Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Treats

One of my favorite things about Christmas is all of the little treats that everyone makes.  At my house, we have made Christmas Trash for as long as I can remember.  It's super easy, but always a favorite around our house.  

A couple of weeks ago when I was back in Dallas, I made Christmas Trash to take back to Houston.... mom's kitchen is WAY bigger, and we've learned over the years that it's easier to make with two people. :)  We made my batch and mom's batch and only had to dirty the kitchen one time. Score!

Christmas Trash (Makes enough to fill about 4 gallon-sized baggies)
1 box Rice Chex Cereal
1 box Corn Chex Cereal
1 box Wheat Chex Cereal (I never really like the wheat, so I swapped this for Honey Nut Chex in my batch!)
1 bag of pretzel sticks
3 bars of  Vanilla Almond Bark (white chocolate)
2 cups of powdered sugar 
1 large bag of M&Ms (optional)
1 stick of butter or margarine (for hands)
Nonstick spray
Wax Paper
Super excited about the new addition - Honey Nut Chex!!

Break Almond Bark into squares.  Heat in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds.  Remove from microwave and stir.  Continue heating and stirring until chocolate is completely melted.

Meanwhile.... spray nonstick spray into the largest bowl you have. (Mom and I always use a roasting pan) Pour cereals and pretzels into the bowl.  DO NOT add M&Ms yet or else they will melt when you pour the chocolate in...yucky.  Trust me - I know from experience!!

...And roll out two long sheets of wax paper.  If you put a little water on the counter under the wax paper, it will stick to the counter...most of the time. :)

When chocolate is fully melted, pour chocolate into cereal and pretzel mixture. (Sorry about the blurry pictures!)

Using two spoons, mix thoroughly making sure that you get all the way to the bottom.  Think "tongs" and kind of lift the cereal gently to mix.


Add M&Ms to the cereal and chocolate.  We then like to put butter on our hands and dig down in the pan to REALLY make sure its all mixed.  Not necessary, but totally fun.

Pour out mixture onto the wax paper and spread it out.

Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top and mix using your hands.  If you need or want more than two cups...go ahead and add it!

We like to store our trash in gallon-sized bags.  You can also put them in smaller containers and share with your friends!!

And look at my sweet puppy hoping that we drop something on the floor for her!! Check out that tongue! Ha! :)

Hope you have fun making some trash!  It's a mess...but totally worth it!!  Merry Christmas!

Love, Sara :)

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