Friday, June 3, 2011

Spicy Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix

My picture doesn't do this justice! Check out the picture over here where I found the original recipe! (I made a couple of changes.)


7 1/2 ounces Corn Chex cereal

7 1/2 ounces Honey-nut Chex cereal

1 pound bacon, crisply cooked and chopped

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 cups small pretzels

2 cups lightly salted roasted peanuts

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup light corn syrup

3 tablespoons bourbon

1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Line two 15 x 10 x 1 - inch pans with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereals, pretzels, peanuts and bacon. Set aside.

In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly around edges. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Cool 2 minutes. Carefully stir in bourbon, chipotle chili powder and cinnamon. Pour over snack mixture; toss until evenly coated.

Spread snack mixture onto pans. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 - 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, to caramelize mixture. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Break into pieces.

NOTE: The original recipe said to store in the refrigerator. NOT necessary! It will be GONE before you have a chance to do that!

By the way, I made this snack to take to the VA Hospital as it was the last day of this most recent clinical rotation there. I have been on a rotation in the operating room for the last couple of weeks. Don't you just love the camouflage lead aprons??!!

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