Last Christmas my mom made this chex-mix that was so good. She made it for D, but I definitely ate my fair share. 😉 It was full of bacon, pecans, and a sweet caramel-y goo. Sweet and salty deliciousness. Since we are going to be on the road this weekend for D’s pre-birthday celebration (post about later), I decided to whip a batch up for him.
It was morning, I had my coffee, my breakfast, and I was ready to bake. I no more than opened the cabinet door before I heard a “pop.” One of the brackets holding up a shelf had broke. No big deal. . .But then it was followed by a “snap,” and crash. It all fell. 2 shelves. Awesome.
So I finished my chex-mix, left D a note, and went to work. 🙂
He had it fixed (and organized) when I got home. What a guy!
Anyway. Back to the Chex-Mix. It’s purpose was to curb our hunger on the road, but it is already halfway gone. Whoopsies. The sweetness of the gooey caramel, the salty of the chex-mix, and the chewy bacon make this one a home run. Here’s the line-up.
Combine your 15 oz check-mix, 1 cup pecans, and cooked, chopped bacon in a large mixing bowl. Give it a toss and set aside.
Now, in a small saucepan, add 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, and 1/2 cup butter. Hey, no one said this was healthy.
Heat this over medium to medium-high heat until it all comes together, whisking occasionally. Once it starts to bubble, cook for 4-5 more minutes. Take off of the fire and let cool for 3 minutes.
After 3 minutes, add 1 tsp chipotle powder, dash or two of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
Now take a shot of bourbon, optional of course, and then add 2 TBSP of it to the caramel (I used black crown, it was on hand…shocking 😉 ) Mix all of that up.
Now, all you have to do is slowly pour the gooey caramel over the chex-mix in batches, tossing gently between. You know you’re good to go when the chex-mix is coated throughout.
Foil two cookie sheets, spread the chex-mix evenly over the two pans sprayed with non-stick, and voila!
Pop those guys in a 300°F oven for around 20 minutes. Every 5 minutes, spread the chex-mix around so that it finishes cooking evenly.
After you’ve pulled it from the oven, let it cool for about an hour. I spread mine over some wax paper so it wouldn’t be on the sill hot pan.
Hopefully some of it makes it to the weekend, we’ll see!
I have been trying to applique my throw pillows lately, just for practice. I am only using fabric I have leftover from other projects to save some money, so the colors aren’t ideal, but whatevs. Here’s the latest.
I know, I know. . .how precious. I couldn’t think of anything else to applique, ok?
See ya later. . .Happy Thursday! 🙂