Praline Crunch Snack Mix – Looking for something crispy and absolutely irresistible? You’ve come to the place with this recipe, for homemade Praline Crunch Snack Mix! Filled with a combination of Crispix cereal, pecans, brown sugar, and more this snack mix is guaranteed to please any crowd. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, having a movie night, or simply enjoying an evening at home it’s sure to satisfy your cravings for something sugary.
The first time I whipped up a batch of this Praline Crunch Snack Mix was during a family movie night. The kitchen filled with the aroma of caramelized sugar and butter drawing everyone in with excitement. Soon as it was ready to devour we all dug in eagerly and instantly fell in love with the mix. Surprisingly even my husband, who isn’t typically fond of snacks couldn’t resist asking for seconds. My little one couldn’t stop munching on it either! Ever since then, it has become a beloved family favorite that never fails to bring smiles whenever we make it.
What makes this Praline Crunch Snack Mix truly special?
What makes this Praline Crunch Snack Mix truly special is its blend of convenience and versatility which makes it an exceptional choice, for any occasion. It’s incredibly easy to prepare. 10 minutes of prep time using pantry staples are all you need. The delightful combination of Crispix cereal mingled with the crunchiness of pecans coated in a luscious homemade caramel glaze creates an addictive snack that is both satisfying and deliciously moreish.
This recipe is so versatile giving you the chance to put your spin on it by adding nuts or dried fruits. It’s perfect, for any occasion. Taste preference. Whether you’re having a movie night, with your family or hosting a fun get-together this snack mix is guaranteed to please everyone and make for a treat.
What You Need To Make This Praline Crunch Snack Mix Recipe?
Crispix Cereal: The star of our snack mix! Crispixs unique shape and texture are perfect, for capturing and embracing the delicious caramel coating. Its light crispy bite creates a contrast to the toppings.
Salted Pecan Halves: These aren’t any nuts; they’re the heart of our recipe. The salted pecans bring a balance with their crunch and hint of salt cutting through the sweetness of the caramel. Every bite becomes a harmony of flavors.
Packed Brown Sugar: The essential foundation for our caramel glaze. When packed brown sugar brings a molasses-like sweetness that adds to the rich and complex flavor profile of our snack mix. Its ability to caramelize is crucial in achieving that coating we all adore.
Corn Syrup: The ingredient for achieving an evenly coated snack mix. Corn syrup acts as a stabilizer in our caramel preventing crystallization and ensuring a texture that beautifully drapes over each piece of cereal and pecan.
Butter: More, than providing content butter is what elevates the flavor in our mix. It adds a velvety richness that blends harmoniously with the sugar and corn syrup to create a luxurious and comforting caramel experience.
Vanilla Extract: Adding a hint of vanilla extract takes the mix from delicious to heavenly. It imparts a warmth that perfectly balances the sweetness and adds a rich depth of flavor making the snack mix irresistibly addictive and unforgettable.
Baking Soda: Although it may seem like a small ingredient its impact is far, from small. Baking soda reacts with the caramel creating bubbles that give a lightness to the texture. This ensures that the coating is wonderfully crunchy of being overly hard—a detail that truly makes all the difference, in enhancing the overall experience.
Steps To Make Praline Crunch Snack Mix:
Step 1: To start preheat your oven to 250ºF, which will provide a heat that ensures our mixture becomes crispy.
Step 2: Take a bowl. Mix the cereal and pecans together with care.
Step 3: In a saucepan, over medium-high heat combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Bring the mixture to a boil while occasionally stirring. Once it has boiled, remove it from the heat. Carefully stir in the vanilla extract and baking soda.
Step 4: Pour this mixture over the cereal and pecans ensuring that each piece is coated evenly.
Step 5: Transfer this mixture into a 9×13 inch pan. Bake it. Remember to stir every 20 minutes during baking to ensure that each piece becomes crispy and golden.
Step 6: After an hour of baking spread the mixture onto either wax or parchment paper. Let it cool down before breaking it into pieces.
To take your Praline Crunch Snack Mix to the level of gourmet goodness focus on achieving a glaze coating. The key lies in how you combine the caramel, with Crispix cereal and pecans. Instead of pouring the caramel over gently fold it in using a spatula to ensure that every piece of cereal and each half of pecan is thoroughly and evenly coated. This technique ensures that the flavors are evenly distributed, avoiding saturated areas or dry patches. The end result? Each bite offers a blend of crispy cereal indulgent caramel and nutty pecans that will make your snack mix absolutely irresistible from the handful, to the very last one.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use a different type of nut?
Sure! You can definitely try using a kind of nut. Almonds or walnuts would work well as alternatives.
How long does the snack mix stay fresh?
If you store it in an airtight container the snack mix should stay fresh for a week.
Can I add chocolate chips?
You can absolutely add chocolate chips! Just make sure to add them after baking so they don’t melt completely.
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