Stirring Up Gluten-Free Crunchy Halloween Bites

Who says gluten-free goodies don’t taste good? I modified a recipe for Crunchy Butterscotch Treats and came up with a winner. At least my family liked them; when I returned from work all the treats were devoured.  These small bites make great homemade Halloween treats for anyone following a gluten-free diet.

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Adapting the Recipe for a Gluten-Free Diet

To adapt this recipe from the original one making it gluten-free, I substituted General Mills Rice Chex for chow mien noodles. The other ingredients — chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanuts and candy corn for garnish — are gluten-free. Many grocery stores have labels on shelves by items to identify if the ingredient is gluten-free. This makes it much easier for anyone following a gluten-free diet to adhere to the diet and to substitute ingredients. For example, other brands of rice chex or rice cereal could be used in place of the General Mills brand. Other types of chips or nuts could be used in the recipe. Try some substitutions yourself!

Gluten-Free Crunchy Halloween Bites

  • Servings: 16 small treats
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 oz Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate Chips (2/3 cup)
  • 4 oz Nestle’s Butterscotch Morsels (2/3 cup)
  • 3 oz Dry roasted peanuts (1/2 cup)
  • 2 oz General Mills Rice Chex (2 cups)
  • Candy corn for garnish

Method and Steps:

  1. Place both chocolate chips and butterscotch morsels in top pot of double boiler. Heat and stir frequently until the chips and morsels are melted and smooth.
  2. Stir in the peanuts.
  3. Then gently stir in the Rice Chex until coated with the melted chocolate/butterscotch. Some of the Rice Chex will become mashed, this is okay.
  4. Place spoonfuls of the mix onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Garnish with candy corn while the bites are still warm. Then let bites set until cool and hardened.

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