This sweet, easy-to-munch-on mix makes a perfect after-school snack, yummy roadtrip sustenance, or even a great thank you gift if presented in a tin or a cellophane bag tied with a bow. The combination of textures of the cereal and pecans give it a nice crunch, and we like to add some M&M’s to the mix afterward to give it some color. Watch out though: this stuff has addictive qualities. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
PRALINE PECAN CRUNCH
8 cups Quaker Oat Square cereal (1 16-ox. box)
2 cups pecan pieces
1/2 cup Karo light syrup
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cereal and pecans in a 9×13-inch pan. Set aside. Combine corn syrup, brown sugar, and margarine in a 2-cup microwaveable bowl. Microwave 90 seconds and stir. Microwave 30 to 90 seconds more until boiling. Stir in vanilla and baking soda; pour over cereal mix. Stir to coat evenly. Bake one hour and 20 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. Spread on baking sheet to cool. Break into pieces and add M&M’s if desired.