Pack this snack in bag lunches or keep it on hand for a quick munch between meals. For goof-proof melting of candy coating, use your microwave oven.
` Popcorn Crunch
Non-stick spray coating
1 1/2 pounds chocolate-flavored candy coating (available at cake decorating and candy making stores), cut up
3 tablespoons peanut butter
14 cups popped popcorn
3 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
Spray a large cookie sheet with non-stick coating; set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl combine candy coating and peanut butter. Cook on 100 percent power (high) for two to three minutes or until coating is melted, stirring after every minute.
Meanwhile, in a very large bowl combine popcorn, cereal and peanuts. Pour warm melted coating mixture over popcorn mixture, tossing to coat well. Spread onto prepared cookie sheet; cool thoroughly. Break apart and store in a tightly covered container for up to five days. Makes 22 cups.