sweet or savory?

You know that age-old conundrum? It usually hits you when you go out for breakfast–sweet or savory. Should you go for the pancakes or french toast, or should you get eggs or corned beef hash? It’s nice when you can combine the two. This Toffee Crunch comes pretty darn close.


It’s like Chex Party Mix except it is candied. The recipe follows, but here’s the question–do you have any similar recipes or even just recipes for toffee crunch sorts of things that you can share and recommend? This Toffee Crunch is delicious, but there is some debate as to whether the savory element should be kicked up a notch.
Read on for the recipe …

Toffee Crunch
Recipe courtesy of Jane and Helen, who got it from the lady at the tennis club (I think. Okay, I don’t really know where this recipe is from exactly)
For the candy goo:
2 1/4 c light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c light corn syrup
1 c butter (that’s two sticks)
1 lb mixed nuts
5 1/2 c Crispix cereal
5 1/2 c Rice Chex
7 c Corn Chex (or it might be 5 1/2 c Corn Chex and 7 c Rice Chex. My source was unsure)
Combine the ingredients for the candy goo in a heavy pot. Melt it and boil the mixture for 5 minutes. Pour it over the cereal/nut mix and stir to combine. Spread it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (or two, probably) and bake at 250F for an hour. You might want to stir it every 15 minutes or so to prevent the top from getting scorched. Remove from the oven and dump the mixture onto parchment paper. Cool completely. Store in airtight containers (assuming you don’t eat it all at once).
Bon Appetit!

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10 Responses to sweet or savory?

  1. Rachel says:

    evile evile woman. I’m usually a savory breakfast person. Except when I’m not and add a quarter cup of brown sugar to my otherwise healthy bowl of oatmeal or something. Haven’t figured out how to sweeten my eggs yet, but I’m working on it.

  2. Lisa says:

    I bet it would taste good with a little sprinkling of kosher salt and something spicy like cayenne or togarashi. Hm. This sounds like something I would eat with a bar of chocolate when I am PMS-ing out…maybe next month…

  3. heide says:

    I always have the same problem at breakfast. My husband recently found us a great solution: Matzo fritters. It’s crushed up matzos with eggs and I don’t know what else (savory), squished into pancakes and fried, and then served with apple sauce (sweet). Perfect!

  4. texcilla says:

    I’ll have mine mixed with some yogurt, please!

  5. Gina says:

    It’s no contest — I am a savoury breakfast gal. I only wish I could find more savoury treats.

  6. amy k. says:

    yeah-savory for me too. but with a bit of sweet-which is why potato pancakes with both apple sauce AND sour cream is the perfect breakfast.

  7. vespabelle says:

    I usually eat a savory breakfast but occasionally get a craving for sweet (like pancakes). 90% of the time, I end up regretting getting pancakes instead of tofu scramble. (note to self: stick with potatoes!)

  8. Joy says:

    For the ultimate in sweet&savory breakfasts, you must have Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. Fried super-savory chicken, a fluffy waffle with maple syrup, and buttery grits on the side. Nothing better! The House of Chicken & Waffles in Oakland does them up nice too!

  9. sue says:

    where’s the protein? though it is probably a delicious snack mix.
    Toasted pinenuts on a ricotta-schmeared whole wheat sesame bagel is my breakfast heaven.

  10. Janis says:

    Hi Mariko,
    These are a great savory/sweet snack. I gave away many batches this Christmas for gifts. Much of the stuff was consumed immediately upon opening it up. I decreased the cayenne a bit. They are tasty even though they don’t include 2 sticks of “buttah” (not that there is anything wrong with that!)
    http://www.davidlebovitz.com/recipes/glazed_nuts.html Should satisfy the savory/sweet cravings with one bowl!

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