These are one of my kids favorite snacks! They resemble rice krispy treats but I feel a they are a little healthier with the popcorn, cheerios and nuts. I do have to omit the nuts if my kids are taking them to school for lunch/snack because of nut allergies. But they turn out yummy either way. You can easily add or subtract ingredients depending on everyone's tastes, just keep the proportions about the same. I added M&Ms, sprinkles & animal crackers for the take-home favors for Ashley's Animal birthday party. They were a huge hit!
1 package regular sized plain microwave popcorn
2 Tablespoons butter
2 1/4 cups mini marshmallows
2 cup cheerios cereal
1 ounce (or small handful) pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
1/4 cup peanuts
1. Microwave popcorn according to package directions. Pour popcorn into a bowl removing any un-popped kernels. Set aside.
2. Melt butter in a large pan. Add marshmallows and stir for 2 minutes or until marshmallows melt. Remove from heat.
3. Add 4 cups popcorn and remaining ingredients. Stir until fully coated.
4. Cool for 2 minutes then form into 12 large or 24 mini balls. Cool 5 more minutes.