White trash mix... what a terrible name for such a delicious party snack. I've had it made various ways over the years, but my favorite incarnation is made with Lucky Charms cereal. Whoever decided on this change is an absolute genius! I still remember the Saint Patrick's Day party in elementary school when some enterprising room mother brought it in. In fact, it's the only thing I remember about that party, but my love for Lucky Mix was cemented that day. Now any time I need a quick sugary snack to bring along somewhere this is it.
The first time I busted this out for poker night I was surprised how many people had never had it. Now when it's our turn to host it's the first thing I make, my husband insists on it. I will admit that I messed up a bit last time we hosted poker night. I forgot to make it, but in my defense I was in the middle of a crazy mission to make 7 different hot dips in an attempt to use all my crock-pots at once. What can I say, we're an odd bunch and I do have a somewhat excessive amount of crock-pots. I'm also pretty sure my husband had a bet going with someone that I wouldn't be able to pull it off.
Just let me warn anyone who tries to issue a food related challenge. You are going down, end of story. I'm just stubborn like that. Besides, food is kind of in my wheel house.
And now for a quick word of warning in case you decide to try this recipe out for your next party or poker night, it's highly addictive. If you've got a large group coming over make sure to double the recipe, this is always the first thing to disappear.
makes approximately 12 servings
1 box Lucky Charms Cereal (11.5 oz)
1 bag white chocolate chips (12 oz)*
2 cups M&Ms
2 cups pretzels
2 cup honey roasted peanuts
Double boiler, for melting the white chocolate
If you don't have access to a double boiler you can construct one using a mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water. Just make sure the pot doesn't come in to contact with the water.
- Fill the bottom of a sauce pan or double boiler with several inches of water. Do not allow the water to touch the bottom of mixing bowl or double boiler.
- Bring water to a simmer and add white chocolate to the double boiler. Stir occasionally until there are no lumps and chocolate is smooth.
- While chocolate is melting separate the marshmallows from the lucky charms cereal and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl combine peanuts, pretzels, and lucky charms cereal (but not the marshmallows, the warm chocolate will melt them.)
- Once chocolate has melted pour over the contents of the mixing bowl and stir until well coated.
- Spread the coated cereal on a baking sheet to cool for several minutes before adding marshmallows and m&m's.
- Let stand for 20 - 30 minutes while chocolate hardens, break pieces up, then enjoy!
If you happen to have an Easter bunny or two lying around uneaten melt those babies down! They make a great coating for lucky mix.
You thought I was kidding, didn't you? Didn't I just warn you that we're a weird bunch?
If you're having trouble getting the chocolate to set up, stick your Lucky Mix in a gallon sized ziploc bag and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes. I've noticed that on hot or humid days my chocolate doesn't always want to behave.
This tasty treat has been around since I was a kid, although I'm not sure where the recipe originated. It could have been the back of a cereal box or a recipe belonging to a very ingenuous room mother. Those ladies have quite a bit of talent when it comes to making fun treats for holiday parties.