Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Does This Count As Cooking? I Make Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Party Mix

Disclosure: Plateful Co-Op sent me a big box-o-ingredients and promotional items to make this recipe, but no other compensation was received and all opinions are honest. I like when people send me big boxes of food, especially when it includes chocolate.



So, you want to make something tasty for a holiday shindig (or a hot night of Netflixing in your own print pajamas?) but you're not big on that whole "time in the kitchen" thing? Try this delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Party Mix! Trust me, it's easy - If I can make it, anyone can!

Here's what you need:
2 cups each of Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Chex. 
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, plus a few extras to nibble while you "cook"
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 cup flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Handy tip: If you love Publix like I love Publix, you can score a coupon here for $1 off 2 boxes of Chex, It's good through the end of Jan 2015.

Want the recipe in handy printable form? Here ya go! (You can click to open it in a larger format.)

Chex Mexican Hot Chocolate Party Mix Recipe


Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Party Mix



The first time I made this, (there have been a few times!) I decided to cut the recipe in half, since it called for two cups of each of the three flavors of Chex, and six cups of cereal sounded like a lot for just me! This was dumb. Just make the full recipe, y'all. You'll eat it. No worries.

Photos like this are why I could never be food blogger. How do you guys make food look so pretty?

I also made a few other recipe alterations: For one, I skip the coconut, because I just don't dig it. I also toss the marshmallows in in before the last round of microwaving (instead of after) because let's be honest, watching them poof up in the microwave is fun, and they just taste better all melty. I don't add the full 1 1/2 cups of marshmallows, either, I just toss in a small handful. I also never actually microwave the cereal. I know that's totally against how you're supposed to make this, but I've never been able to do so without it turning out all funky, so I just microwave the other ingredients and pour it on top of the "raw" cereal. (Learned my lesson about this when I made that tropical Chex party mix last year!)

At this point, I've basically stopped measuring ingredients - I just throw approximately the right amount into a big mug, microwave, add cereal, stir. IT IS SO GOOD, YOU GUYS. The cinnamon keeps it from being super sweet, and it's cereal, so it's totally healthy, right? ...Right?

You can find more Chex Party Mix recipes here! Have you ever tried making a mix like this?

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