Shock & Awe: I couldn’t believe when I found these at Target a few weeks ago - on clearance already - when I’ve never even seen them before! You may remember that I made something similar from a recipe a few years ago as part of The All-Pumpkin Meal Plan that admittedly didn’t really represent pumpkin-hood too well…
Well…: …and honestly, unfortunately, it could very well be that these things are on clearance because they don’t really taste much like pumpkin, either. Sweet and sugary, but aside from the mix having a nice pumpkin scent, the flavor just didn’t stand up by the time all was said and done.
The Process: I will say that I still had a good time making this stuff because needless to say, I’m very much a fan! I actually mixed it up a little bit ingredient-wise, as this recipe called for Corn, Rice, and Cinnamon Chex, whereas I ended up going with Honey Nut, Chocolate, and Cinnamon Chex because … why not?! Have you ever stopped and looked at how many different varieties of Chex Cereal there are these days?!?!?! They’re not just limited to Rice/Corn/Wheat anymore (although those still make the best classic Chex Mix!), so I figured it would be fun to experiment a little!
One place where I wish I hadn’t experimented, though, was in the drying phase because after you’re done nuking these things, the instructions say to spread them out on aluminum foil or something so that they can cool. I’ve never really done that with the vast batches of regular Chex Mix that I’ve made in my days … but what I didn’t consider was that unlike regular Chex Mix, this variety was made with a healthy dose of corn syrup, meaning that it basically turns into the consistency of caramel corn … or in my case, one gigantic, bowl-sized piece of caramel corn that I needed to break pieces off of using a spoon like a chisel!
Final Verdict: I ended up buying a handful of these mix packages, shocked that they were on the shelf with all of the summer merch that wouldn’t sell, but now after trying one myself, the rest will probably just find a home in my giant pumpkin pile instead of going to work when snack time circles around again.