Halloween Trail Mix 

I spent the weekend in Quechee, VT to meet up with college friends; we toured the Harpoon Brewery, day shopped in Woodstock, ate at a Caribbean Tapas restaurant, and visited Simon Pearce Restaurant, Retail Boutique and Glassblowing. It was relaxing, however my stomach was in a full force ultra marathon for 48 hours: Beer tastings and fries for lunch on Saturday; Jumbo coconut shrimp with mango sauce, crispy plantains dipped in guacamole, a Bistro salad with apples, candied pecans, cranberries, blue cheese and maple poppy seed dressing for Saturday evening dinner; a magnificent cheese platter and wine by night (that deserves a blog post in itself); and Vermont cheddar cheese soup (yes, a cheese soup), mulled cider and crispy buttermilk beignets with apple butter and maple bourbon caramel (yes, maple bourbon caramel) for brunch on Sunday. The weekend was filled with laughs, Celine Dion, and lots of cheese.

So, in the spirit of not completely letting myself go this winter (imagining myself unable to get to work due to candy corn cardiac arrest), it would seem a bit disgraceful of me to indulge in this weekend’s Halloween festivities. For a Halloween work party, though, I began perusing holiday inspired dishes. I can’t NOT participate. They all seemed quite intricate. I decided to test out a rather simple Halloween trail mix at work. It’s sitting on my desk, I’m currently staring at it; but those who walk by are more tempted to resist.

And in an effort of self affirmation; the mix does, in fact, involve pumpkin, which is a vegetable. Nobody needs to know it’s made of honey, wax and corn syrup.

You’ll need:

  • 16 oz. bag of mini pretzels
  • 1 bag of Chex mix Muddy Buddies (or as I call it, Puppy Chow; Rice Chex covered in melted chocolate and peanut butter coated in powdered sugar)
  • Two large bags of candy corn
  • 1 small bag of Mellowcreme pumpkins
  • 1 large bag of Reese’s Pieces (optional)

Mix in a bowl.

Homemade Puppy Chow:

  • 9 cups Rice or Corn Chex
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

Measure cereal into a large bowl, set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in microwave until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Pour mixture over the cereal and stir to coat with silicone spatula, careful not to break cereal. Pour cereal into a large plastic bag and add powdered sugar. Shake the bag until cereal is well coated. Spread the mixture on waxed paper and let cool.


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