2012 Holiday Party Mix: Nutlacker Sweets

Cook’s notes: A terrible pun, yes indeed. This year’s “White Christmas” mix has no nuts but plenty of flavor. This is easy to make, and the recipe makes enough for you to give a generous amount to several people.

No nuts, but lots of crunch
No nuts, but lots of crunch

2 bags (12-oz each) white chocolate chips
12 oz bag dried cranberries
14 oz bag dark M&Ms
4 cups multi-grain Cheerios
3 cups Rice Chex
3 cups small waffle pretzels

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.