With all of the kids back in school now, I am trying to come up with some more snack options for their lunches. I know they get tired of the same old things. My whole family loves Chex Mix. I make it using my mother-in-law’s recipe and it is awesomely, addictive. Now while I do so enjoy the salty goodness that brings, I wanted to try my hand at a sweet version.
I already had Cinnamon Chex on hand but needed to head to the store for the rest of the components and inspiration. I decided to go with a fall flavor combo since fall is right around the corner and well, fall flavors are my absolute favorite. To me they are just warm and homey.
At the store I decided to pair my Cinnamon Chex with Apple Cinnamon Chex and then lo and behold there were some Dulce De Leche Cheerios. Oh my goodness! Those three were like flavor combo gold to me. Picked up a couple of other items to pair all of this cereal with and headed home.
Once I got home I knew I needed to make this taste like a cross between an apple pie and a caramel apple in a crunchy snack. I think I nailed it and if either of those are flavors you like I highly recommend this. Not only will this make a great lunchbox snack but it will also make a great game day snack this fall.
On a side note: Added benefit, this will make your house smell amazing while it is cooking in the oven!
Caramel Apple Pie Chex Mix
5 c. Cinnamon Chex
5 c. Apple Cinnamon Chex
2 c. Dulce De Leche Cheerios
2 c. Apple Chips (I used Granny Smith)
2 c. Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
12 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. applesauce
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 225°. In a large pan (I use a disposable lasagna foil pan) measure out and add the Chex, Cheerios, Apple Chips and Cinnamon Roasted Almonds.
In a saucepan add the butter, applesauce, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Heat over low heat stirring occasionally. Once it begins to bubble lower heat a bit more and stir until it begins to thicken. (It will go from looking buttery with stuff in it to a consistent brown color that is slightly thick.) Pour the butter mixture over the dry mix in the pan and stir together gently until everything is coated.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Stirring every 15-20 minutes. When done take out and empty onto paper towels and let cool and dry out for half an hour. Then store in airtight container.