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Microwave Snack Mix

Prep time 15 mins
Cool time 30 mins
Yield Makes 13 cups
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.)

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.