I also have a little quirk when it comes to recipes. I believe that variety is the spice of life, and want to try as many new things as possible when it comes to eating. I've since retired my recipe box and have moved on to 3 huge binders to keep my collection in, all with their own little folders for each recipe category. One of those categories is "Most Used" so I can quickly find our favorites. A recipe has to be pretty kick-ass to make it to that folder, otherwise it probably won't see the light of day around here again.
I was recently craving some caramel corn (who doesn't in the fall?) and thought I'd try an idea I heard about from a friend a while back. My family loves Rice Krispies Treats, so we thought we'd try the same concept of putting together some bars, but with a fall flavored treat of caramel corn in place of the rice puff cereal. The end result turned into these scrumptious Caramel Corn Bars!
Made with the traditional gooey marshmallow mixture, it's a great way to create a fall inspired treat. What's fun about this recipe is you can be just like my mother-in-law and change it up with different ingredients each time you make it. Change the peanuts for a different kind of nut, swap out the chocolate chips for M&M's, add in some dried fruit. The possibilities are endless!
When Allison first had these, she asked, "Did you buy these or make them?" When I told her I made them she said, "Dang it! That means we aren't ever going to get them again!" No need to worry, child, this recipe went straight into my favorites folder, so we'll be sure to have them time and time again.
This is a favorite recipe among kids and adults, so it's a perfect addition to any dessert table, pot luck, or bake sale you attend this fall!
What mix-ins would you add to this recipe to make it different on your next batch?