I have to say one of the easiest and most tasty things I make during the holiday season is Caramel Chex Mix. When I bring this tasty treat into work, it's demolished within minutes. I can sit down and eat this whole batch myself but I don't because I really need to fill those darn gift baskets with bulky items.
Caramel Chex Mix
1 cup Butter
1 cup Light brown sugar
1/4 cup dark karo corn syrup
Boil the above ingredients in a heavy saucepan
Remove from heat and stir in:
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp baking soda
Mixture will get frothy
Pour mixture over:
6 generous cups popped popcorn [i use the unsalted/unbuttered one]
4 generous cups of Rice Chex
2 generous cups of Cheerios
1 generous cup of nuts [almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, whatever you like]
Stir well to coat and place in 9 x 13 or larger baking pan. Alice from Savory Sweet Life had this BRILLIANT idea of throwing the popcorn/cereal items into a large paper shopping bag, pouring the mixture over it and shaking it up in the bag!!
Bake in oven at 250 degrees for one hour stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool on wax or parchment paper.