by Keith Davis
Just about everyone have holiday traditions, things they do and things they look forward to eat. One of my foods that I have made for the past 15 years or so is our holiday Christmas mix. It is a recipe that my sister gave me years ago, and as most chefs do, modified and made it my own. It has become so much a part of our holiday that I need to save a complete afternoon block of time to make it, since I make a lot of it. This year, 6 batches. Yes, 6 batches…. That’s a lot of mix. But will it be enough? Every year, I give out my mix to family, friends, & work mates. And many have been hounding me for weeks now, wanting to know when it will be coming. Christmas Mix is the politically correct name. What we REALLY call it is “crack candi”, referring to the idea that once you start eating it, you can’t stop and will be hooked. I know, I know, not politically correct. That’s why it’s titled Christmas mix! But readers know the real truth!
ALL THE INGREDIENTS THAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS HOLIDAY FAVORITE.
1/2 Box Corn Chex (12 oz. box)
1/2 Box Rice Chex (12 oz. box)
1 1/2 cups Roasted salted Peanuts
1 1/2 cups Roasted salted whole Cashews
3 cups Pretzel twists
1 1/2 cups M&M Peanuts
3 bags Vanilla Flavored Chocolate (can use 2 bags if you prefer less chocolate)
Ø Mix all dry ingredients together in a large stainless bowl.
Ø Melt chocolate in a double boiler
Ø In 4 parts, pour chocolate over dry ingredients and mix to coat ingredients, being careful not to smash /break mix
Ø Reserve last quarter to drizzle over final mix on a tray.
Ø Pour mix onto a tray lined with parchment paper.
Ø Drizzle with chocolate.
Ø Let rest for at least 2 hours before packaging.
HERE I AM ADDING THE SECOND QUARTER OF CHOCOLATE TO MY BOWL AND SLOWLY MIXING TO COAT THE MIX
THIS IS WHAT THE COATED MIX SHOULD LOOK LIKE BEFOR POURING IT ONTO A TRAY.
THE MIX HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO A LINED TRAY AND THE FINAL CHOCOLATE IS DRIZZELED OVER THE MIX.
MY CHRISTMAS MIX READY TO BE DELIVERED.