When I was a kid, the Super Bowl only meant two things: delicious snacks were coming, and my dad would be spending the afternoon [we were on the West Coast, after all] running hot laps around the living room while his team screwed up his chances of winning the office pool.
Now all it means is that we’ll be at church by kickoff, and I’ll miss the funniest commercials and most of the halftime show. I’m okay with that, especially since we will still have snacks.
No, not pizza rolls, because … yuck. The other Piscitelli favorite: Caramel Chex Mix.
I made a batch earlier in the week — as sort of a pre-pre-Super Bowl warm-up — and bucked tradition a little by using pecans instead of peanuts, and butter in place of margarine. It was more a matter of using what was on-hand at the moment, but since I don’t like peanuts all that much (nor margarine, for that matter), it worked out well. Here’s the recipe, which you still have time to whip up before kick-off:
Caramel Chex Mix
6 cups plain popped popcorn [I use this method with about 1/3 cup of kernels]
3 cups Rice Chex
2 cups Cheerios
1 cup chopped pecans (or unsalted peanuts, not chopped)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 250.
Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and combine with brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, and cook for five minutes. Remove from the heat; add baking soda and vanilla. Stir to combine, and pour over popcorn/cereal mixture. Stir well, and spread out in a huge roasting pan or two rimmed cookie sheets.
Bake, stirring every fifteen minutes, for one hour. Allow to cool, then break apart and serve.
That’s one Super Snack! (Sorry.)
And also quite the dainty portion. Kudos if you stick to a tiny portion like this.