I was looking up maple syrup recipes recently and this one caught my eye. I admit I stopped and lingered on this one a very long while. An absolute genius has came up with what appears to be a perfect mix of salt and sweet and heat. Maple Bacon Party Mix.
It's courtesy notwithoutsalt.com.
Maple Bacon Party Mix
6 cups cereal (any combination of: different varieties of Chex, or Cheerios, Crispix and/or Shreddies - not sweetened or frosted)
1 cup peanuts, roasted and salted
6 strips of bacon, cooked extra crisp and chopped (why stop at 6?)
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
4 Tablespoons maple syrup (the darker, the more smoky maple flavour)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 to 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt (you may want to use less if you have table salt)
Combine the cereals, peanuts, and cayenne in a large, microwave safe bowl.
In a small bowl combine the butter and maple syrup.
Add the butter mixture to the cereal and stir very well.
Microwave on high for three minutes, stirring every minute to prevent the sugars from scorching.
Add the bacon and salt. Stir.
Let cool. Serve.