Cook’s Notes: You could also call this “White Christmas Mix.” This is my version of Alton Brown’s White Trash (link), but it is made without cereal or pretzels. A 6-oz bag of dried cranberries yields 1.5 cups.
I brought this to my co-workers, and it received rave reviews. At least two people related tales of having to hide it from spouses. It is very easy to make and delicious.
2 bags (12-oz each) white chocolate chips
12-oz bag whole toasted almonds
2 cups whole cashews
2 cups dried cranberries (8 oz)
1 cup plain M&Ms (half of a 14-oz bag)
In a microwave-safe large bowl, heat chips on medium power for 1 minute. Stir. Add 1 tsp olive oil into the bowl and stir again. Heat the chocolate for another 30 seconds on medium; stir well until chips are completely melted and smooth. If required, continue to heat the chocolate on medium at 30-second intervals, stirring well each time.
Add mix-in ingredients to the melted chocolate. Stir to mix well with a rubber spatula, being sure to completely coat all ingredients. Spread mixture onto parchment paper to cool, separating the mixture into individual pieces or bite-size clusters (the easiest way to do this is by hand, wearing food-safe disposable gloves). When chocolate is set, store mix in an airtight container.
Makes 14 cups.
Source: This specific blend of mix-ins was inspired by a Trader Joe’s trail mix of almonds, cashews, and cranberries. Yes, you could simply add pre-made trail mix to the melted white chocolate and go from there.