Chex mix is always a crowd pleaser and works great as a quick gift as well! It is also easy to involve the kids by having them measure the cereal, popcorn and mix it up (with supervision of course!). This blend is easy to mix up and always gets rave reviews.
Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn Chex Mix
1 stick of butter
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of dark corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6-8 cups of popped buttered popcorn
4-6 cups of rice Chex
1 cup of cinnamon Life (optional - you use all Chex)
Combine the popcorn and cereal in a large bowl or pan. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add sugar and corn syrup until well combined. Make sure to stir frequently so it does not burn. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon and vanilla. Drizzle the syrup mixture over the popcorn mixture and stir gently to incorporate. If you want to add sprinkles (a kid favorite)... make sure to do it while the syrup is still slightly warm so they stick but not too hot or they will disolve. Store in an plastic bag or air tight container.
Tip: This mix is not overly sweet and the coating is meant to add a light glaze, rather than completely coat every piece of popcorn and cereal. If you want it fully glazed, you can double the syrup mixture.
This is great to put in a mason jar or bag up for a quick treat for a friend or teacher!