Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Adapted from Taste of Home, this tempting treat never lasts long around our house! The original recipe did not call for the dried fruits, but once when we were having neighborhood get-together I threw them in. Everyone loved the original recipe, but the response I got from the fruited version was so great that now I almost always make it that way. Both versions are sweetly satisfying! **NOTE** Cooking time is based on using my microwave method instead of the double-boiler and also includes cooling/set-up time.
- 14 cups popped popcorn
- 2 cups crisp rice cereal
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- 1 lb white candy coating
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
- In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal and peanuts.
- In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt coating and peanut butter,.
- stirring occasionally. (I actually combine the coating and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, stir, microwave for another 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, stir.
- Pour over popcorn mixture; stir to coat. Spread evenly on waxed paper.
- Allow to set for at least 2 hours.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Yield: 5-6 quarts.
- **Note** White candy coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled "almond bark" or "candy coating" and is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.
This is an excellent mix... salty & sweet! we were given this at Christmas and I ate most of the bowl so I had to find a way to replace the treat and I found this recipe that is very similar. The only difference was that our friend added m&m's to the mix and no dried fruit. I plan to add the fruit because I am sure it will be very tasty! You could get very creative with your "extras".