by Caroline Gentile ’17
I don’t know about you, but for me, the Super Bowl is about much more than just football. If my beloved Packers had made it this year, perhaps I would care more about the football aspect, but still, commercials, puppies, and of course, food, always play a major role in my Super Bowl Sunday experience.
Perhaps one of my favorite snacks while watching the game (or, let’s be honest, the tear-jerkingly adorable Budweiser puppy commercials) is Chex Mix. Deliciously salty and crunchy, there isn’t much more that one could want out of a snack. But wait! What if Chex Mix could be sweet, too? It seems too good to be true, but such a snack exists in the form of Chex Mix treats, an improved version of the classic Rice Krispie treats!
A harmonious trilogy of flavors—sweet, salty, and crunchy—is what makes these Chex Mix treats so dangerously addicting. Seriously. I made these at home over break, and the whole pan was gone in a day. But you don’t have to have access to a real kitchen like you would at home in order to make Chex Mix treats. All you really need in terms of cooking equipment is a microwave, a large heatproof bowl, and a 9X13 inch pan.
Now, for the recipe, courtesy of the Food Network magazine.
4 TB unsalted butter
1 bag (usually 10 oz) of mini marshmallows
1 15 oz. bag of Chex Mix
If you are using a stove, melt the butter and marshmallows in a small saucepan, stirring constantly. If using a microwave, melt the butter and marshmallows in a large heatproof bowl at high heat for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving in 30-second increments, stirring between each increment, until everything has melted.
Once the marshmallows and butter are melted together, pour the Chex Mix into the bowl and combine, either with a wooden spoon, spatula, or even your bare (clean!) hands. Make sure that all of the Chex Mix gets coated in melted marshmallows and butter. Once combined, press the mixture into a 9X13 pan. Allow it to set for one hour at room temperature before cutting the treats into squares. Enjoy!