Thursday, September 4, 2008

White Chocolate Party Mix

As part of the celebration for Little Miss's birthday, I made a white chocolate party mix that was super yum. The inspiration for this came from the birthday party we'd attended the week prior. It had been made by my friend's mother and she doesn't share her recipes. Well, fine. Give me a challenge. How hard could it be?

Start with our ingredients:

4 c. Cheerios
6 c. Rice Chex (or the knockoff brand like I used)
3 c. pretzel shaped or waffle cut pretzels
3 c. M&Ms
2 c. craisins (my inspiration, ha!)
1 1/2 lb premium white chocolate*

*I tried this with Hershey's premium white chocolate chips and with the white chocolate chips from our local buy in bulk yummy stuff store. Hershey's was far superior. Definitely don't use almond bark. Find the best white chocolate you can and use it. It makes that much of a difference.

Place the white chocolate in a very heavy saucepan (I love my Le Creuset!) or in a double boiler and melt over medium low heat.

Cover the pot to ensure the heat is being evenly distributed and not just cooking the bottom part.

After about a few minutes, turn off the heat and begin stirring. It will look like this at first, which makes you think it won't melt.

However, it will quickly get to this consistency. Do you see how nice and pourable it got? Yum! Try not to eat it directly out of the pot.

While the chocolate is melting, place the remaining ingredients in a veeeeerrrry large bowl or roaster pan or something that will allow you to stir it without having everything go flying everywhere. I also love my giant bowls from IKEA.

Gently mix the dry stuff together without breaking anything (read: Rice Chex).

Use the spatula to drizzle the white chocolate onto the dry stuff. Only do about a quarter or so of the chocolate at a time and mix well in between or you'll end up with massive gobs of chocolate and lots of dry other stuff.

Eventually, it will look like this.

You'll want to put waxed paper on a counter. I have sheets of it (yep, more Costco stuff!), and it fills up about six sheets. I got smart somehow and realized that if you have a damp counter, the waxed paper sheets will stay in place while spreading the mix rather than sliding all over the counter. And I swear I figured this out via brains and not via trial and error. I'm still not sure how that happened.

Once the mix is all ummm mixed, pour it out onto the waxed paper and use the spatula to spread it out so that it hardens into manageable chunks. Once it hardens (less than an hour in the middle of summer for me), you'll want to break it up a little more, but not too much.

And if you have a family like me, when you put it into your container for storage, you'll have about this much left.

Enjoy! And definitely let me know what you think!


Angie's Spot September 4, 2008 at 7:59 PM  

Now this is a recipe I can get behind! Anything with chocolate in it. Yummy! I'll definitely be giving this one a shot. And I'm emailing you some recipes this weekend. Woo hoo!

edbteach September 4, 2008 at 8:28 PM  

I am so glad that you found a recipie that worked for you! I think I will make some for Christmas to give out to people.

I posted a new recipie on my website. It isn't anything new and exciting but I still love it - pineapple upside down cake. (I got the recipie from pampered chef but it is basically what is on the side of the cake mix box) Anyway, I even posted a picture!

Jeff September 4, 2008 at 10:47 PM  

Damn, that looks good! Yum! :-)

Cookie September 4, 2008 at 11:22 PM  

THat looks yummy!

Karen September 5, 2008 at 8:06 AM  

Holy Cellulite, woman! My diet can't take this kind of torture.

Michelle September 6, 2008 at 11:56 AM  

Angie - Thanks so much for the recipes. I can't wait to get them! Definitely let me know what you think when you make it!

edbteach - I did find one, although me being me, I had to adjust it, of course! It was great. And thanks for the heads up on pineapple upsidedown cake. I LOVE that stuff and I don't think we have one of those yet. Yum!

Jeff - It is good. And really, simple enough that even you ummm I mean anyone could make it.

Cookie - Oh but it is. And it didn't last long either!

Karen - Sorry. I suppose just looking at the pictures don't satisfy the craving, do they? Next time I'll put up something with fewer calories, I promise!

sheasy September 7, 2008 at 11:28 AM  

I could definitely eat this for breakfast.

Angela September 8, 2008 at 7:23 PM  

Looks yummy! And I love your beautiful blue Le Creuset!

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