Sweet Sarah Mix...

One of my favorite treats this time of the year (any time of the year, who am I kidding) is called Sweet Sarah Mix.  I know what you're thinking... but my mom called it that, so it's stuck.  (But I am sweet... so it works!)

Someone, years ago, made this for my mom (who was a teacher... they get the best homemade gifts from their students) and I've loved this recipe ever since.

Here's how you make it:

Grab your ingredients:

(I transfer my baking soda out of the orange box so it stays fresher in a sealed can.  I just removed the label from an empty baking powder can and voila!)

Start with a medium size sauce pan.  Melt a stick of butter (I use margarine but I'm sure both work just fine.  It's what my momma used so it's one of those things.)  Add 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 3 TBS of corn syrup.  Bring to a boil.

Now, here's the tricky part (just  because you have to trust me).  Once it's boiling, reduce your heat a little, but let it sit there, without stirring it, for 5 minutes.  Yes, don't touch it.  It will bubble, and that's what you want it to do.  Not boil over or anything, just sit there and bubble.

Once you 5 minutes are up, get 1/4 tsp of baking soda.  Pull your pan off the heat, and add the baking soda.

It will look like this first,

And once you stir it, it will look like this.

Pour it over a big bowl that can be put in the oven, with your 8 cups of chex (you can use a mixture of corn and rice if you want, but I don't like having leftover chex) so I just pour an entire box of corn chex in the bowl with about 2-3 cups of pretzels.  (My mom adds nuts to the mix as well before baking.  Walnuts or almonds or pecans are great.  I was out... so use your imagination)

I pour a little at a time, then stir.  Repeat until all the sauce is covering a good portion of the mix.

Place in a preheated oven at 350, for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, stir it really good and put it back in for 5 more minutes.

When it's done baking, pour the mix over a wax paper covered baking sheet. Pour dried cranberries on top and stir it a little.  Let it sit until it's "set" or cool.  (My mom will also add candy corn during October, or holiday colored m&m's during Christmas.  There's really so many options for this mix.  Be creative!)

What you have is a wonderful treat, a great snack for football games, or a sweet snack to give out as a holiday gift to neighbors or coworkers. 

I personally can't stop eating this stuff.  It's addicting and SO good.  Very easy and doesn't take much time at all. 



jennp said...

yum! between sweet sarah mix and muddy buddies I am ready for the holidays so I can have and excuse to make some.

honeybeemama said...

oh my yum! i'm totally doing this! one because it looks delicious, and two because i'd love to have something to make and eat to remind me of you!

Rachael said...

Making some right now! I added some almonds and dates and maybe some m&ms at the end. ;) yummmmm