Recipe and How-To pictures under the cut. :)
Cast of Characters: I used Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, Kix, Corn Chex, HoneyComb, (or the generic equivalent, my kids don't care), Pretzels, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Honey, Butter, and an assortment of M&M's.
Melt 3/4 c butter and 1 c honey in a saucepan Wait. That picture up there? It's a lie. Here's what my bottle of honey really looks like.
Isn't he pathetic? But honey is the only food in the world that doesn't go bad. And it's expensive! So when it starts to crystallize, you just heat it, and it returns to normal. Doing this in the microwave isn't the best idea, though. Try a hot water bath. Anyhoo, live and learn. :)
Then you mix all your cereals in a big bowl. Add pretzels and honey roasted peanuts. Yeah, I use the whole jar. It's all about commitment, folks.
While your honey and butter are melting, mix your cereals and pretzels and nuts all together, hopefully with a hand that has better skin tone than mine. Pasty, I tell you. Go out into the sun, Carrie Leigh!
Get out your 9x13 pans (or similar). Here are mine. I call them good, bad and worse.
Spray them with non-stick spray. Have your cell phone there, just in case you have to take a call. :P
Pour the melted honey butter mixture over the stuff in the bowl and mix well.
Pour the stuff into your prepared pans.
Bake at 350 degrees stirring several times. Watch it! Don't let it burn! There's a fine line between "golden brown" and "Gah! This tastes like crap!"
At this point, you must resist the urge to rip open the M&M's and up end the bag into your open mouth.
Close call. CLOSE CALL.
While you're baking, lay out sheets of wax paper of a flat surface so that your stuff can cool. I didn't have wax paper. The non shiny side of foil works alright, too.
Mix your M&M's in.
Let it cool, then put them in little individual baggies for kids' snacks, or giant airtight containers or ziploc bags for storage. It doesn't go bad before it's gone, trust me. :)
Or, you can have it for brunch, like I did. Ah, the restorative powers of Peanut Butter M&M's. *happy sigh*
P.S. I'm unsure as to why the pictures are unbelievably huge. I apologize in advance. :)