Everybody needs a quick, easy snack fix that they can rely on for on-the-go munching. For this plethora of crunchy goodness, make sure to use a glass bowl when you zap this in the microwave. (Don't use a plastic bowl; we tried it, and the mixture got too hot and could possibly burn.)
2 (1-oz.) envelopes Ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups crisp oatmeal cereal squares
3 cups corn-and-rice cereal
3 cups crisp wheat cereal squares
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
How to Make It
Whisk together Ranch dressing mix and 1/2 cup vegetable oil in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. Stir in oatmeal cereal squares and next 3 ingredients.
Microwave mixture at HIGH 2 minutes, and stir well. Microwave at HIGH 2 more minutes, and stir well. Spread mixture in a single layer on wax paper, and let cool 30 minutes. Add cherries and candy pieces. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Quaker Essentials Oatmeal Squares for crisp oatmeal cereal squares, Crispix for corn-and-rice cereal, and Wheat Chex for wheat cereal squares.
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I was really questioning the Ranch dressing mix in this, but made it anyway. It was just awful...my husband and kids agreed. Such a waste, since I had to dump the entire thing. I even added extra dried cherries and the entire m&m bag to hide the Ranch taste, but it was just too strong.
I made this for company as well as for a meeting. It was such a hit! The mix of sweet and salty is the perfect combination for a munchy with drinks before dinner or an afternoon snack! Easy and highly recommended.
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