Sunday, January 10, 2010

Reindeer Munchies!

This yummy little snack shows up every Christmas at our homes. It is highly addictive, very easy to throw together, and makes great gift jars for teachers, the postman, the UPS man, the bus driver, the swim name it. Everybody loves Reindeer Munchies! It's one of those snacks that you keep coming back to until the bowl is empty. But here's the great can make it any time of the year! Sheri just dubbed them Reindeer Munchies one Christmas to be festive...and they've been called that in our families ever since. So even though Christmas is over, please try won't regret it!

We prefer to use the cereals listed, which can always be found at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and other health food stores...or sometimes at Kroger, Giant Eagle, or Meijer in their Natural Foods section. OR you can certainly substitute any other cereals you KNOW how we feel about winging it! Feel free to make it as written below, or add things you think might make it even better. We like to add dried apricots, cherries, or cranberries to ours for a little zing...but it's perfectly perfect as the basic recipe as well.

Reindeer Munchies

1/2 Box Barbara's Puffins Corn Cereal
1/2 Box Vanilla Almond Crunch Cereal
1/2 Cup Brown Rice Syrup or KaroSyrup
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Butter
One Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Cups Pecans (optional)

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Mix cereals in a 9x13 pan. Combine syrup, sugar, and butter in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and baking soda and pour over cereal mixture. Stir to coat.

Bake one hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Spread out on a baking sheet to cool. When cool, break into pieces, and enjoy!


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