This year, in addition to our regular Christmas cookie and pie baking, I decided to throw in some reindeer bait. My family used to do little goodies like this when I was in school because it's easy and inexpensive to make a lot of. Adapting this is also really simple because you can put in whatever yummy snacks you like. However you decide to toss it together, it's right on theme. I always appreciate themed snacks, feels more intentional and is just a nice touch to hosting and gifting seasonal foods.
As a heads up, when you make this be sure to give yourself plenty of time to refrigerate before delivering them to others. I bagged these in Ziplock bags, which you can kick up a notch by cutting off the ziplock strip and tying with a beautiful ribbon or curly string. If you aren't able to deliver them right away just bag them as you desire and place them back in the fridge so the chocolate stays chilled and the snack sticks together.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Yields: 8-10 servings
3 cups corn Chex
2 cups mini pretzels
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup M&Ms (red and green are preferable, but I already had a mixed bag on hand)
11 oz white baking chocolate (go with 2 bags if you like a lot of chocolate)
Red and green sprinkles for topping
In a large glass bowl combine all of your ingredients.
Start with pouring in 3 cups corn Chex.
Next up, 2 cups mini pretzels!
Adding to the Chex and pretzels, toss in 2 cups mini marshmallows.
If you can get red and green M&Ms more power to you! I had peanut butter M&Ms which I took from my little refrigerator stash of snacks and went with that. Do what you like, it's Christmas!
Moment of truth, once I got to this stage I was a little nervous because the last time I attempted to melt chocolate I did so poorly that it somehow became powder.
This didn't just happen to me once, but TWO times! Yes, I should have just done it on the stove top, which probably would have been easier, but I went with trying to melt it in the microwave because I was being a lazy bones.
I am happy to say that I survived the chocolate melting processes of Christmas 2021 and I have regained a small sense of confidence.
For those of you with chocolate melting trauma like me, this is what it will look like after about 1 1/2 minutes.
Oh... I'm the only one... 😂
Continue warming and stirring in 15-30 second intervals until it's really smooth like this.
Pour the entire bowl over the mixture.
Note: if you like a lot of chocolate I would recommend doing two bags. I like it to be more moderate so I only used one.
Mix using a spatula until everything is fully coated with the melted chocolate.
Pour out over a lined baking sheet, it's okay if some of it is clumped together, it's supposed to be like that.
Top with red and green sprinkles to your heart's content.
Lastly, you are going to let this refrigerate for at least an hour or until it's firm.