Not too long ago, I ordered a bunch of fun seasoning mixes from Mystic Blue Spice Company. They all smell so good! Yesterday I needed to make some party mix to sell for my daughter’s dance fundraiser and thought an Asian-spiced mix would be fun to try with their Asian Dragon seasoning. It turned out fantastic … Thanks, Mystic Blue.
Asian Dragon Party Mix
- 6 cups of unsweetened cereal (your choice … I used 4 cups of rice chex, 2 cups of corn chex)
- 3 cups of pretzels
- 1 cup of peanuts
- 2 cups of mixed Chinese rice crackers or Asian snack mix
- 1 1/2 cups of wheat thins (or whatever other crackers or mix-ins you’d like to include)
- 1 or 2 packages of Ramen noodles, uncooked (just the noodles) … or chow mein noodles
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- A few drops of sesame oil (or hot pepper oil if you want it to have a little kick)
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Asian Dragon seasoning mix from Mystic Blue Spice Company (or other Asian seasoning mix … don’t use five spice, though … I don’t think that would work)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Mix the cereal, pretzels, peanuts, and crackers or snack mix in a large bowl or big flat baking dish (I used two 13x9x2 inch baking dishes). Crumble the Ramen noodles over top.
Put the butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce and seasonings in a microwave-safe mug or bowl, cover and microwave on medium for about 2 minutes or until the butter is melted. Stir to mix it all up together well. Drizzle over the cereal mixture and gently stir to coat more of the pieces.
Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every fifteen minutes. Let cool, then store in an airtight container.
When I found these adorable Melted Witches in my quest for spooky foods for my Halloween Collection post, my daughter was really taken with these and DETERMINED to make them for the upcoming Halloween parties we are helping with. So we went out and bought Oreos, Laffy Taffy, pretzel sticks, Hershey’s Kisses, almond bark, and food coloring. And last Sunday we sat down to make these.
First we had to clear off our table and our island in the kitchen so we would have plenty of space for our project. That is a major task in itself in our messy house!
Making the Hats
The hats are simply half an oreo with a chocolate kiss stuck on top. My girl sat down and made the hats herself, using the sticky stuff from the oreos to stick the kisses on the “hats”. It was a great idea, but I really recommend using something stickier, like some melted almond bark or a bit of melted chocolate. The oreo filling just isn’t quite sticky enough to hold the hats together.
Next, make the Broomsticks
The broomsticks are made from pretzel sticks and Laffy Taffy. You have to flatten the taffy with your fingers, then cut it in half. “Fringe” the bottom half with a scissors, then wrap around the pretzel to make the broom. The taffy is very sticky, by the way, so you need to set them far enough apart so they don’t stick to each other.
Now, time to Melt the Witches
Melt your green candy melts or almond bark, then tint it with green food coloring in the microwave. Also melt a small amount of chocolate–you don’t need much chocolate. We used semi-sweet chocolate chips and they worked fine I think.
With the back of your spoon, make a circular shape with the green candy melt, then add a drop of chocolate and swirl it around in the green with a toothpick. Before the melted candy cools, stick on the broomsticks and hats. I recommend putting the sticky taffy end of the broomstick on top of the melt to keep the witches from sticking to the serving tray.
After making these, I have to say I have a completely new level of respect for Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Not only is she incredibly entertaining in all of her posts, she has a level of patience and dedication that clearly surpasses mine. Both my daughter and I were exhausted after this project! I felt a little melted myself.
I think I’ll be a witch for Halloween.
This is part of my series of 31 Days of Warmer Connections. Every day in October, I am blogging about connections through food.