Lucky Leprechaun Lure

Ever since my parents took a trip to Ireland when I was in first grade, I have been fasciné by all things Irish. In fact, I still have the green marble "worry" stone they brought me back as a souvenir. It's pretty well worn after 32 years, but my interest in the luck of the Irish has not diminished.

That is why I'm hoping this Lucky Leprechaun Lure will indeed bring a veritable leprechaun with his overflowing pot of gold to my house and yours. If for some reason that does not pan out, au moins we will have this addictive snack mix with which to eat away our disappointment. Be sure to let me know if you are able to lure the le lutin irlandais and his gold with this delicious snack!

French lesson du jour:

Fasciné - fascinated

Au moins - at least

Le lutin irlandais - the Irish Leprechaun

Lucky Leprechaun Lure

Makes 3 pounds of snack mix*

6 cups wheat Chex (14 oz box)

4 cups rice Chex

4 cups (one 7.2 oz bag) baby Goldfish crackers

2 cups mini pretzel twists

4 sticks unsalted butter

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp ground mustard

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp kosher salt

Ground pepper, to taste

2 cups marshmallows charms (picked out of Lucky Charms cereal)

1 cup wasabi peas (optional)

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Distribute wheat Chex through pretzels in two 9x13 baking dishes. Place butter through pepper in a large microwave safe bowl (I like to use this glass measuring cup**) and heat until butter is melted. Stir well with a whisk and then pour over the two baking dishes filled with the snack mix (there should be about 1 1/2 cups of liquid per baking dish). Using a large spoon evenly coat all the snack mix with the liquid.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 60 minutes total, stirring well every 20 minutes to make sure everything is coated properly. Once out of the oven, stir a few times and allow to cool before adding the marshmallows and wasabi peas. 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 a green ribbon and gift to anyone who doesn't want to get pinched this St. Patrick's Day.

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