Someone, years ago, made this for my mom (who was a teacher... they get the best homemade gifts from their students) and I've loved this recipe ever since.
Here's how you make it:
Grab your ingredients:
Start with a medium size sauce pan. Melt a stick of butter (I use margarine but I'm sure both work just fine. It's what my momma used so it's one of those things.) Add 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 3 TBS of corn syrup. Bring to a boil.
Now, here's the tricky part (just because you have to trust me). Once it's boiling, reduce your heat a little, but let it sit there, without stirring it, for 5 minutes. Yes, don't touch it. It will bubble, and that's what you want it to do. Not boil over or anything, just sit there and bubble.
It will look like this first,
And once you stir it, it will look like this.
Pour it over a big bowl that can be put in the oven, with your 8 cups of chex (you can use a mixture of corn and rice if you want, but I don't like having leftover chex) so I just pour an entire box of corn chex in the bowl with about 2-3 cups of pretzels. (My mom adds nuts to the mix as well before baking. Walnuts or almonds or pecans are great. I was out... so use your imagination)
I pour a little at a time, then stir. Repeat until all the sauce is covering a good portion of the mix.
When it's done baking, pour the mix over a wax paper covered baking sheet. Pour dried cranberries on top and stir it a little. Let it sit until it's "set" or cool. (My mom will also add candy corn during October, or holiday colored m&m's during Christmas. There's really so many options for this mix. Be creative!)
What you have is a wonderful treat, a great snack for football games, or a sweet snack to give out as a holiday gift to neighbors or coworkers.
I personally can't stop eating this stuff. It's addicting and SO good. Very easy and doesn't take much time at all.