Prep Time
15 Mins
Cool Time
30 Mins
Makes 13 cups

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.)

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

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Ratings & Reviews

Dianaawalker's Review

March 26, 2013
If you like salty and sweet then you will like this. I went a little easy on the ranch after reading the other reviews. I took it on a camping trip and it was a hit.

5kids4kim's Review

October 05, 2011
I was really questioning the Ranch dressing mix in this, but made it anyway. It was just 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.

Becky54's Review

January 08, 2011
This looks like something the family would enjoy but it was not a hit at all.

Co2l2en's Review

December 16, 2008
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.