Chocolate Covered Trail Mix Clusters
Everyone knows the best part of trail mix is the chocolate. Let’s just make the chocolate the star and coat the trail mix in chocolate.
I found that just trail mix and chocolate can be a little dense so I added some crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies) to lighten it up and add some extra crunch.
This is a perfect salty and sweet snack!
What kind of chocolate?
I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use milk chocolate or bittersweet chocolate if you prefer. In one of my tests I did half semisweet chocolate chips and half butterscotch chips. My kids loved this combination, but I found it a little too sweet.
What kind of trail mix?
I used a standard trail mix from the store that had nuts, raisins, and candy coated chocolate. I have also used a tropical mixed fruit and nut trail mix.
Any combination of nuts or seeds, dried fruit, and chocolate works really well.
Why do you add rice cereal?
I like the crispy rice cereal because it adds texture, crunch, and lightens up the clusters.
- 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (See Note for Substitutions.)
- 2 Cups Trail Mix
- 1 Cup Crispy Rice Cereal (Rice Krispies)
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips on high for 2 minutes. Stir well. If all the chips are not melted you can microwave in 20 second intervals stirring well after each 20 seconds until the chocolate is all melted.
- Add the trail mix an crispy rice cereal to the melted chocolate chips.
- Stir well to coat all the trail mix and cereal.
- Using a spoon or #40 cookie scoop, scoop the mixture into 2 Tablespoon mounds on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet. (See Note)
- Let mixture set at room temperature to solidify for one hour.
- Store Chocolate Covered Trail Mix Clusters in a zip bag or air-tight container for up to two weeks.
About the Chocolate: I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can use milk chocolate or bittersweet. In one testing I did half semi-sweet chips and half butterscotch chips. My kids loved them, but I found them to be too sweet for my tastes.
Notes on shaping the clusters: I like the clusters to be about 2 Tablespoons. If you use a #40 cookie scoop, you will want to overfill the scoop a little to get the full 2 Tablespoons.
They do not have to be perfect in size or shape.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 22 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
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Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.