I hope you are getting to enjoy a taste of fall in your part of the world. Between cooler temperatures and leaves on the brink of turning from the greens of summer to the vibrant brights of autumn, we’re ready to welcome all that is fall around here! Last week I shared 17 Autumn Desserts with you and today let’s talk sides. These 14 Flavorful Fall Sides to be exact …
A few days ago the idea for Peanut Brittle Chex Mix popped into my mind and wouldn’t let go. I love peanut brittle, but it can be hard to eat sometimes. And I love Chex mix of all kinds. Combining these two snack treats seemed the best of both worlds.
If you’re looking for a snack to share with family and friends over Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, this is the one! We cannot stay out of it. It’s that good!
You know how you can get started with a project that you thought was such a great idea, but then in the middle you really being to wonder? That’s what happened with this recipe. I nearly threw it all in the trash as a big flop, but I’m so glad I didn’t! Here’s how it all came together.
The first thing I did was search for a peanut brittle recipe. I found this one on Betty Crocker. I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to stir the Chex cereal into the hot brittle. I contemplated making toffee instead of the brittle recipe, but decided to go for it.
I made the peanut brittle according to the recipe, then tried to stir the peanuts and cereal into it. Not easy! It also wasn’t possible to spread it into one layer on the cookie sheet. Instead it just clumped together.
You can see in the photo above that the brittle started to harden right away. Strands of sugar formed and pulled thin, scattered web like around the clumps. It was at this point that I really thought I’d wasted the ingredients. We nibbled on it while it was still warm and although it tasted good, it wasn’t great.
But a few hours later, my son came in from work and started pulling off bites. He made me come into the kitchen to taste it again when I explained that it was a flop. “Mom, this is not a flop. This stuff is good!” He was right. It tasted much better than it had earlier.
The next morning I found him in the kitchen eating more of it. He declared it even better than the night before and he was right again. I put it all in a ziplock bag and broke it up with the end of a butter knife, creating small clusters of peanuts, Chex cereal and brittle candy.
It still isn’t beautiful, but it’s so good that we can’t stay out of it. It has all the flavor of peanut brittle, but with an extra crunch from the Chex that makes it easier to eat.
Like so many things in life, if you only look at the middle of the process it looks like a failure. To get to the goal, to make it succeed, you have to keep working with it, give it time and refuse to quit. I have a project right now that feels like I’m lost in the messy, sticky clumped up ball of ingredients. It’s hard to see a way out to the end product, but I’m sticking with it. I bet you have a project like that going on right now too. Don’t give up!
Here’s what you’ll need to make Peanut Brittle Chex Mix:
Peanut Brittle Chex Mix
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 3 Tbs. butter
- 16 oz lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
- 4 cups rice chex cereal
- Stir baking soda, water and vanilla together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Butter two cookie sheets and a large metal or other heat proof bowl. Place these items in the oven at 200 degrees to keep them warm.
- Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in a 3 quart sauce pan. Place a candy thermometer in the pan. Cook over medium heat until the temperature reaches 240 degrees on the thermometer.
- Remove the pans and bowl from the oven. Pour chex and peanuts into the bowl.
- Stir the butter into the candy when it reaches 240 degrees and continue to cook, stirring constantly until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.
- Remove candy from heat and stir in the baking soda mixture. At this point the candy will foam.
- Pour candy over the cereal and peanuts, stirring to try to coat everything with the candy. Work quickly and pour it all onto the warm cookie sheets. Press it out as best you can onto the pans.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Place in plastic zip bags and break by hitting with a butter knife.
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My family loves hummus. Mostly because we love munchy things. Crackers and veggies and a healthy dip will always go over well in this house.
Making hummus isn’t hard, but it does require buying a few not-so-common ingredients. So when I heard that BUSH’S® recently introduced Hummus Made Easy, I was all in!
Bonus – it’s every bit as good as I hoped!
You combine a can of BUSH’S® Garbanzos with the packet of Hummus Made Easy and ta-da! You’ve got great tasting hummus.
The packets have nothing artificial in them, so you end up with a healthy dip that you can feel good about feeding your family.
I decided to dress up the Classic Hummus with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.
The process for making this couldn’t get any easier. Drain and rinse the can of garbanzos and put them in a blender or food processor. Add the packet of Hummus Made Easy and blend together till smooth.
I stirred in a handful each of sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan. Simple!
Easy Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke Heart and Parmesan Hummus
- 1 can BUSH’S® Garbanzo beans drained
- 1 packet BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy
- 1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
- 1/3 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
- 1/4 cup Parmesan shaved or shredded
- Add BUSH’S® garbanzo beans and BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy to the food processor or blender.
- Blend till smooth.
- Spoon hummus into a bowl.
- Stir sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan into hummus, reserving small amount of each for topping.
- Place hummus in serving dish and top with remaining sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.
- Serve with crackers or raw veggies.
BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy comes in three flavors – Classic, Roasted Red Pepper and Southwest Black Bean.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BUSH’S Beans. The opinions and text are all mine.
Everywhere you turn, there’s talk about the big game coming up. And naturally, everyone has their opinion on who the best team is and who is going to take home the trophy.
And me? Well, I’m not really a football fan. Unlike my family, I am only casually interested in who gets the prize. I might not be the game’s biggest fan, but I am definitely a huge fan of anything that gives me a reason to make up a bunch of fun food and snacks and get everyone together to enjoy it. And game nights, especially big game day nights, are the perfect excuse for fun food!
So in honor of game days now and all year, I thought I’d share some of our favorite game day snack recipes with you.
One of the common denominators between all of these recipes is they are finger-food-friendly, making them perfect for snacking and watching at the same time. Those are two big requirements in our house for game day snacks!
There are also a couple real centerpiece items for the big game day. They look hard, but they’re super easy to put together and they are the talk of the party when I pull them out.
Whatever team you are rooting for, I hope you enjoy a good time with your family and friends…and some good eats too! May the best team win.
12 Easy Game Day Recipes
Sweet Heat Chex Mix-Snacking doesn’t get better than this mix. Plus you use your slow cooker to make it!
7 Layer Hot Italian Dip-This seven layer dip has all the cheese and the flavors you want to never stop eating.
Baked Potato Dip-comfort food in dip form, right here.
Football season is in high gear and it won’t be long before the Big Game is here. I’m not much of a football fan, but I do love the food that gets served while the TV is on!
7 Layer Dip is a classic for parties. This one gets a little football theming with a tortilla goal post and easy field striping using Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream. Daisy Squeeze is really convenient and easy for kids (or grownups) to top tacos, chili, potatoes and more without making a mess. Use it to decorate other foods for the big game too – like making football laces or football field lines.
Daisy Squeeze made it really easy to decorate the top of the dip. This is a great project to do with your kids. From spreading the refried beans on the bottom layer, to mashing avocados to decorating the top with sour cream stripes – the kids can do it all!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own 7 Layer Dip End Zone: