Today the small squeaky kid and I made a start on some Christmas goodies. The dad and the tall kid are away at a day long hockey tournament, so squeaky and I spent our morning at hockey, then out for breakfast at a local diner, and then picked up supplies to make various and assorted goodies to give away for Christmas. Holiday parties are starting, and I like to give something along with the bottle of wine we always take along for the host or hostess.
I don’t really do holiday baking. My idea of Christmas baking is to invite the German-Swiss neighbours for Christmas dinner every year because they bring along a big platter of home-baked German goodies. Hey, it works for me. We’ve been doing it for almost 15 years now. Instead of baking, I have a few treats that I make every Christmas; assorted fudge, irish cream liqueur, dark chocolate bark, and this white chocolate party mix. My co-worker calls it White Trash, but I’m going to go with Santa Mix.
This is easy to make and you really can’t go wrong with some substitutions here and there. You can use a combination of rice chex cereal, corn cereal squares, even chopped up rice crispy squares, as long as you keep the amounts about the same in the end. Some people add in mini-M&M’s, but if you do, I’d add them in after the mix has cooled. I tried it once and the candy coating ran all over the rest of the mix as soon as the melted white chocolate was poured on top of them. It wasn’t pretty.
Oh, and you need a really big bowl or pot to mix this in. You could make a smaller batch, but you’ll eat it right away and need to make a second batch anyway.
White Chocolate Party Mix (Santa Mix)
- 1 pound of white chocolate
- 6 cups rice chex cereal (or combination of cereals of your choice)
- 3 cups toasted O’s cereal (Cheerios)
- 2 cups thin pretzel sticks
- 2 cups peanuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Combine cereal, nuts, pretzels and cranberries in a large bowl and stir to mix well.
Slowly melt the white chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water.
Pour melted chocolate over the dry mixture and stir until everything is well coated.
Spread the mixture onto wax paper and allow to cool. Gently break apart into small pieces. Store in air-tight containers or bags and refrigerate to keep fresh (or store it out in the cold garage or woodshed, like we do – just out of the reach of the dogs).
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Cute presentation! Is that a little ceramic star? I love it.
A friend just gave it to me – its glass, or melted glass, I think. It was made by a student at the college where she works. She always brings nice stuff from the art students.
I have this total aversion to white chocolate, growing up my family was told not to allow me to have any chocolate, so while everyone else had big baskets of chocolate on Easter, I got one piece of white chocolate, haven’t eaten it since I was a teen.
That being said, I love a good party mix and love rice chex. I might just have to try something similar when we do the baking this month.
I was never a fan of white chocolate either, but I really liked this when a coworker made it . I think it’s the sweet and salty together that I like.
Oh yum. So fast and easy – and what a great way to make your chocolate go further too… Love it, thanks!
Hey y’know, this’d go great alongside Grandma’s Christmas Snack Mix recipe (like home made bits ‘n bites, only better: ) What a classic sweet vs savoury flavour playoff! Btw, I can share, if you’d like the recipe. Have a Holly, Jolly!
Absolutely. I like giving away snack type gifts. I’d love the recipe. If you don’t want to put it in the comments, my email is email@example.com
I’m not the hugest fan of white chocolate….but this sounds insanely delicious and ‘Christmasy’. Will definitely be giving this one a try.
I hope you like it – it’s not overly white chocolate-y. It’s a nice mix of sweet and salty.
Will be making a gluten free version for my celiac grandson, sounds yummy.
It shouldn’t be hard to do – I bought gluten free chex cereal for this.
We’ll be making this together as soon as my Grandson arrives for Christmas. Thank you for the idea 🙂
You’re welcome. Kids seem to like this. Mine do.
sounds so evil and delicious and easy enough for me to make!
I’m all for easy recipes. And your cookies are nearly gone. So I’ll be making another batch to freeze – and I rolled half of the last batch – I’ll try slicing them and baking tomorrow. I actually need to do some baking this year – my neighbour is going back to Germany for the holidays. I have to make,y own treats.
can’t they put off going back just to get you through Christmas –ha ha–I cannot tell you how pleased I am that you are using this recipe
I’ve seen something like this snack, and I always say I’m gonna find a recipe for it. Voila! Thanks so much, it sounds very good. I’d love the sweet and salty too!
Vegan white chocolate has been hard for me to find, but this is on the list as soon as I do. This would be another lovely Christmas gift!
It’s pretty addictive. There seems to be a vegan version of almost everything – maybe you’ll find some.
I know there is for sure 🙂 I’ve heard other bloggers talking about it, just haven’t been able to find it 😉 Looks addictive!
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