Halloween Munch Mix

Last weekend friends invited us to a Halloween scary movie night. I'm really not a scary movie fan -- I'm too easily creeped out. But, I love an excuse to snack on Halloween candy, and isn't a movie night the best excuse?

I wouldn't call this a healthy snack and it definitely isn't gourmet, but the nutty wheat cereal and salty pretzels balance out the sweetness of the candy corn and, let me tell you, it's GOOD. It's the kind of good that will have you going back for handful after handful and telling yourself - it's just cereal!  Yup  - it's just cereal. Cereal glazed with melted white chocolate...
Don't think, just make it. Halloween is only once a year, right??

I made this big batch for a crowd, but this recipe is so flexible you could easily make a smaller batch or add your favorite Halloween candy to the mix.

Here's what you'll need:

4 cups Wheat Chex
4 cups Rice Chex
4 cups mini pretzels
16 oz +1 cup white chocolate morsels
1 cup candy corn
1/2 cup m&m's ( I used the autumn color mix)
1/2 cup Reese's pieces

* optional 1 TBS vegetable oil or shortening

1. First, measure out the cereal and pretzels and put them in a large bowl.

2. Melt the white chocolate morsels. Set up a double boiler -- about an inch of water in a saucepan and a heat safe bowl (like Pyrex). 
Melting white chocolate can be tricky. The ingredients have different melting points -- if it gets too hot it can seize up, not hot enough and it's lumpy. 
Here are my tips:
* Once the water boils, reduce the heat to low.
* When you see that about half of the white chocolate morsels have melted remove the bowl from the double boiler (using an oven mitt) and place the bowl on a kitchen towel on the counter. Now stir to  melt the remaining morsels. 
* If your chocolate gets too hot and seizes up you can add a little vegetable oil or vegetable shortening (like Crisco) to loosen it up. Add 1 tbs of oil at a time and stir to melt. 
I added 1 Tbs of shortening and it made the white chocolate smooth and easy to spread.

3. Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal and pretzels and stir to distribute the chocolate evenly. I used 16 oz + 1 extra cup - but you could make this with just 16 oz.

4. Here's how it will look when it's all mixed up. Go ahead, you can steal a pretzel now.

5. Pour in the candy corn, m&ms and Reese's pieces and toss to combine.

6. Now lay out a few pieces of waxed paper and dump your chocolate covered mix onto it. Spread the mix into a thin layer and leave it to cool 30 - 40 minutes. The mix will harden, and once it's hard you can break it into pieces and place it in an airtight container to store. If you're keeping it, just store it in the fridge. 

7. Now grab a handful and munch - sweet, salty, crunchy - perfect!

MAO says...

As the host of the scary movie night, I can attest that this was the hit of the party. And I've been snacking on the leftovers for days...

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