Having Fun with M&Ms

 With two growing boys, including one with an extreme sweet tooth, I almost always have some sort of treats that include chocolate for snack time.   

 No Bake Bars

Yield:  One 15” x 10” x 1” Pan

Ingredients:

  • 4 c Cheerios
  • 2 c Rice Krispies
  • 2 c dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 c M & M’s
  • 1 c light corn syrup
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 1½ c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 t vanilla

 Directions:

  • In large bowl, combine the first four ingredients and set aside.
  • In saucepan, bring corn syrup and white sugar to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in peanut butter and vanilla, pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat evenly. Spread into a greased 15” x 10” x 1” pan.
  • Cool and cut.

 

Tyler’s Chex Mix

Ingredients:

  • 9 c Chex cereal (Corn, Rice, Wheat or a combination of any or all)
  • 2 c gold fish-pretzels
  • 2 c gold fish-cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (8 oz) Gardetto’s Special Request Roasted Garlic Rye Chips
  • 1 Medium bag M&M (can be plain, peanut, almond, etc)
  • 6 T butter or margarine
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ t seasoned salt
  • ¾ t garlic powder
  • ½ t onion powder

 Directions:

Microwave:

  • In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, gold fish and rye chips; set aside.
  • In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted.
  • Stir in seasonings.
  • Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
  • Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes.
  • Spread on paper towels to cool.
  • Add M&Ms.
  • Store in airtight container.

OR

 Oven:

  • Heat oven to 250°F.
  • In large ungreased roasting pan mix cereals, gold fish and rye chips; set aside.
  • Melt butter on stove or in microwave.
  • Stir in seasonings.
  • Gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated.
  •  Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes.
  • Add M&Ms
  • Store in airtight container.

 

Garbage Can Cookies

Oven: 350   Cook Time: 11-13 minutes   Yield: 7 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 c butter
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1 ½ c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T milk
  • ½ c peanut butter
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 c oatmeal
  • 6 oz chocolate chips
  • 6 oz peanut butter chips
  • 1 c M&Ms

Directions:

  • Cream butter and sugars.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Combine vanilla, milk and peanut butter into mixture.
  • Add flour and oatmeal-mix until moistened.
  • Stir in chips and M&Ms.
  • Bake in 350 oven for 11-13 minutes.
  • Cool on pan for 1 minute.
  • Remove and cool completely on wire rack.
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