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In our house we’re always mixing the old and the new, the authentic with the inauthentic, or in this case, the old with the old to create something completely new!
This Chicharrones Chips and Caramel Corn snack mix is like Armando’s and my childhood dreams colliding in one big bowl and then I threw in some nuts—basically how our kids were created. More or less.
You see, chicharrones chips are the Mexican snack that every abuela and street vendor makes specifically to calm and appease hungry children.
Caramel corn? Well that was my childhood snack of choice and this specific recipe is based on my mom’s particular blend of sugar and crunch, so it’s only natural that together they make the perfect sweet and salty, irresistible snack mix.
I was inspired to share the mix of these two flavors for Juicy Juice as a part of their Flavorful Fun initiative which is helping get kids interested in trying new foods.
(You might remember the Pot Roast Chicken Mole and Veggies recipe I made a few months back as part of the same program.)
Juicy Juice is working with chefs and food bloggers all over the country to help families discover a new world of flavor and encourage kids to expand their tastes, something I support 110%.
What Are Chicharron Chips?
Chicharron de harina go by many different names, they are also commonly called Duritos.
They are wheat crisps that you buy dried in wheel shapes or sometimes ridged rectangles and fry into ultra light, crispy puffs then squeeze a lime wedge over the top and a few glugs of hot sauce or a sprinkling of chili.
How To Make Healthier Caramel Corn
My mom’s original caramel corn recipe is divine (remind me to post it here for you) but it is not the healthiest thing on the planet.
In this recipe I’ve lowered the butter and brown sugar amounts and replaced the honey with 100% Juicy Juice fruit juice.
I used their Kiwi Strawberry Juice in this recipe because I love the tart tropical flavors but you could use any of their fruit juice flavors.
It still tastes just as sweet and delicious but with a lot less sugar and fat.
Tips and Riffs
Only thing about this snack mix is it is NOT a make-ahead recipe.
- Chicharrones de harina go stale quickly so mix this up right before you serve it.
- Also, don’t skimp on the fresh-squeezed lime juice over the top, it brings all the flavors together and brightens up the whole mix.
- Lastly, the additions of salted peanuts and almonds are mere suggestions, if you like a different type of nut, go for it! Dried cranberries would be good too. Pretzels maybe? Cereal like Chex? Cacahuates Japoneses? Hot Sauce? You do your thing.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What kinds of flavorful fun do your kids like? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear about your adventurous eaters!
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