A Bowl Game Snack Riddle
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
What's black and white and purple all over?
Hugs candies, unwrapped
Colored candy discs
Colored M & Ms
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Line up square pretzels in rows on parchment-covered cookie sheets. Top each pretzel with either an unwrapped Hugs candy or a colored candy disc (in this case, purple!) I purchased the candy discs at a party store.
Put the cookie sheets in the oven for about 2 minutes. Test to see if the Hugs or the candy discs have started to melt. If they haven't, put them in for another minute or so. If they have started to melt sufficiently, remove from oven and top each with an M & M, pressing it in. (For Brent's graduation party, I topped each Hugs with a purple M & M and each purple disc with a white M & M. I bought the specialty colors at the party store.)
For Christmas, I used this same recipe. I topped each Hugs candy with a green M & M. I purchased green discs at the party store and topped each of those with a red M & M. I used these for our family Christmas gatherings, as well as giving them away with cookie and snack trays for the mailman, neighbors, etc.
You could adapt this recipe to any holiday, too. Use red and white M & Ms for Valentine's Day. Use pastel discs and M & Ms for Easter. And so on and so forth!
(The Powercat in the middle was made by melting purple candy coating and pouring into a mold.)
Toffee Snack Mix
12 cups cereal, pretzels, nuts
2/3 cup butter (no substitutes)
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
This time, I used Chocolate Chex and mini pretzels. I sometimes have trouble finding Chocolate Chex. You can use Rice Chex or Crispix. I have also used fancy mixed nuts - just any combination of 12 cups of dry ingredients. Combine in large bowl.
Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan. After mixture begins to boil, time boiling for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Pour over cereal mixture, mixing well. Pour out onto waxed or parchment paper. Break snack mix apart periodically while it cools. Store in airtight container.
Optional: The original recipe didn't call for chocolate. When I do the mix using chocolate, I make the mix as directed above. Then, I melt about 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (use the kind of chocolate you like: You can use milk chocolate or white chocolate). Pour it over the snack mix. I have tried to drizzle it, but I find it works just as well to spread over the snack mix and then lightly mix it or spread it.
Usually, if I add the chocolate, I put the snack mix on parchment-lined cookie sheets and then put it in the fridge to get it to set up faster.
Bring on the 'Cats!
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