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Trail Mix Bars


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup honey (or corn syrup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • A total of 12 cups mix, using 3 or more of the following ingredients:
  • 4 cups of puffed rice/wheat
  • 4 cups cereal (like Chex)
  • raisins
  • dried cranberries
  • other dried berries
  • other dried fruit
  • sunflower seeds
  • peanuts
  • almonds
  • M&M’s
  • any packaged trail mix

Instructions

  1. Line an 11″ x 17″ pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil surfaces with spray-oil, or coat with butter.
  2. In a large heat-proof bowl, combine your desired 12 cups of mis ins.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the honey (or corn syrup) and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to boil. Using a candy thermometer and making certain it isn’t touching the bottom of the pan. If using corn syrup, cook without stirring until the thermometer reaches 238 degrees F. If using honey, cook without stirring until thermometer reaches 250 degrees F.
  4. Quickly remove from heat, stir in the vanilla, and pour the hot mixture over the cereal mixture. With a wooden spoon, mix and stir until the syrup mixture coats the cereal mixture. Immediately turn out onto the prepared, lined pan. Grease a piece of wax paper and press the mixture firmly down until it fills the pan.
  5. Set the pan aside to cool (approximately 15 to 45 minutes, depending on weather). Wthe bars are mostly-cool, and somewhat firm, using an oiled knife or pizza cutter, cut into bars.
  6. Store bars in snack sized, ziplock bags.