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hanging with kari in the kitchen: guest post

I’ve invited our team to each do a guest blog post at some point during our birthday month and it’s been SO fun for me to see what they’ve each had to share. In case you missed any of those, click on anyone’s name so you can check out their fantastic ideas.

Erin  |  Brandi  |  David  |  Laurie Kara

There’s just one left, and today’s post is brought to you by the fabulous Kari Holt. Our Creative Team knows Kari pretty well because she’s the one who manages all of the CT efforts, communication, gathering of Project Life samples each month, and so forth. But Kari also has about a hundred other responsibilities around here and I just have to say – I don’t know what I’d do without her. I swear we share a brain. On those days when I really feel like I could use a clone, Kari comes pretty close.

Without further adieu, I’m turning the rest of this blog post over to my dear friend and one of the most giving human beings I know – Kari.






Well how’s that for an introduction? Boy, have I got a lot to live up to …. although I will say if I have to share a brain with anyone, I’d choose for that someone to be Becky Higgins. I mean, who wouldn’t want a piece of her brain alongside at all times?

Anyone who knows me well or follows my Instagram feed knows that I love to bake. I don’t mind cooking, either, but there is something about cakes + cookies + candies + breads that gets my carb-loving heart going. Let’s not dwell on what that can mean in the calorie department – we’re going to keep this focused on the joy that comes from creating yummy things to share *wink*.

Today I am going to share a recipe that quickly became a favorite around our house. I received it about 10 years ago from a dear friend who brought it along to a party. It has since become my go-to recipe whenever I need to bring a treat along to any type of gathering or if I’m looking to share with a large number of people {like my husband’s office staff or teachers at school}. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve made it now and quit pulling out the recipe years ago because I had memorized it. Yup – that’s how much I love it. It’s fantastic for several reasons: 1) It’s quick and easy to make. 2) The ingredients are simple to keep on hand. 3) It makes a massive amount – always enough to share and still plenty to enjoy yourself. 4) It tastes so.darn.good.

{addiction} *trust me –  you will understand the need for such a name as soon as you try it.

3 cubes/sticks butter (1 1/2 cups)

2 cups sugar

2 cups light corn syrup

1 large box Rice Chex (generics work fine, too)

1 large box Golden Grahams

4 cups coconut

3 cups sliced almonds

  • Mix cereals, coconut, and almonds in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Melt butter, sugar, and corn syrup together and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Pour sugary goodness over cereal and mix well. Spread onto wax or parchment paper to cool.

Now for the photographic play-by-play:

1. Go ahead and dump the cereal, coconut, and almonds into a large bowl and mix them up with your hands. Or a spoon.


Sidenote: If you have an Ikea anywhere nearby and don’t own THIS bowl, do yourself a favor and get one. The one shown here is the 14″, but I also own the 11″ and could not function in my kitchen without them.


2. Fire up your burner and add the butter, sugar, and corn syrup to a large pot (mine is an 8 qt. size). I buy the 16 oz. bottles of corn syrup (typically Wal-mart’s Great Value brand) and it is the perfect amount for this recipe.



3. As it melts down, watch for the sugar mixture to boil. See the full rolling boil in the photo on the right? That’s what you’re looking for. Once you see that nice rolling boil, keep stirring and boil for 3 minutes. Boiling much longer than that will leave your Addiction on the crunchier side … so I’ve been told :).


4. Once your 3 minutes is up, turn off the heat and pour the sugary goodness over your cereal mixture. I start by pouring about 1/2- 2/3 of the syrup into the large bowl, mixing it well with the cereal, then pouring the rest of the mixture over the cereal and mixing again.


5. Lay out parchment paper – another kitchen item I swear by.


6. I like to mix everything a few more times just to make sure it is evenly (and well) coated. I figure it’s a great arm workout, too. My tool of choice here is the Mix N Scraper by Pampered Chef.

note: I have friends who add m&ms, peanuts, chocolate chips, and similar items at this point. I, myself, am a purist with my Addiction and leave it to just the basics.


7. Dump the entire bowl of awesomeness onto the parchment paper and spread it out to cool. Taste testing at this point is essential.


