I know I did a lot of baking last weekend, but I had one more occasion to whip up some tasty treats.
Our staff decided to do a United Way silent auction at our Christmas party this year. Everyone brought or made something to donate and we had a blast eating and trying to outbid one another for the items of our choice.
Naturally I decided to bake something sweet and delicious. Who doesn’t love a tin full of treats?
I use the term “bake” very loosely because you really only need a microwave to create this stuff.
I started by pouring out the whole box of Chex cereal into a microwave safe bowl.
The bowl I chose was WAY TOO small for this job and I struggled throughout the entire process to keep all the cereal in the bowl. Please, if you have a larger bowl, take my advice and use it.
In a glass measuring cup I mixed the following:
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
I microwaved it on high for 1 minute and gave it a good stir. It may need another minute to melt everything together, but do it in 15 second bursts so that you don’t burn it.
Once it was smooth, I mixed in 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and poured it over the cereal and (very unsuccessfully) mixed everything to get it coated.
I then microwaved the whole bowl on high for 1 minute, gave it another good stir and repeated the process 2 more times (3 minutes in total)
I spread the cereal out on a parchment lined baking sheet and let it cool.
Next I added on some marshmallow pieces (because I could not for the life of me find mini marshmallows), toffee bits and mini Reese peanut butter cups.
I melted some milk chocolate chips (about 1 cup) and drizzled it over the Chex.
Finally I melted some white chocolate chips (about 1 cup) and drizzled that over too.
I let it set up in the fridge for about an hour, broke it into bite sized pieces and packed it up for the auction!
The verdict- If I were to make it again, I would definitely spread out the cereal over 2 pans so that the layer was thinner, and subsequently more was coated with the chocolate and toppings. But that aside, it was delicious…and great for a get together.
In the morning I put out some samples of my chocolate covered Chex so that people would be enticed to buy it…and it worked! There was a small bidding war over my tin of treats which made me so happy because it all goes to a worthy cause!