Of course apples are the star of fall, but I think that caramel and fall make a pretty good match as well. I make this mix all times of the year, but it wasnt until this fall that I realized how appropriate it seemed. This mix would make a great addition to any party. You could even "match" the holiday or your party by using particular m&m colors. It has been likened to cracker jacks (which btw you could sub the chex for popcorn) and is pretty delicious.
Caramel Chex Mix
9 c. chex cereal (or popcorn)
1 c. peanuts (optional)
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 c. of mix in's, such as chocolate chips, m&ms, raisins, etc (I just eyeball it and throw some in until it looks good, I doubt its ever 3 cups)
*In a large baking pan, I usually use one of those big foil roaster pans, combine the chex and peanuts
*In a medium saucepan bring the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Boil over medium heat, without stirring, for 5 min.
*Remove from heat and add the vanilla and then the baking soda (from frustrating experience, it seems to be important to add the vanilla before adding the baking soda. Wierd things happened and made it unusuable!)
*Pour the caramel mixture over the chex and stir to coat, but dont stress about getting it even, it will even out as it spends time in the oven.
*Bake in a 250 degree oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 min.
*Pour it out onto a large piece of wax paper and break it apart as it cools.
*When it has cooled completely add your mix ins