Praline Pecan Crunch

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I love snack mixes, especially around the fall/winter holidays.  I am not sure why I don’t make them more often, 100_7016I guess because I know I’ll eat them, and I usually give myself a pass during the holidays when it comes to food.  It’s expected, right? 🙂

This is one of my favorite snack mixes to make.  It is so simple, and everyone seems to love it!

 

Praline Pecan Crunch

8 cups Cinnamon Quaker Oat Squares 100_7014

2 1/2 cups chopped pecans

1/3 cup light corn syrup

1/3 cup light brown sugar

3 Tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.  Prepare a jelly roll pan by covering it with foil.  This will help protect your pan, and save a lot of time during clean-up. 🙂

Combine the Cinnamon Quaker Oat Squares and chopped pecans in a large bowl.  In a microwave safe bowl, or 2 cup glass measuring cup combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter.  Microwave on high for 1 minute until melted and stir.  Continue microwaving another 1-1 1/2 minutes until boiling.  Add the100_7006 vanilla and baking soda and stir.  The baking soda will cause a reaction with the mixture and will begin to foam.  Continue stirring until the mixture becomes very foamy.

Pour over the Oat Squares and pecans, stirring until evenly coated.  Spread onto the prepared jelly roll pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and spread onto wax paper to cool.  Store in an air tight container and enjoy! 🙂

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This can also be used as a great hostess gift.  Which is why I made it not too long ago.  Last week we were traveling and stayed with some dear friends.  Rather than just a note of appreciation, I wanted to bring something for them to enjoy as a ‘Thank you’.  All you have to do is fill a decorative glass jar and tie a ribbon around it.  Very pretty and simple!  Little Mouse kept ‘sneaking’ samples and saying over and over how much her little friends would love getting it as a gift. 🙂

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