Tuesday, February 11, 2014

White Chocolate Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

A week and a half ago, this was the snack mix of victory.  
Of champions.  
Of Super Bowl victors.    
As you probably know, that's not exactly how it went down.    This is still the spirited orange and blue snack mix of my "home" team (3300 miles away) as well as my alma mater (4164 miles away).   
Fear not.   I didn't waste any M&Ms.    All the colors were represented, representing peace and harmony, just like the Olympics.    I just pulled some of the orange and blue aside for this special bowl. 
This recipe is super easy, made in the microwave and a giant bowl.  No special skills required.   Perfect for your snacking pleasure.
What You Need
10 cups of the Chex type cereal of choice (corn, wheat, rice, your choice)
3 cups mini pretzels
3 cups Fritos
12.6 oz bag of plain M&Ms
2 (11 or 12oz) bags of white baking chips
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
What You Do
Combine cereal, pretzels, Fritos, and M&Ms in a large bowl.    Lay out wax paper or silicone baking mats on your counter.
In a smaller microwave safe bowl combine white baking chips and the oil.    In the microwave heat the chips and oil on medium heat for 2 minutes (stir after 1 minute) - do NOT over heat.    Stir until white chocolate is smooth.
Slowly pour chocolate over cereal mix, tossing with a spoon/spatula so that every piece is covered with chocolate.     Pour coated snack  mix  out onto the wax paper and smooth out to one layer.     Wait until it cools and then break it into pieces and store in an airtight container.
In addition to the Super Bowl last week, it was also the celebration of Chinese New Year.     Last Friday I went to the celebration on Front Street in Lahaina.     The dragons dance and then you "feed" them (red envelopes of money) for good luck in the new year.    First time ever celebrating the Chinese New Year!

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