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Sous chef elves and Bunco Jumble snack mix

Two fun girls

Two fun girls

Just  had to share this photo (again for some of you) of Betty Howell and Pam Monk at Living Spaces Design in Batavia during a recent class on gifts from the kitchen. This was at the beginning of class. By the time class ended, we were all 3 tired little elves. But the food was fabulous –  I’ve shared some of the recipes already with you. Here’s one that I just rec’d from a cooking friend. This is different than the usual snack mix.
Bunco Jumble
(“Bunco” is a card game women play in Tampa)
People love this! Is it candy or a salty snack?
You can be as creative as you want and use mini-cookies, graham cracker bears, popcorn, candy corn,
or pecans. It also makes a great party favor when wrapped in a plastic bag and tied with raffia.
1 box mini Ritz peanut butter sandwich crackers
1 cup dry roasted peanuts (or other nuts or a combination)
1 12-oz. bag mini pretzel sticks or twists
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 T vanilla extract
1 t baking soda
1 10-oz. package mini M&M’s chocolate candy
Combine the sandwich crackers, nuts and pretzels in a large roasting pan. Heat the
sugar, butter, corn syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Pour over the cracker mixture, stirring to coat well. Bake at 250- degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove to waxed paper, sprinkling M&M’s over mixture – let cool  completely. (M&M’s stay ‘loose’ from the mixture – that’s intended.) Break up the mixture into pieces, as necessary. Store in airtight covered container.

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