Crunchy Party Snack Caramel KIX


Butter a square pan, the 9x9x13/4 inch pan works best.

Measure these ingredients into a large bowl…

*  5 cups of KIX

In the bottom part of a double boiler, heat about 1 inch of water
to boiling.  Now place in top of double boiler;

*  26 caramels  (8 oz)
*  2 Tablespoons of water

Set over the boiling water until the caramels are melted.  Pour
the caramel mixture over the KIX and stir gently to coat the
cereal.  Using a rubber scraper, turn caramel mixture into a prepared
pan and pat out with fingers lightly greased with butter.
Refrigerate until firm.  Cut into bars.  Makes about 24 absolutely
delicious bars!  These easy and fun caramel KIX bars will be great
to serve as treats with a Sesame Street party!

Speaking of crunch, to you remember the great taste of Toffee?

Laffy Taffy Funky Party Treat


*  1 cup sugar
*  1 Tablespoon cornstarch
*  2/4 cup of light corn syrup
*  2/3 cup water
*  2 Tablespoons margarine or butter
*  1 teaspoon salt
*  2 teaspoons vanilla

First, butter a square pan, 8 X 8 X 2 inches big.  Now, mix the sugar
and the cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan and then stir in the corn
syrup, water, margarine and the salt.  Heat this mixture to boiling
over medium heat, stirring constantly so as not to burn.  Now, cook
without stirring at all, to 265 degrees on a candy thermometer  or
until a small amount of mixture that you drop into very cold water
forms a hard ball that holds its shape, yet is still pliable.  Now, remove
from heat and stir in vanilla.  Pour this into the buttered pan.

When this is just cool enough to handle without burning yourself, pull the
taffy with lightly buttered hands until it is satiny and stiff.  Now, pull this
into longs strips about 1/2 inch wide, then cut these strips into 1 1/2 inch
pieces, using scissors.  Wipe the scissors first with a little bit of vegetable
oil.  Wrap the individual pieces in plastic wrap or waxed paper.  This
recipe makes about a dozen pieces of taffy.

For a little healthier treat…see my fruit kebabs recipe.


Butterscotch Birthday Brownies

butterscotch brownies
*  1 cup of packed brown sugar
*  5 tablespoons of butter, melt
*  1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
*  1 large egg, slightly beaten
*  9 ounces of all-purpose flour (9 ounces is approx 2 cups)
*  2 1/2 cups of quick cooking oats
*  1/2 teaspoon of salt
*  1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
*  3/4 cup of fat-free sweetened condensed milk
*  1 1/4 cup butterscotch morsels (this is about 8 oz)
*  1/8 teaspoon salt
*  1/2 cup of finely chopped walnutsPreheat the oven to 350 degreeCombine the sugar and the butter in a large bowl, then stir in the
vanilla and the egg.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, the
1/2 teaspoon of salt and the baking soda.  Then add the oat mixture
to the sugar mixture.  Stir this with a fork until totally combined (the
mixture will be crumbly).Take a measuring cup and measure in 3 cups of the oat mixture in the
bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking pan coated with a cooking spray and then
press into the bottom of the pan.  Set this pan with the mixture aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, pour the condensed milk, the butterscotch
morsels and a 1/8 teaspoon of salt then microwave at HIGH for 1 minute
or until butterscotch morsels are melted, stirring this every 20 seconds
so that it does not burn on bottom.  Stir in your walnuts (these are optional)
then scrape the mixture into the pan, spreading evenly over the crust.
Sprinkle evenly with the remaining oat mixture, gently pressing this
into the butterscotch mixture.  Bake this at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (you
want your top to be golden brown).  When done, run a knife around the edge.
Make 36 bars.

Here’s some more of my favorite brownie party food ideas.  Try Chocolate Brownie Drops and Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies.