A healthy twist on a classic holiday candy treat! White Trash Candy gets a healthy makeover in my version of Not-So-Trashy Candy. Dark chocolate, pretzels, unsweetened dried fruits, and whole grain cereals make the perfect mix of sweet n’ salty flavor while being better for you than the original! This is a holiday snack you can feel good about making AND eating.
With the holiday season coming up soon, we all can anticipate being invited to numerous parties, family gatherings, and get-togethers (smaller than usual this year of course!). If you are anything like me then you like bringing a little something to thank the host for the invite. Preferably something homemade….bonus points if it’s edible. Well in deciding what to make for the holiday season this year, I came up with a wonderfully easy gift you can make your friends and family as a token of appreciation for their hospitality! It’s affordable, festive, and serves as a fun project for your recipient to take part in. Plus it involves mason jars…and we all know those are all the rage right now.
You all have probably heard of White Trash Candy before.
If not, it is basically an amazingly delicious sweet n’ salty trail mix covered in white chocolate. Obviously not the healthiest of options, but it is the holidays after all and small indulgences are a total necessity. However, in keeping with my love of health and nutrition I decided to jazz up the standard recipe and give it a little bit of a of makeover.
May I present, Not-So-Trashy Candy! Instead of the white chocolate I’ve used dark chocolate (higher in antioxidants and polyphenols from the cocoa), swapped regular pretzels for whole grain gluten-free ones (more whole grain fiber), replaced m&ms with dried fruit (less sugar and artificial coloring), and chose unsalted peanuts as opposed to salted ones!
The result is an equally delicious mix of sweet and salty flavor and an added incentive to indulge because of the increase in nutritional benefits. All it takes is layering the first 5 ingredients in a mason jar and attaching the following recipe to make a creative gift that keeps on giving.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. In a separate microwave safe bowl, pour chocolate chips and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Return to microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Stir again and continue to microwave until full melted. Pour melted chocolate over the other ingredients and stir to combine evenly.
On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spread mixture in an even layer and freeze for at least 1 hour. Remove from freezer, break apart into desired pieces and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Voila! As easy as that! No baking or ‘cooking’ required! Just mixing, melting, and freezing. This recipe also happens to be vegan and gluten-free, if you use the specific ingredients I have linked above! 🙂
As I was creating this recipe I started brainstorming some other fun mix-ins that you could add…
+ hemp seeds
+ goji berries
+ cacao nibs
The possibilities are endless! And let’s face it, when you cover something in dark chocolate, it’s BOUND to be delicious!
Let me know if you try this DIY gift out! Or if you make the recipe for yourself! 🙂
Do you prefer receiving homemade or store-bought gifts?
Do you often bring a gift to the hostess when you’re invited to a party?
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