Alton Brown's White Trash

"Alton once posted this on his website and said that he always cranks out a bushel or two of it during the holidays. He also said "Dole this stuff out carefully. It is highly habit forming." I totally agree and for this reason have no earthly idea how many servings it makes! Depends on how much you can eat! LOL Especially good to anyone who likes the salty-sweet combination. Cooking time is cooling time."
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Ready In:


  • 3 12 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 16 ounces M&M's plain chocolate candy
  • 2 12 cups salted mixed nuts
  • 2 cups small pretzels
  • 2 (11 ounce) packages white chocolate chips (Ghirardelli brand preferred)


  • Dump the cereals, M&Ms, nuts & pretzels in a large bowl.
  • Melt the white chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. Melt very slowly, stirring occasionally, being careful not to burn the chocolate.
  • Dump melted chocolate over the rest of the ingredients and fold over and over until you have well-coated hunks and chunks.
  • Spread the whole mess out on parchment paper and set in a cool place until it sets up, then break it into pieces.
  • Store in zip-top bags or air-tight containers.

Questions & Replies

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  1. pmhendricks58
    Can I make this the day before. And keep in fridge.


  1. tcespy5010
    To make it more "adult" omit the peanuts and M&M's and instead add dried cranberries and cashews. The cranberries add a tartness that's really good with the sweet and salty.
  2. Sharon P.
    This was really more addicting that I thought it would be. Double yum! A great idea for little snack bags to be added to gifts. The recipe says it makes "a lot." It makes 22 snack bags full. This might be helpful to someone using it as a gift.
  3. KathyinManvel
    This is very tasty. I added craisins to mine and I really liked that addition. Because the recipe makes a lot I, it is helpful to use a large punch bowl to mix it up. I am planning to make this with craisins and red M&M's around Christmas for gifts.
  4. shelleytracey
    I Use 2 bags Of White Candy Melts And 3 T Of Oil And Microwave At 50% And Stir Until Melted.
  5. Betsy B.
    Love This! Make this every Christmas now, easier than baking cookies and my family looks forward to it. I use 3 bags of the Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips and it comes out so much better. I also add the Holiday M&M's last so they don't melt. Going to try cranberries and cashews in a batch or two. Will let you know how it comes out!


  1. lovebrownies
    one word....F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.!!!! i did cut back on the amount of cereals, so as to let it be more white chocolatey! Also, I used Crispex cereal instead of the Chex ones.....I think with this recipe you could really play around with it and try different kinds of cereals and also other candies like Reese's peices instead of the M&M's. I'm sure I'm going to make this again and again!
  2. pattyla16
    I add craisins and use both regular and peanut M&Ms
  3. Kat B.
    Free Christmas recipe ebook
  4. LilPinkieJ
    Oh very good. I loved using up all my old cereal for this tasty treat. I made this with my kids, and they loved it. We did omit the nuts and bumped up the amount of pretzels instead. I have to say that white chocolate can be a real pain to melt with, but it was really worth it. I think I will do it in the microwave next time, or try it with milk chocolate. Made and Reviewed for Zaar Cookbooks Tag - Thanks! :)
  5. CharTrev
    A friend made us some of this for disappeared fast! Made it with lightly salted peanuts instead of mixed nuts & tasted great. Love the salty/sweet mix!


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