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4th of July Snack Mix

Celebrate America with this tasty and festive 4th of July Snack Mix complete with white chocolate-coated cereal, pretzels, and candy! This easy snack mix will be the first thing to go at your summer parties!
Course Dessert, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword 4th of July Snack Mix
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 452kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $8.12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (55g) corn or rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup (37g) miniature pretzel twists or pretzel rods (if using rods, break in half)
  • 2 cups (70g) Cap'n Crunch cereal (without berries)
  • 2 cups (80g) Honey-Nut Cheerios
  • 1 cup (207g) Red, White, & Blue M&M's (or regular M&M's) Note 1
  • 1 and 1/2 bags (16 ounces, 465g) white chocolate chips (2-3/4 cups)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil (or shortening)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons festive sprinkles, additional M&M's Note 2

Instructions

  • PREP: Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • COMBINE: In a very large bowl combine the Chex, pretzels, Cap'n Crunch, Cheerios, and M&M's.
  • MELT WHITE CHOCOLATE: In a medium-sized bowl, add the white chocolate chips and vegetable oil. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another 25 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth. If needed, return to the microwave for a little longer in bursts of 10 seconds, stirring for 10 seconds in between each burst).
  • MIX SNACK MIX: Pour the melted white chocolate over the snack mix, using a spatula to scrape all the melted chocolate into the mix. Working quickly, gently stir until cereal mix is well coated in the white chocolate and then transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread into one even layer. 
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: Immediately, press a few additional M&M's on top of the mix for more color (optional) and add sprinkles (optional). Add these optional toppings quickly before the white chocolate hardens, or they won't adhere.
  • LET HARDEN: Allow to harden at room temperature or place in the fridge until firm, about 10-20 minutes. Break into pieces and serve.
  • STORAGE: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. We like this snack mix best within 3-4 days. You can freeze any leftovers in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 months; thaw at room temperature.

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Notes

Note 1: During the summer, many stores sell Red, White, & Blue M&M's in the holiday or seasonal area of the store. You can also find this blend online. In a pinch, grab regular M&M's and just pull out the blues and reds. Visually, the white chocolate coating will add in that missing white color.
Note 2: Adding sprinkles is totally optional, but adds extra visual appeal and it's fun! I love using star sprinkles or red, white, and blue jimmies.
Nutritional information is for approximately 1/2 cup servings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 62.1g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 12.7mg | Sodium: 210.1mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45.5g