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E.V.O.Oh my gah I’m in Italy! (1)

Picture 13So I actually made these Snack Mix Bars before I left to come to Firenze but I’m here! To steal Rachael Ray’s phrase (ugh never thought I’d say that) EVOOh my gahhh I’m in Italy! It is absolutely GORGEOUS here and the food is AMAZING! I think the Italian language is so beautiful and I am thrilled to be able to study it (and the cuisine) in a place like Florence! More about the food here later. For now: Snack Mix Bars.

Picture 15I found these on Inn Cuisine back in September, yes these have been on the “to bake” list for a while. To my surprise these are actually a no bake bar! I’m not sure why it surprised me when I actually got down to making these but yes, in fact, they are a no bake. This combined with the fact that they are addictingly delicious makes them a must make! A must make, no bake, heh. The only thing bad about these chunky bars is that you do have to let them sit a little while to harden up…you might think this is easy now, but just wait till the smell of peanut butter, butter, marshmallows and chocolate is wafting through your kitchen. My suggestion: just walk away. These would be absolutely perfect for kids or if you have to make things in bulk, like for a bake sale or party. They’re super easy and will please even the most tough of baking critics with the salty & sweet flavor combo. My mom and dad were shocked that I pretty much devoured the entire pan in a matter of days because they considered the Snack Mix bars “ugly” but hey, never judge a book by its cover.

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Snack Mix Bars
Adapted from Inn Cuisine

3 cups pretzel sticks (snapped into thirds)
2 & 1/3 cups Wheat Chex
2 cups plain M&M’s (feel free to experiment with other varieties–I did 1 cup regular and 1 cup peanut butter M&Ms)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I prefer Jif Natural)
5 & 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

In a large mixing bowl, combine pretzels, Wheat Chex and M&M’s. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and peanut butter; add mini marshmallows, cooking and stirring until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour over pretzel mixture; stirring and tossing gently to coat. Press mixture into a greased 13″x9″x2″ baking dish. Cool until firm (away from hot kitchen lights), cut into squares and serve.

Yield: approximately 2 dozen (more or less depending on the size squares you cut–by halfway through the pan I just started ripping chunks off, yummmm)

Picture 16Buon Eating. More to come from Italia soon!

Ciao!

Whitney

9 Comments

  1. Well, if it’s any consolation, I think they LOOK amazing, and I think I understand the struggles waiting for them to set up. I’ve been known to eat rice-krispy treats with a spoon before they were ready :-) Thanks for the recipe and have a great trip!

  2. You think the only reason they were worried about you noshing the whole pan in two days was because they were “ugly”? Your decadence never ceases to amaze me sista. Good think you are in Italy. Just kidding. Sort of… PS: This looks like gorp all mushed together! Would you consider adding raisins? Miss you!

  3. Tessa-thanks so much I’m having a great time so far! And yes…I think I can agree with you on the rice krispies, they’re just too good to wait!
    Marshall- thank you SO much for the recommendations–I have actually been to all of those places except 2! I am waiting to go to La Giostra for a special occasion and I’ll have to put Ocean View on my list. All the other places were amazing!
    Liz- haaaa. Yes I could add raisins for you and yes I’m on my way to becoming Precious.
    Steph- yep this is pretty much the perfect one! and I must say I love Italy.
    Sarah- thanks so much! I’m glad you liked them.

    Thanks all for the comments and for visiting!
    Whitney

  4. Oh, boy the stories you’ll have to tell while abroad! And all the insanely good food you’ll get to sample. So jealous but thanks for leaving us with these bars. Talk about over the top! :)
    ~ingrid

  5. Amy says

    When I saw the picture I was already hooked! I made this with my friend, and it was amazing. Its like a cross between a rice krispy treat and puppy chow! but with pretzels and cereal! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

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