Peppermint & Chocolate Chex Mix & a Party!

December 24, 2012

Chex Party 8

It’s a Christmas miracle – I won a Chex Party Mix-Change!

While Bug and I attended the Black Friday Chex Mix event at the Mall of America, I entered to win a Chex Party Mix-Change and then immediately forgot about it. So, when I received the congratulatory email a couple weeks later, I was more surprised than anyone because I don’t win things. Like ever.

Chex Party 1

Despite my surprise, I got to work getting my Chex Party planned. What is a Chex Party Mix-Change you ask? It’s a cookie swap with a twist. Instead of exchanging cookies, Chex mixes are swapped (there are 70 recipes that can be made in 15 minutes or less). Guests will go home with a variety of Chex mixes to share with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.

For my party, I invited over a dozen or so fun and festive friends. We decided on a list of Chex mix recipes we would make and I grabbed the ingredients with my winnings. I also picked up some pretty gift boxes for my guests to take their loot home in. We packed into my smallish kitchen and dining area and mixed to our hearts delight. We made: Loaded Baked Potato, Chili-Lime, Barbeque, Muddy Buddies, Holiday Caramel, Sugar Cookie (which I posted in November), Caramel Crispy, Buffalo, Snickerdoodle, Cranberry Orange, Original and, the most popular one that I am sharing below, Peppermint and Chocolate.

Chex Party 2

My friends jumped right in and mixed up a tasty storm. I only mixed up one of them myself because I was too busy talking (and hopefully assisting). Turns out, it didn’t matter. Batch after batch were laid out until the rest were finished. To help keep things straight, I printed little sticker labels which were laid by each finished mix so we knew which was which.

Chex Party 3

When all were prepared, everyone got a little of each. While I was able to snag the gift boxes at a heavy discount, they weren’t quite right. So, in the too-large boxes, I stuck six extra-large cupcake liners. When they were filled with the mixes, six fit perfectly.

Chex Party 4

I always have trouble taking pictures when I’m having fun but fun we had. I so enjoyed being with my friends during this season and I think they enjoyed it too. It was decided we would do it again next year which each person heading up a Chex recipe they choose. I can’t wait!

The favorite of the mixes was Peppermint & Chocolate. It was the only one that was completely gone after the mixes were distributed. That was evidence enough for me to make a few more batches to use as gifts and as food for holiday gatherings.

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Melted white chocolate and crushed peppermint is poured over Rice and Chocolate Chex and then laid out to harden. Did you know that the cereal bag can be pulled apart and laid flat and used to lay the cereal on? My friend Susan showed this trick to us at the party. So great!!

Chex Party 6

Then, melted dark chocolate is drizzled over the coated Chex and then topped with the remainder of the crushed peppermint.

Chex Party 11

When it has hardened, gently break it into small clusters and try not eat it all yourself. If you do, no big deal. You can easily make another batch (or batches). :)

Chex Party 9

Peppermint & Chocolate Chex Mix

Ingredients

  • • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • • 3 cups Chocolate Chex
  • • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy (16 miniature candy canes, unwrapped)
  • • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chops

Instructions

  1. Line a cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper. (Or use an empty Chex cereal bag pulled apart and laid flat.)
  2. Pour both cereals into a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, microwave the white chocolate chips on high for about 1:30, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
  4. Stir in half of the crushed peppermint candy to the melted white chocolate.
  5. Pour over the cereal and gently mix to evenly coat the cereal.
  6. Spread the mix in a single layer on the cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle with the remaining candy.
  7. Melt the dark chocolate for 50-60 seconds in the microwave until the chips can be stirred smooth. Drizzle over the top of the coated cereal.
  8. Let stand in the refrigerator until set, about 5 minutes.
  9. Gently break into clusters
  10. Store in airtight container.
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So so good.

Take care.

PS. Tomorrow is the last day of the Homemade for the Holidays series!

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Amy Christie

Amy is a wife, mother of two and a maker. Making is her thing whether it is food, DIYs or photos of her children. Follow Amy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Twitter, and through her once-a-month newsletter to keep up with the latest from this heart of mine.

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