I am spending a couple of days this week reposting the recipes that
I have shared at Somewhat Simple over the past several months
as Food Contributor.
One of our favorite family treats is a little heavenly snack we call Num Num mix. We were introduced to it years ago by a friend, and it has been on our must make list since. This snack is AH-dictive. We make it for traveling. We make it for holidays. We make it for goody bags for neighbors and friends. We make it just because it is Friday...okay or any day.
I am not kidding when I tell you this simple, buttery, sugary, tastes like the much more delectable cousin of a rice crispy treat, is one of the best treats you will eat. I know the ingredient are daunting...not in the hard-to-find-way or the too-difficult-to-use way, but more in the how-much-butter-can-a-person-eat way and a hide-the-scale-after-I-eat-the-whole-batch way. Don't fret about it too much...just don't make it everyday...or every week for that matter. PLUS when you make it, do as I do...always set some aside for your closest friend. Okay now are you ready for the how-to of this yummy treat?
Num Num Mix:
Here is what you need:
1 1/2 cup light karo syrup
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (I know, I know)
1/2 box of corn Chex, 1/2 box of rice Chex
Cooking Spray (for your hands)
Combine the Chex into a large bowl. Set aside.
In a medium sauce pan that is deep, put syrup, sugar, and butter. Heat it over med high heat. Stir pretty regularly. The mixture will start to dissolve. Once it dissolves continue to heat till boiling. When the mixture starts to boil, stir constantly and allow the mixture to boil for 3 minutes.
After the 3 minutes is up, remove from the heat. Carefully...because this syrup mixture is stinkin' hot...carry the pan over to the bowl with the Chex in it. Pour the syrup over the cereal. With a rubber spatula begin to gently combine the cereal and the syrup. Stir until the cereal is covered evenly.
Now here is the secret to keeping this snack chewy and ooey gooey. It needs to be monitored as it cools, and it is best to spread it out to cool. SO now is the time to bring out some cookie sheets. Dump the mixture equally between 2-3 cookie sheets. Get out your cooking spray. Spray your hands...I know tricky.
With freshly greased hands, separate the cereal pieces from each other and spread them out on the cookies sheets.
Now go wash your hands.
Over the next 30 minutes to an hour keep turning the cereal over and separating every 15 minutes or so. No need for cooking spray anymore. You want to continue to keep it moving while it cools. Basically you don't have to separate it anymore once it has cooled.
Once it has cooled you can store it or give it away.
You can serve it up and enjoy a lovely treat.