Caramel Snack Mix

Caramel Snack Mix

1/4 cup margarine or butter (use stick butter only)
2 TB light corn syrup
6 TB packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
4 cups Chex cereal (corn, rice or combination)
4 cups your choice: pretzels, walnuts, pecans, popped popcorn or a mixture
1 cup peanuts

Mix cereal and other dry ingredients in large microwavable bowl; set aside. Microwave margarine, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla in large microwavable bowl on high for two minutes or until mixture is boiling, stirring after one minute. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave five to six minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after every minute. Spread on waxed paper to cool, stirring occasionally to break up. Store in large airtight container. Oven Directions: Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees. Mix cereal, popcorn and peanuts in large roasting pan; set aside. Heat margarine, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla to boiling in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; stirring frequently. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to cool, stirring occasionally to break up. Store in airtight container.