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Cheerios, peanut butter, and M&Ms

The family was craving something sweet over the weekend, but I was very low on sugar. Thinking creatively I came up with the answer...cheerio m&m bars. I tweaked a recipe I found on Recipezaar to come up with these. I was very happy with the results and pleased to have some way to use all these Cheerios (Kroger sale) and M&Ms (CVS).

2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup M&M chocolate candies
6 1/2 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal

In a large, heavy sauce pan, mix corn syrup, margarine, and brown sugar over low-medium heat. Stir constantly just until mixture begins to boil, remove from heat. Add peanut butter, mix well. Stir in cheerios until all are well coated. Gently stir in M&Ms. Butter a 9x13 baking dish. Press mixture firmly into prepared pan. You might want to butter your hands before doing this. Be sure to pack the mixture into the pan tightly, it helps keep the bars from being crumbly. Let cool until hardened, then cut and enjoy.


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