I’m a huge “munchies” person, meaning that if I were given a free day to do nothing (read: free roaming without kids, no chores, and some relaxation on the agenda), I would be munching on something. I like snacking all day, and usually I lean toward the savory type. Everyone in my family loves to “munch” on something, but then I realized that I don’t have any “munchies” recipe. I mean, that’s not fun right? It’s probably good that I don’t actually have a lot of free time to munch these days. I barely have time to eat my breakfast or lunch at work without someone coming into my office, asking a question, which usually then ends up being three to four questions, and then a few more follow-ups. And my time at home just feels like it’s full of back-to-back task.
Last year, a co-worker and I were planning on treating our team to a holiday lunch, and I had suggested that he and I just go ahead and cater the lunch, so that nobody has to bring any parts of the main course into work (the meat, veggies, potatoes, and rolls). I didn’t want to have to worry about warming anything up. So that’s done. And then he says: “I like those little snackies and munchies too!” Aaahhh!! Yeah, me too. Totally me too! SO I thought, how fun to do something like this, a bunch of sweet and salty snack food, and then bind together by melted white chocolate, you really can’t go wrong with that. I tried to get both of my kids to make this, since it’s pretty simple. Both were pretty mesmerized by the colorful candies, and were busy popping those into their little mouths. I told my daughter that this was a snack that we wanted to save for Santa’s Reindeer. And her response? “No mommy, you’re so silly. Reindeers eat carrots.” I tried to convince her that the reindeers may want this snack instead, but she insisted that no they prefer the carrots instead. So that’s the end of that debate. But I think you’ll agree that if the reindeers don’t care for this, then there’ll just be more for you and me, right?! :)
Yield: 15-20 servings
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Cheerios cereal
3 cups peanuts
3 cups pretzel pieces
3 cups red & green M&Ms
20 ounces white chocolate
3½ tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper; set aside.
In a very large bowl, mix together the Rice Chex, Cheerios, peanuts, pretzels and M&Ms.
In a medium bowl, melt the white chocolate and shortening in the microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until completely melted.
Pour the melted chocolate over the dry ingredients and quickly toss together until everything is pretty evenly coated in the white chocolate. Spread the mixture out on the prepared pan and refrigerate until it's set, about 20 minutes. Break up any chunks and store in tins or airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
Source: Brown-Eyed Baker