Wednesday, November 28, 2012

No-Bake Bake Sale Snack Mix

If you have school-aged children, than you are probably frequently called upon to contribute to bake sales and/or treats for various functions and events.  Even for those of us who love to bake, this can sometimes get overwhelming.  If you don't bake, then it can be downright terrifying.

But don't fret, there is no need to resort to buying the revolting 2-bite cupcakes in the plastic clamshell package from your local grocery store.  Other options abound.

I whipped this up for the girls' daycare fundraiser last night and it was a huge hit.  It was inspired by my experience being one of the bake table salespersons at their school's spring event this past year.  I noticed that regardless of the actual product, some of the most popular items were those that parents had pre-wrapped, allowing them to be more portable, less messy and enjoyed later.  After all, there is only so many cupcakes or cookies people can gobble down at once.  Well, maybe not, but let's not go there!

I purchased festive, re-sealable plastic bags from the dollar store and created this mix of goodies.  You can customize it any way you please.  It would even make a nice hostess gift for the holidays, and you could fill pretty tins or mason jars with it.  Simple. Inexpensive. Delicious.

For this mix I used President's Choice Multigrain Alphabet pretzels:
PC Blue Menu Multigrain Alphabet Pretzels

Their Sweet & Salty Popcorn:

PC Kettle Corn Sweet & Salty
Their Chocolate-Covered Raisins:

And festive green and red Smarties I found at Bulk Barn:

You could just leave it there, but

I decided to coat the pretzels in white chocolate just to up the ante for the kidlets...this was for a good cause after all!

No-Bake Bake Sale Snack Mix

1.5 lbs small pretzels (whole grain, if possible)
About 300g popcorn (homemade, store-bought, sweet, salty or plain)
3 cups candy-coated chocolate
2 lb chocolate-covered raisins, cranberries or other fruit
1 1/4 cups good quality white chocolate chips
2 tbls coconut oil

Other options: candied nuts, granola clusters, cut up dried fruit, cereal, animal crackers, etc.

Lay pretzels in a single layer on baking sheets, lined with wax paper.  Melt chocolate and coconut oil over simmering water and stir until smooth.  Drizzle over pretzels and place pretzels in freezer until chocolate hardens.  Toss pretzels with other treats and divide into baggies.  I got 24 medium snack bags out of it.

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