8. Once your Addiction has cooled, gather it up and place it back in your large bowl to serve. At our house, that typically means standing at the counter and mindlessly eating until sick to our stomachs – thus the reason it is called Addiction … it is nearly impossible to walk away from.


I have also given this as a gift in cellophane bags (tied with a tag + ribbon – 3×4 Project Life cards are perfect for this), in small glass jars (with vinyl lettering applied), and even in large disposable Ziploc plastic bowls. Whether you choose to share it {or not}, I hope you enjoy this little bit of heaven in your life and I will gladly take full responsibility for whatever calorie damage it may do.




21 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    Sounds really good. I may have to consider making some for the Halloween party we are heading to on Thursday night!

  2. Barbara Picinich says:

    Thanks so much for this post, I’ve made it before but didn’t have cooking instructions so mine came out super chewy. So happy to now know how long to cook it so it comes out perfect. You can’t go wrong with golden grahams and coconut!

  3. Melissa says:

    This sounds great! We buy our cereal in bulk. Is there any way I could get the cereal measurements in cups??

  4. Maureen says:

    This sounds yummy! I just added the ingredients to my shopping list!

    And btw: If you eat this (or any high calorie yumminess) with your eyes shut, the calories don’t count because you didn’t see them going in! :o)

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I cannot wait to try this!

  5. Kim says:

    Looks delicious, any suggestions for swapping out the nuts and coconut? Our daughter has anaphylaxis and there are a number of kids at school with the allergies so this won’t work for me unless I can find a work around….I’m drawing a blank for what to substitute.

    Thanks in advance :)

  6. Sherry S. says:

    Love this recipe! It is very addictive and considering Kari is on a 25 day cleanse makes her thoughtfulness to share the recipe even sweeter!

  7. Shanon says:

    Just a note for what it’s worth: My sister makes this to give out to her neighbors at Christmas time. Of all the candy and treats she’s made over the years… this one has been the biggest hit and the one they ask her for. Finally she gave up on making candy and other treats (at least for the neighbors) and just gives them a big ole plate of this stuff. It’s a hit… trust me!

  8. laura g. says:

    this is really, really good! my friend, janet, used to make it and bring it to work …she suddenly passed away a few years ago and seeing this reminded me of her :)! now I have the recipe and can make it and take it to work to share…and the share the memories! thanks!!

  9. Michelle H. says:

    In my ward this has been nicknamed Crack. In fact I disappointed many when I brought regular old candy bars to the Halloween Trunk or Treat last weekend; several people were looking forward to a hit. I guess that makes me a dealer???
    (And made without the Golden Grahams it’s a great gluten free treat!)

  10. Tiffany says:

    I just made this and it is absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. Carrie says:

    Thank you for this!

    I fear I may have to make this again, for this batch isn’t going to last long.

    And I do need to get that bowl! The biggest one I had wasn’t even close!

  12. Eileen W says:

    I’m not sure if I should thank you or not! Made it on Halloween and still snacking on it at work and home. Sooooo addictive!

  13. Michele says:

    Great recipe. Thanks for sharing. My daughter wants to have a variety of snacks mixes at her march wedding. We just added this one to the list.

  14. Shannon B says:

    This stuff is so good! We usually make it around the holidays and new year so we call it CHRISTMAS CRACK.
    I’ve never had crack before, but the enjoyment factor and the compulsion to eat this stuff non-stop makes me think that it is pretty close.

  15. Clare says:

    Very unhealthy, 2 cups of sugar plus 2 cups of corn syrup added to high sugared cereal. Yikes!!!

  16. Susan says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I made it and my whole family loved it!

  17. Melissa says:

    I love this recipe. The person I got it from calls it “Mix of Death.” One year we gave it to my all my sons’ teachers for Christmas with the recipe attached and they each had to explain that no wishes were intended by the title of the recipe. It made for great laughs and several teachers started using it with their own families.

  18. Gabriella says:

    I wasn’t sure where to ask this. Will all your recipes return to your website? I never wrote them down, I just always referred to your blog when I needed them and now I’m wishing I had them.

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