Thursday, October 3, 2013

Day 3… Scarecrow Crunch and World Famous Chex Mix

the Prairie Cottage: Scarecrow Crunch with Freezer Instructions

Scarecrow Crunch… It’s my favorite.  It had me at caramel corn and Reese’s Pieces :)

I’ve already shared this tasty treat a couple times so I’ll send you HERE for the recipe. 

Since it doesn’t have any added liquid, butter or spices, it can be made ahead and stored in the pantry for a couple of weeks.  Just make sure to store in an airtight container with a lid.

And you may want to mark it with something disgusting (like liver treats) to keep little hands from snacking on it ;)

When freezing it ahead, I leave out the candy corn and Reese’s pieces until I remove it from the freezer.  Mix the remaining ingredients and store in the freezer in a regular zipper bag or freezer container.  And make sure it has a space in the freezer where something heavy won’t crush it.  It can be frozen for up to 6 months. 

Isn’t it purdy?

the Prairie Cottage: Scarecrow Crunch with Freezer Instructions

World Famous Chex Mix is also freezer friendly.  It makes a lot and it’s nice to have a supply in the freezer for last minute snacks. 

the Prairie Cottage :  world famous chex mix make ahead recipe

I’ve had this recipe for a long time... not sure why it’s called “world famous,” but it is our absolute favorite!  It can be made ahead up to a week in advance and stored in the pantry or frozen for up to 6 months.  To freeze, allow to cool completely and then store in freezer containers or zipper bags in the freezer.  As with the scarecrow crunch, make sure it doesn’t get squished by heavier items!


11 cups Crispix cereal
4 cups Cheerios
4 cups pretzel sticks or small twists
4-5 cups goldfish or Cheez-It crackers (or combination of both)

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Gently mix Crispix, Cheerios, pretzels and cheese crackers in a large roaster. 

Melt the butter over low heat and stir in spices and Worcestershire sauce until combined. 

Drizzle butter mixture over cereals and stir gently to coat the pieces evenly. 

When mixed thoroughly, place in 225 degree oven for 1 to 1.5 hours.  Stir every 15 minutes.  It’s finished when there are no longer any wet pieces and it’s light and crispy.

Let cool and store in freezer or pantry. 

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