Heather C Heather C is a married, mom of three: big sis Lily and identical twins Natalie and Sophia. She has been guest blogging for Mumbling Mommy since February of 2012 and began working as a Social Media Editor in 2014. After nearly a decade in banking, she now works part time at a doctor's office specializing in breastfeeding medicine and spends the rest of her days in her Midwest home as zookeeper/stay-at-home-mom. Heather C is also a runner, hiker, yogi, bike rider and more. She reads when she finds more than a few minutes to herself and she hosts a lot of pajama dance parties in her kitchen. In her spare time, she's the co-leader for her daughter's Girl Scout troop and an active member of the school's Parent-Teacher Committee as well as a certified postpartum doula.

Our family has recently started a new eating journey: we’ve cut gluten. And while I would like to say we are just trying to be trendy, there are actually medical reasons behind the decision. I’ve been learning a ton about gluten intolerances, symptoms of said intolerances, allergies, solutions, health benefits… And since there are a lot of things misunderstood about being gluten-free, let’s just say I am quite a gluten expert these days.I know, you read caramel corn mix and you’re wondering when I am going to start talking about the sweets, right? Well here it is.

The Finished Product

I know, you read caramel corn mix and you’re wondering when I am going to start talking about the sweets, right? Well here it is. I love popcorn type trail mixes. There is something divine about them during the holidays, so easy to grab a handful while chatting with friends and family. They are sweet, salty, light and crisp. They are amazing. But unbeknownst to me, many of these trail mixes feature Chex which are partially make of wheat. Luckily, Chex also makes a gluten-free whole grain rice version. Since our family is also picky with dyes and sweeteners and like to have our food as unprocessed as possible, we decided to tackle making our own.

Uh, it was TO DIE FOR!And now I’ll share it. Because that’s why you’re here, right?

Homemade Caramel Corn Mix

Ingredients Needed:
  • 3 Quarts Popped Popcorn (Organic recommended)
  • 4 Cups Gluten-Free Rice Chex
  • 2 Cups Sliced Almonds (Can be omitted for allergy reasons if needed)
  • 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar (Organic recommended)
  • ¾ Cup Raw Honey
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
Foamy Goodness
  1. Mix popped popcorn, Rice Chex and sliced almonds in a large bowl. Salt to taste.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter then stir in the honey and brown sugar. Bring to a rolling boil, stir consistently. Continue boiling for 6 minutes to thicken the mixture.
  3. Remove from heat. Add vanilla first then the baking soda. This will cause the mixture to foam up quickly. Continue stirring until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Pour hot mixture over dry ingredients and toss until all surfaces are covered.
  5. Transfer all the contents into a large, lightly greased roasting pan.
  6. Bake for one hour, re-mixing every 15 minutes at 250 degrees. Let cool and transfer to an airtight container.

You can thank me later.

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Category: Recipes

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