Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kix Candy Clusters

Kix candy clusters is one of those desserts that make you feel just a little less bad about eating. One of the main ingredients is Kix cereal, probably one of the most low-sugar cereals out there. It's hard to explain, but this simple tasting cereal sure is a great combination with the M&M's, white chocolate and the salty peanuts. They aren't super "rich" so you might catch yourself eating more than you should.When the boys were younger, they and their friends would go through a batch of these in no time. I didn't fuss too much because you know Kix are "Kid-Tested, Mother Approved." (LOL!)

This recipe came from Mrs. Wanda Kirby. The first time I ate one of them I immediately knew I had to fix them for Dale and Andrew. The original recipe called for just three ingredients...I added the M&M's later to give them a little kick. If you have someone who is allergic to peanuts, you can substitute them with pretzel pieces. I've made them this way before and they're good, but in our house, majority rules and they like the peanuts. This is one of the easiest things you can fix. Just be sure to cover a wide area on your counter with wax paper. This recipe does make a lot.

Kix cereal
1 package almond bark
1 medium bag M&M's
Dry roasted peanuts
In a glass bowl, break down 1 package of almond bark. Heat in the microwave to melt per the directions on the package. Remember to stir often and do not overcook.
Transfer the melted mixture to an extra-large mixing bowl. Start adding the cereal  Quickly blend cereal until it is evenly coated and before the coating starts to set up. I use about 3/4 of the box. You want to leave enough extra coating to accommodate the peanuts and M&M's.
 Stir in about 3/4 of a bag of M&M's and around 1-1/2 to 2 cups of dry roasted peanuts. Blend well. Again, do this quickly before the chocolate starts to harden.
 Once all the ingredients are coated well, using two spoons, drop spoonfuls onto a wax paper lined counter.
Let them sit until the coating hardens. Store in an airtight container or gallon ziplock bags.

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