We’re dreaming of the summer here in the Pacific Northwest! The rumor is more SNOW (which we hardly ever get in the lowlands) this weekend. But from Facebook I hear the rest of the country is unseasonably warm … so if you’re summer dreaming, this recipe is for you!
A great “trail mix” not really for the trail, but for the fun summer times when you camp in the backyard or say “goodbye” to school friends for the summer vacation with a little pouch for each. This is just a little something that brings out the “all-American” … maybe it’s the sweetness factor? Will it’s a fun one and the kids can help you put it together and bag it if you’re giving it out. This is also an easy combination to create for bake sales.
Summertime “Trail Mix”
1 -10.5 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
1 – 10 ounce bag of dark chocolate chips
8 ounces cinnamon “mini-toasts” cereal
½ cup popcorn kernels
1 Tablespoon hot cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
12 – ¼ ounce caramel cubes
2 Tablespoons milk (preferably 2% or higher in fat)
1 cup shelled raw peanuts
1. In a very large bowl combine marshmallows, chocolate chips, and cereal.
2. Pop corn kernels in an air popper. Place in a paper bag and dump in cocoa powder while popcorn is fresh and hot. Sprinkle butter over top and shake bag vigorously. Let sit.
3. Place a piece of wax paper (about 9×12 – just eyeball it) on your countertop. In a small sauce pan melt caramels in milk over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until creamy. Remove from heat and add peanuts. Stir until coated. Dump caramel peanuts onto the wax paper to harden and cool.
4. Add popcorn to marshmallow-chips-cereal mix.
5. Once peanuts are cooled (though the caramel will be sticky). Break up in to bit sized chunks and add to “trail mix” to complete.
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