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We are officially settled in the back to school routine around my house, and with both kids in middle school, it’s a little different. They’re both doing cross country, which I discovered is a 5 day a week practice sport. By the time the wee ones get home – later than when they were in elementary school thanks to practice – they are hungry. I take that back. They are Hungry with a capital H.
I’ve been putting together all sorts of snacks for them to eat when they get home before dinner, and I realized that this is interrupting my work day (is that a bad mom confession?) with the prep work, so I got creative. The Goldfish® crackers I purchased a couple weeks ago and used to make this Chicago style popcorn mix disappeared.
Wait, you didn’t see that recipe? Go read it; I’ll wait. Done? Ok, now we can continue. It looks fabulous, right? Needless to say, the wee ones loved it, so I decided to pick up some more along with the very full cart of groceries at Walmart to feed my family. How is it that they’re home less but eating more?
Because my kids tend to enjoy variety, this time around I picked up the Goldfish crackers variety pack. I debated between the Goldfish® Colors and Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar variety pack and the Colors, Cheddar, and Pretzel variety pack. Since the Colors/Cheddar/Pretzel pack came with 30 packages instead of 20, I chose that one. Remember those hungry children? My other option was the 30 ounce bulk Goldfish crackers on rollback for $5.98, but I went with variety this time. Plus, you can save $1.00 on any one Bolthouse Farms® 10 oz. Baby Carrots or Bolthouse Farms® 11 oz. juice when you buy any one Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers 30 oz. or larger.
My other impetus for choosing the variety pack? I saw the pretzel Goldfish crackers, and I had another brainstorm. I may not create a welcome home snack every day, but I can create a snack mix for them to enjoy. A little upfront work proves I love my kids, right? Plus, this recipe for white chocolate party mix makes a batch big enough to keep them happy for awhile.
Simply point them in the direction of the fruit and serve up a bowl of this. Lucky for my kids, we have kiwi, apples, clementines, prickly pear, bananas, and watermelon for them to devour with this or their Goldfish cracker packs.
I love how quickly this comes together. Mister Man helped me, and he loved its simplicity. Plenty of flavors and textures make for a perfect snack. Sweet and salt, crunchy and chewy. They all combine wonderfully in this white chocolate party mix.
I also set aside some of the Goldfish crackers in a separate cute wooden box that lives on my kitchen counter, so it’s easy peasy for them to grab what they want…without disturbing me. It’s a total win/win for me and my kids.
This is one of those super easy snacks that you can make in under a half hour and enjoy over the next week or so. While I serve it as an after school snack, this also works great at parties or to bring to other functions. Fortunately, I typically keep most ingredients on hand in my pantry, so I can whip it up anytime!
How to make white chocolate party mix
In a large bowl, add the rice cereal, oat cereal, pretzel Goldfish crackers, dried cranberries, and chocolate coated candies. Stir gently to mix them up.
In a heavy saucepan, heat white chocolate chips over low heat on the stove. Buy good white chocolate, not almond bark. It makes a difference. Stir regularly as the chocolate melts to ensure it doesn’t burn. Once it has melted completely, remove from the heat immediately. If it is a little thick and clumpy, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil and stir. Good quality chocolate is less likely to have this issue.
Add white chocolate to the cereal mix in dollops, stirring between each addition. This helps prevent big chunks of chocolate and helps ensure everything gets coated.
Spritz your counter with a little water, and lay out 4 to 6 sheets of wax or parchment paper. The water helps the paper stick and not slide as you spread out the white chocolate party mix. (That’s a super secret tip!) Spread the mix onto the wax paper in a fairly thin layer.
Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the white chocolate party mix with pretzel Goldfish crackers to harden. Test it periodically to see if it’s ready. Nope, not ready yet! Stop taste testing!
When it’s hardened, gently break it up.
Serve immediately or place into a tightly sealed storage tin for up to a week. Note that this is delicious enough that little hands don’t want to wait for all the photos before “testing” it for flavor.
Have you ever made a white chocolate party mix? What’s your favorite way to enjoy Goldfish crackers?
- 4 c rice cereal
- 3 c oat cereal
- 2 c pretzel Goldfish crackers
- 2 c M&Ms
- 1 1/2 c dried cranberries
- 16 oz white chocolate chips
- Add rice cereal, oat cereal, crackers, chocolate candies, and cranberries to a large bowl. Stir gently to mix up.
- Over low heat in a heavy saucepan, melt white chocolate while stirring frequently. Remove from the heat as soon as the chocolate melts.
- Add chocolate to the snack mix in dollops, stirring between each addition to ensure it is evenly dispersed.
- Place 4-6 sheets of wax paper on a work surface. Pour mix onto paper, and use a spatula to gently push into a thin layer.
- Let harden 10-15 minutes. Break into small chunks once hardened.
- Serve immediately or store on the counter in a tightly sealed container for up to a week.
Use high quality white chocolate, not almond bark. It makes a big difference in taste. If your chocolate is too thick when melted, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of oil and stir again. High quality chocolate tends to not have this issue.
To keep your wax paper from sliding as you spread out the mix, spritz your work surface lightly with water before laying down the wax paper. This helps hold them in place.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 299 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 99mg Carbohydrates: 47g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 30g Protein: 4g
Are you more of a visual learner? Check out this quick video tutorial on how to make my white chocolate party mix!