Yeah, you read that right: “White Trash”. It is an unfortunate name for a superbly delicious treat. I guess it got the name from the white chocolate coating and because it is made up of a jumble of things that could look like “trash”? Who knows.
It is my Christmas dessert staple – I make it for coworkers, secret Santa parties, family gatherings, and for myself. Everyone loves it. Now that I think about it, nothing about it (ingredients, colors, name) is very Christmas-y but I guess it’s one of those traditions that just happened. It is so easy to make (takes less than 10 minutes) and all of the ingredients are shelf-stable (you know that’s a requirement for me!) and easily found in most grocery stores.
This year I made some for coworkers and wrapped it up in ziploc bags stapled together with scraps of wrapping paper. Not the most elegant presentation, but it is festive and shows a modicum of effort greater than just throwing a tin into the communal kitchen and emailing out to the office, “share!”
2.25 cups rice chex
2 cups thin salted pretzels, broken
1 cup pecans, crumbled, toasted
1.5 cups white chocolate chips (or an entire 12oz. bag)
0.5 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips
1. Toast the pecans lightly on a cookie tray in an oven on low heat, being very careful not to burn them.
2. Mix the chex, pretzels, and toasted pecans into a large bowl.
3. Melt the white chocolate chips (using a double boiler or by carefully microwaving in 15-second increments).
4. Quickly stir the melted white chocolate into the chex, pretzels, and pecans. Mix quickly.
5. Once everything is evenly coated, pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet that has been covered with wax paper. Spread it flat as best you can, while making sure that it forms a continuous sheet.
6. Then, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and drizzle the melted chocolate over the mixture on the cookie sheet.
7. Let cool for an hour or so in the fridge, and then break into pieces and serve.