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THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

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.

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