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Trash Talkin’ (Recipe: White Trash)

November 25, 2012
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You just don’t know what you can and can’t say anymore.  The mere act of opening your mouth and having words come out is subject to offend somebody somewhere at sometime.  I’m not talking about stupid and hateful talk.  I’m talking about just regular old everyday talk that you say with the best of intentions. Who knows what the rules are any longer?  It really doesn’t matter if you know the rules because it seems they change daily.

Remember when single ladies were addressed as Miss? Now we say Ms.

I’m not going any further with examples.  You all can come up with plenty of your own. I have no intentions of ill will and don’t want to spur a political firestorm of a debate. The reason I even brought up the subject to begin with is because I thought seriously that I should change the name of this recipe that has been around for ever and a day.  It’s one of those that has survived through the years. and no one is even sure when it got started and who should receive credit.  It’s been made in millions of kitchens by millions of parents and children and given to millions of teachers, postal workers, next door neighbors, pastors, pharmacists and grocery store baggers as Christmas gifts. But, the name made me stop and think.

Fortunately, good sense won out over political correctness.  This recipe is called White Trash because it’s thrown all together in a big ol’ bowl and covered with white chocolate.  In no way is a reference to unmotivated Southerners inferred or implied.  No way at all.

So, let’s get beyond tossing  back and forth about how  the name possibly, maybe, might be offensive to a certain group of people.

This is snack.  It’s not a political campaign.

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White Trash

yield: a whole bunch. You can fill approximately 10 (9 inch by 4 inch) cellophane goody bags.

Mix and match the ingredients to suit your taste and your whim.  I prefer unsweetened cereal to sweetened (e.g. Honey Nut Cheerios, Golden Graham) because the saltiness of the mixed nuts and pretzels lends just the right balance to the sweetness of white chocolate and M & Ms yielding the prefect salty/sweet combo that’s palate pleasing. The amount of  coating is light enough that each piece of the mix can be identified but is sufficient enough to coat each piece with sweetness.  

5 cups regular Cheerios

5 cups Corn Chex

15 ounces premium mixed salted nuts

19 ounces M & Ms (thank you Mars Candy Company for making bags of green and red M & Ms at Christmas!)

2 cups stick pretzels, broken slightly

18 ounces Baker’s Premium White Chocolate baking squares

Throw first 5 ingredients in a big ol’ bowl.  You’ll need the bowl that used to mix up your Thanksgiving dressing.

Place white chocolate squares in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave until melted, stirring after every minute.  It will take about 5 minutes total.

Pour white chocolate over trash and  mix until well coated.

Turn out onto parchment paper and let dry, approximately 30 minutes.

Break into pieces and store or wrap up in cute little packages for gifts.



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  1. barbara starling permalink
    November 25, 2012 2:46 pm

    Thanks Shug!!!!! But, the recipe you had last Christmas had Bugles in it.
    It’s not big deal as I can replace the Cheerios and Corn Checks with the Bugles.
    Their salty to the M&M sweet just go together like syrup and biscuits. 😀 Thanks again <3

    • November 25, 2012 6:55 pm


      I’ve never put Bugles in my put I think that’s a terrific idea. I’m doing that next time!

  2. November 25, 2012 5:44 pm

    Great piece ! Timely as we are having guests over this holiday season, we were looking for something to send them home with and this beats a loaf of home made bread and is very practical ! We will probably personalize each bag…Thank you Jackie….

    • November 25, 2012 6:54 pm


      This would be PERFECT for guest favors! You could easily personalize each package. Send me a picture. I’d love to see it! One of my Syrup and Biscuits friends said she substitutes Bugles for some of the cereal. That’s a great idea, too!

  3. November 25, 2012 6:55 pm

    I’ve never made White Trash before but I think I’d love it I don’t think we have Chex cereal here but maybe I can get it from the USA import store for 5 times what it costs in the states. 🙂 Clever goody bags.

    • November 25, 2012 11:57 pm

      If you can’t find Chex cereal that costs less than one arm and a leg, substitute sturdy salty snacks like Fritos and/or Bugles if they’re available. Another option using a whole bunch of pretzels.

  4. Mary permalink
    November 26, 2012 11:39 am

    Love the goodie bags for this fantastic treat! And you are so right – this political correctness is getting way out of hand!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

    • November 26, 2012 12:34 pm

      Thanks, Mary!

      It’s bad when you can’t figure out what’s right from what’s wrong. Puts us all in a bad position.

      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

  5. November 26, 2012 6:44 pm

    This looks SO yummy! I haven’t done it in a few years but I always use to make white chocolate clusters, or what some people call haystacks, which are salted peanuts and pretzel pieces coated in white chocolate (almond bark works great too.) This makes me think of that.

    • November 26, 2012 11:16 pm

      I make haystacks, too. For my version, it’s Chinese noodles and pretzels coated with melted butterscotch. Your version sounds delightful!

  6. November 28, 2012 3:38 pm

    Whatever it’s called, it sounds delicious! If I may, I’d like to invite you to submit your photos to the new YumGoggle, a photo sharing site with the philosophy that if you worked hard to cook it and photograph it, we should show it off! Hope to see you there soon!

  7. December 2, 2012 8:16 pm

    I cant get chex in Australia but your mix looks delicious. Maybe I could find another fun cereal to use. Great gifts and thanks for the idea 🙂

    • December 3, 2012 12:28 am


      You can substitute a variety of things including different salty snacks such as more pretzels or Bugles. 🙂

  8. December 13, 2013 3:51 pm

    Thinking about trying this with Cinnamon Chex. Crispix would also work well.

  9. Brenda C. permalink
    December 13, 2013 6:31 pm

    You are so right about the Political Correctness. And I am still going to wish everyone A MERRY CHRISTMAS……..Jesus is the Reason for The Season……….

    • December 13, 2013 10:19 pm


      I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, too. There was a time in my life when I bowed to the pressure to be politically correct at Christmas. That’s all behind me now.

      Merry Christmas! May God bless.

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