My baby boy, Zephan, turns five on Saturday and I wanted to make a fun snack for his preschool class. Zeph has celiac disease, so all of his snacks need to be gluten free. So far his class hasn’t seemed thrilled with the other g/f treats I’ve made :(. This time around I decided to make Chocolate Chex Caramel Mix. Who doesn’t like Chex Mix? Don’t tell me if you hate it. I’m really hoping the kids eat this snack! I saw this adorable idea for creating turkey cone paper treats on Fiskars via Just a Girl and knew it would make the perfect vessel for the chex mix!
To make the turkey, you will need a large styrofoam sphere and a small sphere for the head. I had no idea that styrofoam cost a fortune when I decided to do this craft. Yikes! You might be able to find some at the dollar store, but I had no such luck. Even with my 40% off coupon at Michaels it still cost about $13. Be forewarned.
Next, I painted the styrofoam brown using a foam brush and some tempura paint.
While waiting for my paint to dry, I made the paper cones using this paper cone template. Just trace, cut out, and hot glue together. I freehanded a beak, gobble, and feet and found some goggly eyes in my craft stash.
To attach the cones to the styrofoam, I placed a Dum Dum sucker in the bottom of each cone and stuck it into the sphere.
Oh, aren’t they lovely? I already had the pretty double-sided scrapbook paper on hand so that part didn’t cost me anything. Wahoo!
With the turkey complete it was time to make the snack!
Chocolate Chex Caramel Mix Recipe
- 8 cups Gluten Free Chocolate Chex cereal
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup white vanilla baking chips
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Step 1: Into large microwavable bowl, measure cereal; set aside. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.
Step 2: In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth.
Step 3: Stir in baking soda until dissolved. See the difference the baking soda makes in texture and color? Don’t skip this step!
Step 4: Pour over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on High 3 minutes, stirring every minute.
Step 5: Spread on lined cookie sheet. Cool 10 minutes. (I stuck mine in the fridge to make them nice and cold in preparation for the chocolate drizzles. The chocolate adheres and hardens immediately when the chex mix is cold.)
Step 6: In small microwavable bowl, microwave vanilla baking chips uncovered on High about 1 minute 30 seconds or until chips can be stirred smooth (bowl will be hot). Tip: I like to place a sandwich baggie inside a tall glass and pour my melted chocolate inside. Twist baggie and snip a corner to create the perfect chocolate drizzle.
Step 7: Drizzle over snack. Repeat process with melted chocolate chips.
This is what your mix should look like when you are done drizzling. Yum!
Step 8: Return the trays to your refrigerator for about 10 minutes to set the chocolate.
Step 9: Break into pieces and place in cones.
When Zephan arrived home from school and saw his turkey he exclaimed, “It’s so cute I can hardly stand it, Mommy!” Mission accomplished ;).
And I have to agree with him! This craft took me longer than I anticipate and cost more than I would have liked but his delight makes it all worth it!