10-Minute Chocolate Caramel Snack Mix.

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Salty, sweet, sticky, homemade Chocolate Caramel Snack Mix. This is the easiest snack mix ever! Done in less than 7 minutes – made in the microwave. This is stuff is sooooo addicting, won’t be able to put this stuff down!

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For the past couple of weeks I have been in the midst of all my AP tests… I’d guess that most of our readers are no longer in college, let alone high school – but if you remember anything about late night studying for test after test after test means one thing – late night snacks have been my life lately. And also the only thing keeping me awake while I studied into the wee hours of the night.

One of those nights, my stomach was growling and I needed a break from studying – we also didn’t have any snacks that sounded good…. The fix? This chocolate caramel snack mix! No joke. This stuff is addicting. So. dang. good.

I wanted a little something extra on my snack mix.  Nothing outrageous or complicated, but a flavor boost to my regular cereal + almonds combo. I took a few simple ingredients, added them to a saucepan, and poured them over my cereal/almonds, microwaved to slightly crunchy perfection, and cooled.  Voila!

This snack mix makes me love snack time even more.  I didn’t even know that was possible.

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The star of this snack mix are these Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Dark Chocolate Almonds. You could use any nuts, but these dark chocolate nuts, give that extra kick of chocolate goodness AND the caramel coats each one in the most glorious way.

This is my first time trying them and I was seriously blown away! Other than using them in this snack mix – I mixed the rest into a homemade trail mix – dark chocolate almonds, M&M’s, raisins, and pretzels. SO much better than peanuts. GAH. I need more of these almonds ASAP.

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This is such a simple snack to make and share with others. Simple, quick, practically no effort at all. And it is so easy to make in bulk! Just triple everything and it’s ready to serve big crowd or yourself for the following weeks! It’s fun to grab a bowl of it and plop myself in front of the TV or computer.

10-Minute Chocolate Caramel Snack Mix.

Salty, sweet, sticky, homemade Chocolate Caramel Snack Mix. This is the easiest snack mix ever! Done in less than 7 minutes – made in the microwave. This is stuff is sooooo addicting, won’t be able to put this stuff down!

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 4 1/2 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
  • (optional) 1 cup nuts (such as Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Dark Chocolate Almonds)

For the caramel:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine corn cereal, chocolate cereal, and nuts. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add butter and whisk constantly until fully combined and boiling. Remove from heat, whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, and baking soda until completely combined.
  3. Pour over cereal/almonds and fold mixture with a rubber spatula to even coat.
  4. Transfer bowl to microwave and microwave for 1 minute, remove from microwave and stir. Repeat 2-3 more times. (Microwave for 3 minutes for a slightly softer caramel, and 4 minutes for a slightly crunchier caramel.)
  5. Spread snack mix into a single layer onto a large baking sheet lined with foil. Allow to cool on the pan and break apart large clusters if desired. Cover the snack mix tightly once cooled; it will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.