Working in our office there are always occasions where we pick a date and everyone brings food for a pot luck lunch. We have a sign up list so we get a nice distribution of “food” as well as desserts. And of course some one needs to do the silverware, napkins, plates and drinks. We have some incredible talent in the kitchens of my co-workers homes and these pot lucks are a great place to share an old favorite or try something new.
With the holidays fast approaching, we had a big blowout lunch this past week. Our department has doubled in size so we had an amazing amount of food to try. There was lasagna, mini hot dogs in bacon, meatballs, salads, chips, fresh veggies and of course.. the desserts.
On the desert table we had cakes, brownies, cookies, fudge and a bowl of a chex mix with some chocolates mixed in. That looked good so I grabbed a handful and a few cookies and went back to work. I ate the cookies here and there the grabbed a small piece of the Chex stuff and was like .. WOW.. what is this stuff. It was absolute heaven. I asked the name and was quietly told the name of my new favorite treat was “Better than Sex Chex.” I told my friend that made it I had to agree.. but what was the name of the recipe and was once again told “Better than Sex Chex.” I had to laugh .. the treat was sweet and salty.. and had caramel and chocolate. The name did seem to fit the gooey goodness I had just experienced. One bite and I was hooked and went back for more when I finished the handful I had picked up.
The entire office loved this new sweet treat and she brought it back several days in a row. The second time I was enjoying the treat my mouth experienced something new.. chocolate with peppermint. I asked if I had missed this in the last batch and she told me she had run out of the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and instead added Kit Kats and chocolate peppermint bits. I made sure to get some of the Kit Kats in the next handful and headed back to my desk to get some work done.
Today I was given a printout of the recipe. Because she had gotten so many requests for the recipe she printed out several copies and just handed them out to everyone. Guess we are on our own here on out if we want more.. lol. Seems she has made this a few different ways and every variation is good. So I would encourage experimenting if you lack an ingredient. What ever you decide to put in this, I highly recommend whipping up a batch and letting yourself enjoy all the decadent flavors of this recipe.
- 8 cups Chocolate Chex™ cereal
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup Reese’s® Mini’s Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
- 1/2 cup caramel bits (by the chocolate chips in baking aisle. Or chop up regular caramels)
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate baking chips (or more if you’re a huge chocolate fan)
- 1/2 cup vanilla (white) chocolate baking chips
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- Into large microwavable bowl, measure cereal; set aside. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.
- In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Pour caramel mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on High 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Spread on cookie sheet. Cool 10 minutes. Break into bite-sized pieces.
- Make sure Chex™ mixture is cool to the touch (so candy doesn’t melt.) Evenly sprinkle mini peanut butter cups candy and miniature marshmallows over Chex™ mixture.
- In small microwavable bowl, microwave caramel baking bits and cream uncovered on High about 1 minute or until chips can be stirred smooth. Use a spoon or fork to drizzle over snack. Microwave the milk chocolate baking chips next, starting with 20 seconds and stirring, then at 20 second intervals until the mixture is completely smooth (microwave temps vary, so watch the chocolate and stir frequently until it’s of drizzling consistency).
- Drizzle over the snack mixture. Then microwave the vanilla (white) baking chips in 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth, and drizzle that over the snack mixture. (Note: The vanilla and milk chocolate chips should not need cream added.) Quickly sprinkle coarse salt over all while candy drizzles are still wet.
- Refrigerate until set. Break apart and store in tightly covered container.
ENJOY!! Perfect for gift giving!