21 January 2010

This is a dessert that Alton Brown mentioned on an episode of Dear Food Network last year. It sounded so good that people hounded him for the recipe until he posted it on his personal website. I heard about it this Christmas and found it on Recipezaar. My sister and I made it when we got together for Christmas.

White Trash

6 cups Cinnamon Chex

3 cups Cheerios
16 oz. plain M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
2 cups small pretzels
2 cups mixed nuts
3 (11 oz.) packages white chocolate chips

Dump the cereal, M&Ms, nuts & pretzels in a large bowl.
Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Melt very slowly, stirring occasionally, being careful not to burn the chocolate.
Dump melted chocolate over the rest of the ingredients and fold over and over until you have well-coated hunks and chunks.
Spread the whole mess out on parchment paper and set in a cool place until it sets up, then break it into pieces.
Store in zip-top bags or air-tight containers.

Makes 25 cups.

Yummy! This is so good! I made a few changes. The original recipe called for 3 cups of Rice Chex and 3 cups of Corn Chex. My grocery store was out of regular Chex (because it was on sale that week), so I got a box of Cinnamon Chex. This ended up being the best substitution ever! The Cinnamon Chex was so good in this. I will definitely use that from now on. I also left out the nuts, just because I don't really like them. And I can't eat chocolate right now (sad, I know!), so I used Reese's Pieces instead of the M&Ms. It was okay, but I am looking forward to trying it with M&Ms. I didn't really like the Cheerios in this recipe. They tasted too much like Cheerios to me! I think next time I will leave them out and substitute more of the Cinnamon Chex.

The only other change I made was to increase the amount of white chocolate. It called for two bags, but I saw pictures of the result on Recipezaar, and it didn't look very white to me. I wanted it to be more on the sweet side, so we used three bags. This definitely makes it sweeter!

We didn't have a bowl big enough to mix all of this together at once, so we split it up and mixed in two batches. Then we dumped it all out on parchment and let it harden. Then we had trouble not eating it while it was hardening!

The great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to customize it to your preferences. You can throw anything you want in there! And remember, it makes a lot! If you are making it just for yourself, you will probably want to reduce the recipe. Or be prepared to give some of it away.



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