Holiday Party Mix
Step 1: Combine Chex mix, popped corn, nuts and puffed rice together in a large bowl. Mix together until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Set aside.
Step 2: Combine butter, sugar, oil, corn syrup and caramel topping together in a sauce pan. Heat on high until all ingredients have melted together, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 3: Pour the hot caramel mixture over dry ingredients and carefully toss until the mix is evenly coated with the caramel.
Step 4: Prepare at least (3) half sheet pans or a rectangle cake pan with spray grease, then line with parchment paper. Quickly pour the mix onto the pan and spread out into an even layer about ½ inch thick to ensure even heat while baking.
Step 5: Bake at 225° F for about 10 minutes then toss around in the pan and spread again. Repeat this process two more times for a total of about 30 minutes baking time. The mixture will seem soft and wet while it is hot, but will crisp up once cool. Take a small amount out of the oven and let it cool to test the crispness.
Step 6: Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before packaging. You must package within 2 hours to ensure the crispiest product. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.