Although the arrival of October generally leads to the beginnings of our interesting winters, it also means that homes across the plains will soon be filled with family, friends, laughter and the mouth-watering scents coming from the kitchen. We started verbally planning out our menu a couple of weeks ago, which will consist of the usual feast ingredients – turkey, stuffing, potatoes, brussel sprouts & my son’s favorite - fruit salad. I always try to make a large batch of fresh dinner buns. Not necessarily to eat during our meal but let’s face it, there is nothing better than enjoying a turkey bun or two after all is said and done. My downfall during any special occasion cooking marathon is forgetting to prepare or eat anything before the big meal is ready. Needless to say that by the time the food hits the table there are two scenarios that us cooks find ourselves in. We either A) Cannot get the food in our mouths fast enough or B) We are already full from “sampling” ingredients going into recipes throughout the day. This year I’m hoping to alleviate this trait by making some simple snacks that will curb the hunger pangs in all of us, without filling up for the main event. On that note, I will be the first to admit I’ve already purchased Halloween candy. 2 boxes so far…and maybe a bag of Rockets. Okay, okay I’ve also bought a few sweet fall treats from the bulk section too, if I’m completely coming clean. I honestly blame it on the appearance of Tootsie Rolls. It’s really all their fault. I thought it might be cool to make some sort of snack mix – something that combines a nice amount of salty & sweet. The sweet coming from fall treats purchased and salty from other snack items one may have on hand (pretzels, Goldfish crackers, etc.) & voila! Harvest Hash Mix created.
For the Mix:
· 1 box Rice Chex
· 1 bag Bugles
· 4 Cups Pretzels
· 1 Cups Candy Corn
· 1 Cup candy Pumpkins
· 1 8 oz. bag Reese’s Pieces
For the Sauce:
· ¾ Cup Butter, melted
· ¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
· 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1. Preheat oven to 275.
2. Melt butter in saucepan adding the brown sugar & vanilla extract, whisking well to incorporate.
3. In a large bowl, add the Chex, Bugles & Pretzels (or whatever you have on hand).
4. Pour the sauce over the cereal mix and toss gently to evenly coat.
5. Grease 2 large cookie sheets & divide cereal mixture in even layers.
6. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Add your candy corn, candy pumpkins & Reese’s Pieces. Toss to combine.
At first I wasn’t 100 % convinced that this snack would be my thing but after a couple of handfuls I was hooked…kind of like eating Chicago Mix…you can’t really stop eating it until it’s gone!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend full of thanks & giving. xo