Monday, October 03, 2011

Crispy Butterscotch Snack Mix

For those who don't know me well, I am a crafter and a scrapbooker.  I've been an active member of an online scrapbooking message board for several years.  Once or twice a year I either organize or attend scrapbook retreat weekends with some of the ladies from this group.  This past weekend I attended a retreat organized by one of the other members from the board.  I had a great time meeting a couple of new ladies, visiting with some fellow scrapbookers whom I have met and become friends with over the years and I also had the chance to meet in person for the first time our hostess, a scrapbook friend whom I have known for many years, but never had the chance to connect with face to face.  We had a fabulous weekend together socializing, scrapping, and snacking.

I haven't met a scrapper yet who doesn't like to snack while she scraps, and I wanted to make something special to share with my fellow scrapping friends.  I came up with this recipe.  It was a big hit with the girls at the retreat this past weekend.  From what I was told by my husband the leftovers were a big hit with his co-workers today, so I decided that this was an original recipe of mine that was worth writing down for future use and sharing with you, my blog readers.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it and sharing it with friends.  Trust me when I say that you will want to share this snack mix with friends.  Not only does it make a lot, but it is also so tasty that I think it could easily become an addiction.

Crispy Butterscotch Snack Mix


1 17.9 oz box of Kellogg’s Crispix cereal
½ lb butter-toffee covered peanuts
1-½ 16 oz bags of mini pretzel twists
2 c plain M & M candies
1 12 oz bag of milk chocolate chips
1 12 oz bag of butterscotch chips


Line two large cookie sheets with silicone baking mats, or line them with parchment baking paper and then coat well with not stick cooking spray.  Set aside.  In a large bowl mix together Crispix cereal, butter-toffee covered peanuts, mini pretzel twists and plain M & M candies.  In a microwave heat milk chocolate chips in a microwave safe glass container for 30 seconds and then stir well.  Keep heating the chocolate in 10-second increments, checking the chocolate and stirring each time until it is thoroughly melted.  Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal mixture and stir gently with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula until the mixture is well coated in chocolate.  Spread the mixture out into a thin layer on the lined baking sheets.  In a second microwave safe glass bowl heat the butterscotch chips for 30 seconds and then stir well.  Keep heating the butterscotch chips in 10-second increments, checking the butterscotch chips and stirring each time until the butterscotch is thoroughly melted.  Using a metal spoon or a spatula drizzle the melted butterscotch over the cereal mixture in a quick back and forth fashion until the cereal is well coated with the butterscotch, but some mixture is still showing through just a bit.  Loosely cover the cookie sheets with foil or plastic and refrigerate until the chocolate and butterscotch is set, approximately ½ hour.  Remove the mixture from the refrigerator, break in to smaller pieces and serve.

When the holidays come around I am always trying to think of thoughtful, cute and inexpensive gift giving ideas.  The Crispy Butterscotch Snack Mix would make a tasty gift and there are so many cute ways you could present it.

Here are a few ideas:

Place some in a cellophane bag and tie with a cute ribbon, add a gift tag and you will have a great, yet easy to make gift for your favorite ghost or goblin.

For the holidays you could fill canning jars with Crispy Butterscotch Snack Mix and then top them with a circle of cute holiday print material, wrap a ribbon around the neck of the jar and give them as gifts to your children’s teachers or your neighbors.

As a Christmas gift for friends or co-workers - save and clean your Starbucks frappuccino bottles or canning jars.  Decorate and fill each bottle or jar with the butter-toffee covered peanuts, M & M candies, milk chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips.  Place the bottles or jars in a basket with a smaller box of Kellogg’s Crispix cereal and 1 bag of mini pretzel twists, wrap in cellophane and attach the recipe and instructions for a “do-it yourself” snack mix kit.

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1 comment:

Melinda said...

Sounds yummy! I think I need to start scrapbooking so I can come to your retreat! :)