When I was little my mom would caramelize plain Corn Flakes for me, and I would eat them as a dry snack or eat them with milk like normal cereal. It was my FAVORITE thing.. then I discovered Frosted Flakes - and since those were WAY sweeter, I think my mom phased out her semi-homemade frosted flakes for Tony the Tiger's.
To be honest, I totally forgot about these.. until I read about Caramel Clusters - When I read about these I got super excited thinking it was what my mom used to make! These look amazing, but not quite as simple as my momma's. So I decided to figure it out myself!
4 cups of Plain Corn Flakes
1/8 cup of sugar
1/8 cup of honey
Pinch of spices (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon) - Optional - I used La Boite's Yemen N.10 from an old popsugar must have box
Pour sugar and honey and a few pinches of spice to a non-stick pan.
Turn the heat on high, mix it all together, and wait for it to boil! (should take less than 1 minute)
As soon as it starts boiling, start stirring. Now here is the trickyish part since I don't use a candy thermometer.. I let it boil for about a minute (til it starts to bubble alot/the bubbles are bigger) - all the while mixing. You can't really go wrong at this point - the longer you boil the more caramelized your sugar.
Then pour in Corn Flakes straight into the pan! and stir!
Get it all mixed up and just pour it out onto a Silpat or parchment paper!
The new frosted flakes should cool in less than a minute. If you want to add more spices this is where you would do it.
After it has cooled - break it up and store it somewhere air tight! Oh yes.. and Eat!