Confession: I am not a big fan of Halloween. It's just not mon truc. What is my thing, however, is all the cute, fun and delicious snacks associated with the holiday. So, l present to you this Ghoul's Grub snack mix which checks all those boîtes. A dear friend recently described it as "literally the best Chex mix I've ever had." I'll let y'all in on a little secret...it's the bacon fat I use in the recipe that takes it to the next level. So, next time you are frying bacon, don't forget to save the drippings. If you just can't get behind that, you may substitute la beurre, but my grandmother would be very disappointed in you. 😉
French lesson du jour:
Mon truc: my thing
La beurre: butter
Makes 3 pounds of snack mix*
14 oz box wheat chex
12.2 oz box peanut butter chex
6.6 oz bag Goldfish crackers
2 cups Halloween shaped pretzels
3.5 sticks unsalted butter
3 T bacon fat (can be replaced with equal amount of butter)
1 T pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
Ground pepper, to taste
9 oz bag Ghoul's mix peanut butter M&Ms
20 oz bag Brach's Autumn mix candy
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Distribute wheat Chex through pretzels in two or three 9x13 baking dishes. Place butter through pepper in a large microwave safe bowl and heat until butter is melted. Stir well with a whisk and then pour over the baking dishes filled with the snack mix. Using a large spoon, evenly coat all the snack mix with the liquid.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 60 minutes total, stirring well every 15 minutes to make sure everything is coated well and cooking evenly. Once out of the oven, stir a few times and allow to cool completely before adding the candy. Then, stir again. Et voila! It's that easy. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
*This mix makes great gifts. Place in cellophane bags, tie with an orange ribbon and gift away!