The first big snow of the year has finally fallen, finals are over, and I'm officially in the Christmas spirit. Which means it's the perfect time for the ultimate holiday treat - Christmas Party Mix.
This delectable and oh-so-simple recipe is a family staple, mainly because it makes the perfect mini gift. I absolutely love gift giving, but when I was younger, it was always such a struggle to figure out how to get my 20+ close friends gifts without completely burning through my bank account. This recipe was my go-to, because it makes about 10-15 bags of delicious chocolaty salty goodness.
So, if you find yourself in a similar predicament, or need something to bring to all your holiday parties this season, whip up a quick batch of this stuff. I guarantee anyone can make it, and your friends will regard you as an iron chef after sinking their teeth into this. It's so addicting that my family has nicknamed it "Christmas Crack."
First, grab these ingredients:
5 cups Cheerios
5 cups Corn Chex
5 cups Corn Chex
10 ounces mini pretzels
1 pound M&M's (the holiday colored ones!)
2 packages vanilla chips
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Start by covering a large table or counter with plastic wrap.
Grab an extremely large bowl and pour in your pretzels.
Next, add your Cheerios.
Then your Corn Chex.
And top it off with your M&Ms.
Stir your mixture around a bit so that the ingredients are well-combined.
Next, place your chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
Add your oil to the chips.
Then place the whole thing in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring once. Then microwave fo another 10 seconds and stir again.
At this point, the people around you might start to smell the deliciousness and look for taste tests.
Once your chocolate is melted, pour it over your dry foods mix, stirring gently to combine. Work in shifts, pouring a little bit, then mixing, then pouring some more and mixing again until you're completely out of chocolate.
Pour your mixture over the plastic wrapped counter and spread it out. Let it dry for a couple of hours.
When you're done, your should end up with a clumpy salty-sweet delicious mixture.
To give this away as a gift (if you can bear parting with any of it), put some mix into a decorative holiday bag and close with a twist tie or a ribbon.
Easy, simple, and delicious. Happy Holidays!!