Chex® icago Party Mix

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3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal
2 cups bite-size square cheese crackers
3 cups cheese popcorn
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar or molasses
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preparation Directions

1. Mix cereals, 1 cup of the cheese crackers and 2 cups of the popcorn in large, microwavable bowl. Set aside.
2. Place butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt in 2-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave on High 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir; microwave on High until bubbling. Remove from microwave; stir in baking soda. Mixture will foam up, but keep mixing until baking soda is dissolved. Pour over the cereal mixture; stir until fully coated.
3. Microwave on High 4 to 5 minutes, stirring after every minute. Spread on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Let cool for about 5 minutes to let caramel fully harden. Stir in remaining 1 cup cheese crackers and 1 cup popcorn.


Contestant's Tip
"One of my bosses at work brought in some Chicago blend popcorn (caramel popcorn mixed with cheese popcorn) and it was great. I thought of it when this contest came up and made up a Chex® Mix based on it. If you like a lighter caramel, use the brown sugar. If you like a darker, heavier caramel, use the molasses. I like the variation in the flavor, so I withhold a cup of cheese crackers and popcorn until after cooking, but if you want everything coated with caramel, throw it all in!"