Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween Crunch #FestiveFoodies #ImprovCookingChallenge

Cinnamon cereal, pumpkin seeds, and almonds coated in honey and baked to a crunch goodness then tossed with some candy corn makes for the perfect Autumn snack.

Join me today as our Improv Cooking Challenge teams up with Festive Foodies resulting in this fun Halloween recipe.

I love joining Nichole of Cookaholic Wife each month for the Improv Cooking Challenge.  She assigns 2 ingredients each month and the bloggers who choose to join in the fun create any dish they would like as long as it contains the 2 ingredients.  This months ingredients were Nuts and Honey.

As Nichole's graphic says, the possibilities are endless.  I usually obsess for a few days over what I should make and change my mind numerous times.  This month was a little easier because my friend, Ellen of Family Around the Table asked the Festive Foodie Group to join her in a Halloween Celebration. 

The possibilities were still endless but at least I had a theme.  I always have almonds in my pantry and I had a little honey left from an early Summer visit to the Farmer's Market.    When I was grabbing the almonds I spied a container of Pepitas.  Pumpkin Seeds....perfect for a Halloween theme.  I grabbed a box of cinnamon cereal while I was in the pantry.  Cinnamon always reminds me of Fall and Fall reminds me of Halloween.  I had picked up some Candy Corn Autumn Mix when I was last at the grocers so I pulled that out as well.

I tossed the nuts, seeds and cereal with some honey and butter and put it in a low oven to bake.  

When it was brown and toasty and smelled amazing in my house, I removed it from the oven, gave it a stir and let it cool on the baking pan.  Once it was cooled I tossed it with the Autumn candy mix and it was ready to go.

We snacked on some in the afternoon while playing a board game.  Then after dinner, Marissa retrieved the bowl off of the counter and began munching again.  Suddenly, she grabbed her phone and said "I need a picture of this so I can remind you to make more when it's gone".  That, is music to a Mom and a Cook's ears.

Let's see the other Honey and Nut creations!

Now let's check out the other Halloween posts!

And here is my recipe for Halloween Crunch!

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Halloween Crunch

prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins
Cinnamon cereal, pumpkin seeds, and almonds coated in honey and baked to a crunch goodness then tossed with some candy corn makes for the perfect Autumn snack.


2 c. cinnamon flavored cereal squares
1 c. raw almonds
1/2 c. pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
2 T. butter, melted
3 T. honey
1 c.  Candy Corn Autumn Mixture


Combine the butter and honey.  Place the cereal, almonds and pepitas into a large bowl.  Pour the honey mixture over all and toss to coat.

Place mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.  Place in a preheated 300* oven for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant.

Remove from oven, stir and let cool completely on the baking sheet.  Place into a large bowl, add the candy and toss to combine.
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