids enjoyed them for an afterschool snack. Just didn't come together smoothly.

Larissa said...

TJ,

I omitted the butter because is was a minimal amount and my chips were more "buttery" (for a better word) than the Tollhouse ones.

Since I omitted the butter and my chips were a small size I added more chips because the originally called for amount did not cover the cereal.

As for the chips seizing...one of the factors could be if it was heated up too fast or too long. It could also be the type of chips...if you used the Tollhouse ones the butter might help.

For me, traditionally it is the first reason. The chips just heat up too fast and too long.

Hopefully that helps!!

JML316 said...

Awesome recipe, and I agree...no need for the butter. Used Hershey's brand cin chips and they melted perfectly. Yum!!

Larissa said...

JML,

SO glad it worked out for you!!!

Jenna Sullivan said...

These look delicious - I love churros, but I don't love the work of deep frying and oil everywhere. I can't wait to try these. The original muddy buddies are so addicting, I'm sure these are too!

Brendon said...

Gluten free!!!

agirloutthere said...

We have peanut and nut allergies, so I was thrilled to see this recipe, while a similar idea to the traditional puppy chow, it is something unique and all it's own. Can't wait to try it out!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

I am so glad this recipe is good for allergies...I don't have any of those issues with my boys, so I wasn't thinking about it, but I am glad that it offers something yummy for those with allergies!

AmyC65 said...

Weaver Nut Co., out of Lancaster Cty PA, sells Wilbur brand Cinnamon "drops". Wilbur is a small, family run chocolate factory in nearby Lititz, PA. You have to phone an order to Weaver but they ship very fast.

https://www.weavernut.com/product/product.php?prodid=2566&chgm=30

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Amy,

Thanks for the info and the link!

Runs like Doe said...

A great trick that I've used when making Muddy Buddies (a very similar chocolatey version of this) is to put your cereal in a big plastic bag, pour the chocolate over it, keep as much air in it as possible and shake it! I even add my powdered sugar right into the bag. So much less messy! I didn't even realize that they made cinnamon chips. I'm allergic to gluten, and churros are one of the things I miss most! So excited to see if this fills my flavor cravings!

Gayle said...

Meijer and WalMart carry the Cinnamon chips... They are in the baking aisle with the chocolate chips

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Oooh, using a bag would have been easier for sure!

McKenzie said...

Any idea on how long the shelf life for these are? I was thinking of sending some to a friend in the mail.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

I stored my left over mix in a gallon ziploc bag and it lasted for about 2 weeks. By the end of the 2 weeks it was a little drier, but still pretty tasty.

sumbeen said...

I found the cinnamon chips in bulk at our local Amish store ( I live in the mitten state). Some of the bigger Amish chain stores are E&S and Forks.

Deblyn0123 said...

I can't find the cinnamon chips at Walmart. Could they possibly be a seasonal item?

Rae said...

Sounds amazing! I wonder if white chips would work with a little cinnamon candy flavor added? Or some penzey's cinnamon?

Sara Pretl said...

Hey! I was wondering if anyone has tried subing white choc chips and extra cinnamon (and maybe extra sugar?) for the cinnamon chips...

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Cinnamon Chips at Walmart are seasonal. I have found that people have the most luck finding them at specialty baking stores year round.

I have never tried substituting white chocolate chips and cinnamon flavoring. I would love to know if someone tries it and it works!

Lynn - A Foodie and Her Family and Crafty Lynn said...

It has taken me weeks to find Hershey's Cinnamon Chips and after a dozen pages of google, I found a link at Hersheys.

http://www.thehersheycompany.com/contact-us.aspx

There is a link on how to find "Hard to Locate Products".

Looks like Walmart does not carry them anymore. Luckily for me I found them at Winn Dixie.

Kyra Newberry said...

Just used white chocolate chips (couldn't find cinnamon chips anywhere!!) I also substituted with cinnamon oat squares instead of rice squares. We think it turned out great! No complaining from my family. I did add an extra tsp of cinnamon to the sugar mixture as well. Yum!

Jan said...

Albertson stores carry cinnamon chips all year round

Jan said...

Albertson stores carry them all year longri

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Kyra,

Sound yummy!

Jan,

Good to know!

Cassy said...

This was my third time making it. I thought it was a little too much cinnamon. So, this time I used 2 C of the cinnamon chips and a mixture of butterscotch and white chocolate chips for the last cup. Adding these other chips in made the mixture a bit more creamy and easier to mix with the chex. I changed nothing in the sugar mixture. It came out perfect!

amanda_v said...

How many cups are in a 10 oz. package? I want to buy some off the Hershey's website, but I don't know how many 10 oz. bags to order.

Thanks!!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Cups in a bag will vary depending on brand, type of chips, and so on.

My Hershey milk chocolate chip bag is 11.5 oz and measures 2 cups. I would guess that their cinnamon chip bag should be close to that.

Hope that helps!

The Goffs said...

These look SO yummy & I can't wait to try them! I love the alterations you made to the original recipe you found.

@amanda_v- on the Hershey website look at the picture of the bag of chips. There is a measuring cup on it that says 1 1/2 C. Hope that helps ;)

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Thanks for the info!

banana pancakes said...

Larissa,

I would love to make these for my class but I have nut allergies and a wheat and soy allegies. Any suggestions for alterations for me?

Thanks,
Michelle

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Michelle,

You are in luck then! These do not have nuts. AND if you use Rice Chex then there is no wheat.

I am not sure if the cinnamon chips have soy, but I don't think they do. You will have to check whatever brand you use.

Amber Davis said...

I'm so excited to finally try this! After months of looking I finally found the cinnamon chips at Safeway yesterday! Now all I have to do is go buy myself some chex!

banana pancakes said...

Larissa,

Thanks so much for getting back to me and I will most definitely be using this for my class.

Thanks again
Michelle

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Amber, Yay I am so happy you found them!

Melinda Sanders said...

I just made these and they are so good! I found the cinnamon baking chips at Albertson's. Hope that helps!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Good to know Albertson's has them too. Glad you enjoyed them!

Michelle said...

I made these, I thought they were a little too sweet. My kids loved them! I think next time I will use 1 1/2 or 2 cups of the cinnamon chips instead. I ended up adding another 3 or 4 cups of plain cereal to decrease the sweetness.

Thanks for sharing! I used cinnamon chips I ordered from Prepared Pantry.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Michelle,

Glad you were able to make it to your liking.

I got my chips from The Prepared Pantry too!! Small world!

MammaEndo said...

Hi!
i recently found your Cinnamon Churro Chex Mix recipe on pinterest. Thank you so much! These are sooooo yummy!!
I have never made any kind of "puppy chow" before and I was wondering what is the best way to keep it fresh. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks Again,
-MammaEndo

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

MammaEndo-

SO happy you enjoyed this mix. I find that the best way to keep them is either in a gallon freezer ziploc bag OR an airtight container.

We never have ours around for that long...hahaha...pretty much because we have no self control.

ravendance said...

Just finished making a batch of this because I just loooove churros! It turned out pretty good. I used only 2 cups of cinnamon chips (mainly because that was about all that was in the bag I bought from the local Amish market), but it still was more than enough to cover all of the cereal. When I do this again, I'll probably add more cinnamon to the coating because the chips themselves weren't very cinnamon-y to me. I might decrease the powdered sugar as well since every churro I've ever eaten has not had powdered sugar and it just seems to make them a bit too sweet to me. Otherwise, it is yummy!

Kendra Fletcher said...

King Arthur also carries cinnamon chips:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/cinnamon-mini-baking-chips-16-oz#1604#

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Thanks for the link!!! It is good to know.

Shannon said...

I found cinnamon chips online at http://www.hersheysstore.com/product_detail.do?q=7688&promoCode=HSHPAYPCWEBMACSS&kw={keyword}

Sarah C said...

If anyone's in the New England area, Stop&Shop carries cinnamon chips!

I made this recipe today and it was delicious! It's definitely a keeper :D

Jennifer W said...

FYI, 1 bag of chips is only 1.5 cups. Sad that I could only make 1/2 the recipe today... :(

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Jennifer! That is sad! Bags of cinnamon chips will vary. Mine comes from a specialty baking store and has almost 6 cups in the bag.

Hope it goes better next time you want to make it!

Unknown said...

I made this tonight. It is so good. Found Hershey's Cinnamon chips at Kroger. Thank you for the recipe. Merry Christmas.
Lisa G in Tn.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Lisa, I am so glad. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you as well.

Emclenaghan said...

I could only find one bag of cinnamon chips so I subbed in a bag of white chocolate chips. It's super good!!

Lisa Velasco said...

I really want to make this today for tomorrow but no cinnamon chips to be found anywhere :/ what's a good substitution for it?

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

A good substitution is white chocolate chips and some ground cinnamon. Play with the ratios of cinnamon till you get a flavor you like.

Geradine said...

This looks oh so absolutely delish, I can't believe how bad I want them right now!

Christine Shaffner said...

We made it with chocolate chips instead... same amount of cinnamon, AWESOME... still tasted like churro a lot of times you dip churros in chocolate anyway!! Thanks!!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

What a yummy sounding variation! Thanks for sharing.

K said...

I shared your recipe on my blog today. This stuff is truly ADDICTIVE! Thank you! http://thegirlkyle.com/blog/2013/3/3/the-girl-bakes-churro-people-chow#

scarlet said...

I found the cinnamon chips by Hershey...online too:
http://www.hersheysstore.com/product_detail.do?q=7688&promoCode=HSHPAYPCWEBMACSS&kw={keyword}

Catie W said...

I made these and everyone fell in love with them. Thank you! I give them away at Christmas and make individual bags for my son to take to college with him.

The only place I have found the cinnamon chips has been Hershey's brand at Walmart, and I stock up on them like you mentioned.

Great recipe! Thanks again!

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