Today I’m sharing my favorite snack during the holidays. Christmas White Trash is one of the items that I place in my Christmas Gift Baskets or give as tokens of appreciation for attending my holiday gatherings. I’ve been making this recipe for several years, and I munching on it during the holidays. I’ve seen several different names for it, White Trash or Christmas Crunch. Whatever you decide to call it just make it. It’s a great mixture of salty and sweet, it’s so easy and delicious.
What you will need:
- 9 cups of unsweetened cereal (I use Rice Chex and Cheerios)
- 3 cups of salted party nuts (I use peanuts with sea salt)
- 2 – 2 1/2 cups of stick pretzels
- 1 – 2 cups of Christmas M&Ms (Optional)
- 2-12 oz. bags of White Chocolate (I use about 1/4 of a bag more when I add the M&Ms)
- Wax or Parchment Paper
Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Next, melt chocolate slowly in the microwave. First, start the melting process for 1 minute and than 50 second increments until it’s melted. Stir the chocolate thoroughly after each 50 second increment.
I do not recommend using a plastic container to melt your chocolate. From my experience, it won’t sustain the heat and the chocolate tends to scorch in them. I recommend using Corning Ware Bowls for the job. However, if you don’t have Corning Ware make sure that your bowl is microwavable and it will sustain the heat.
This step is important, use small bowls to mix the dry ingredients and chocolate together. I’ve found that the smaller ingredients (Cheerios and peanuts) tend to fall to the bottom of the bowl. Mixing in smaller batches allows you to control the ingredients and ensures a more even coverage of chocolate.
Once your ingredients have been covered with the white chocolate, spread it on the wax or parchment paper to dry and set. I allow mine to set for at least an hour. Once it is set, break into pieces and place in a festive bowl or airtight container. Finally, if you are making the Christmas White Trash recipe as a gift, place it in a plastic or cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon. Also, if you’re having a holiday gathering or office party, place this mix in a festive bowl. Sit back and enjoy your family and co-workers devouring this festive treat.