Snack food heaven
Happy New Year!
I am really looking forward to 2013. The idea of a brand new year is always exciting- but it’s also an excuse to be more creative with your life. To plan new things, set goals, make changes, drizzle dark chocolate like Jackson Pollock over a heap of white chocolate-covered marshmallows and cashews.
Yes, New Years is a fantastic time for the ultimate, chocolate-covered, dessert mix. It couldn’t be easier, or a better fit for New Years football games, parties, or just sitting at your kitchen table making grand plans for 2013. Whatever works.
Serving this on large platters means more people can eat your leftovers.
To be frank, whenever I see a recipe for dessert/snack mixes- really anything loosely tied together by a sugary substance with some Chex cereal thrown in- I am wary. I have too often been dissapointed by dessert mixes that look amazing (peanut butter, pretzels, and powdered sugar- sign me up!) but end with a cloyingly-sweet aftertaste.
This mix is different. The light white chocolate layer over salty cashews and pretzels is a nice balance- and I adore marshmallows, so any excuse to add those in anything is perfect. Also, this recipe requires white chocolate almond bark, which (don’t be decieved) is not a health-food product. It is the easiest way to melt white chocolate, and for this recipe, it’s what you need.
Here’s to the best year yet- and an excuse to fling dark chocolate in whatever way you please.
White Christmas Snack Mix
What You Will Need:
6 cups of Crispix cereal
2 cups of Honey Nut Cherrios cereal
Big can of cashews halves and pieces (or an 8 ounce bag)
1 large bag of peanut butter M&M’s
2 cups of knot pretzels
2 high quality dark chocolate bars
(don’t skimp on quality here; it really makes a difference in the contrasting tastes between the two types of chocolate)
What You Will Do:
1. In a very big bowl, mix the Crispix, Honey Nut cheerios, cashews, M&M’s, marshmallows, and pretzels.
2. In a separate bowl, melt one package of white almond bark in the microwave, or follow the directions on the package to melt it on the stove. Pour melted white almond bark onto the cereal mix and stir, making sure to coat each piece.
3. Spread the entire mixture out on wax paper.
4. While it is hardening, melt two dark chocolate bars in the microwave. My preferred method is to melt both bars on high in a microwave-safe bowl for one minute; then microwave the chocolate for 15 second intervals, stirring briskly after each heat blast, to melt the chocolate and create a smooth consistency. Try and microwave the chocolate as little as possible; the more you microwave it, the more likely it is to burn.
5. After the dark chocolate is melted, take a spoon and drizzle it over the cereal mixture like the artist that you are. Let it harden for about 15-20 minutes.
6. Once hardened, break the pieces apart and share them with your loved ones. Or not. 🙂