Rainy Day Baking

We love a good rain storm, but we were disappointed that they had to cancel so many outside activities yesterday because of it.  At Pensacola with Kids, we promote exploring Pensacola and the surrounding areas with your family but we also want to be a resource that promotes family time in general. 

When we realized that the rain was not going to let up, we decided to declare the day “Christmas Baking Day” and headed to the grocery store to pick up some ingredients.  My kids and I love to cook together.  As soon as I move to the kitchen, one of them will inevitably move a dining room chair into the kitchen so they can help! 

If your kids haven’t spent much time in the kitchen, be sure to go over the important ground rules before you get started (what they are allowed to touch, what is hot, etc).  I really like this Kraft website because it has a good list of top 10 safety rules for kids, but it also has a list of cooking skills by age if you aren’t sure where to get started. 

One of the recipes that we made yesterday was Chex® Caramel Corn from the Chex® Mix Recipe website.  Did you know that there were so very many different Chex® mix recipes?  Both of my children love the Caramel Corn recipe so we make it about once a month.  It stores well in an airtight container so it makes for a good treat throughout a busy week!

You can find the recipe for Chex® Caramel Corn here.  There are both oven and microwavable directions.  I prefer the oven directions.  My kids help pop the popcorn (we have an air popper and they love to watch the popcorn pop) and they measure and mix up the cereal and the popcorn.  I do everything else because it involves the stove top and the oven:  I cook the mixture, pour it over the cereal, and stir the mix while it is baking.  One of the new things that we tried this time, was to add food coloring to the mixture to give it a more festive look before it was poured on the Chex® mix. 


This Chex® Mix recipe only needs to cook for 45 minutes.  You have to take it out of the oven every fifteen minutes to stir.  Make sure the kids are not near the oven when you open it!  We made one batch of green mix and one batch of red mix. 


Once the mix comes out of the oven, you are supposed to stir often so that it doesn’t all stick together.  This step is very important.  If you skip this step, you will have bars rather than Chex® Mix! 


Once the Chex® Mix was cooled down, we mixed the red and green batches together, added M&M candies, and bagged them up to give to the family as gifts!  My kids like to add in the extras (M&Ms, pretzels, etc) and stir it all up once it has cooled down a bit.



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