Rethink all your preconceived ideas about your favorite homemade movie night snack…or New Year’s Eve munchies…or between meal snacking…or anytime snacking! My Caramel Nut Cheerios Crunch recipe will create the sweet, salty snack you’re going to want to reach for. Homemade snacks are often so much more satisfying and you get to control all the ingredients. That’s a win every time. This particular homemade snack is extraordinary! The easy recipe makes enough for a crowd, so invite all your favorite people to share in the joy!
Are you looking to take movie night snacks (and New Year’s Eve munchies) to a whole new level? Want something crunchy, sweet & salty, not to mention just plain scrumptious? Do you want to become beloved and famous for your snack creating skills wherever you share them? Then this recipe is for you! Caramel Nut Cheerios Crunch is easy to make and only requires six ingredients. The hardest part will be waiting while it bakes, and then cools. Take my word for it. So.worth.the.wait! 🙂
Making Homemade Caramel Nut Cheerios Crunch
I poured a whole box of Multi-Grain Cheerios™ into one of my 12×18 sheet cake pans and mixed in cashews and almonds. Yum! (If you don’t have a sheet cake pan, use two 9×13 pans.)
Making the caramel is easy! I used to get all worked up about making homemade caramel, but trust me, it’s not difficult. You DO need a good candy thermometer and a heavy stock pot for best results, but after you’ve made a batch or two, you won’t ever worry about it, again. You’ve totally got this! Put brown sugar, butter, corn syrup (or brown rice syrup, if you prefer) and some quality sea salt into a LARGE dutch oven or heavy stock pot. It needs to be large, so when the caramel foams up in the last step, it doesn’t boil over the top of your pan. (We won’t go into how I know to stress the importance of using a LARGE pan.) 🙂 Stir all the caramel ingredients together and bring them to a boil.
Boil the caramel for 5 minutes and then add the baking soda. The caramel will foam up, but just keep stirring. It will settle back down as you stir.
When your caramel is smooth and glossy, again, pour it over the cereal/nut mixture in the pan and stir to evenly coat all the pieces. Bake at 250° for an hour.
I got busy with some laundry folding and waited for my crunchy snack to be done baking. After removing the Caramel Nut Cheerios Crunch from the oven, you can spread it on waxed paper, brown paper bags, or a silicone work mat to cool and dry. When it has completely cooled and the surface is dry to the touch, store it in an airtight container until you are ready to serve it.
My kids, young and old, went wild for this yummy snack and I’ll bet yours will, too. Enjoy!
- 1 Family Size box ( 18 oz) Multi-Grain Cheerios™
- 1 lb. roasted salted almonds
- 1 lb. roasted salted cashews
- 1½ cups butter
- 3 cups packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup corn syrup (or brown rice syrup)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- Pour the Cheerios™ into an 12x18 sheet pan (or two 9x13 pans).
- Stir the nuts into the cereal until they are well distributed. Set aside while you make the caramel.
- Put butter, brown sugar, syrup and salt in a large stock pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for an additional 3 or 4 minutes until the caramel reaches 238 degrees (often called the "soft ball" stage).
- Remove the caramel from the heat and add the baking soda. Caramel will foam up in the pan and then go back down as you continue to stir.
- Pour hot caramel over cereal/nut mixture and stir to evenly coat.
- Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread the caramel cereal mixture over wax paper or brown paper bags, spread on the counter, so it can cool and dry. I used my Roul'pat silicone work surface mat to cool mine.
- Once cool, store in an airtight container.
What great snack recipe will you be making for New Year’s Eve?
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