I am going to make these sweet and salty jumbles for four of my grandchildren this week. I love saying that because they live in Georgia and I am in Wisconsin and we don’t get to be together very often. I am a happy gramma because I will be with them for a week. We have not been together since Christmas so I am really excited to see them and spend time with them as well as with my daughter Maria and son-in-law Cedric. Anytime I leave on a trip there is a lot to do ahead of time for our business, so this week my post is simple and pretty much a nonrecipe, just simple directions. The best part of this recipe is you are the actual creator of the jumbles! Did you ever notice that sometimes you have bags of snacks that have just a bit left in them sitting in your cupboard? I don’t know why they go uneaten but many times they do. This is a great “recipe” to use up those partial bags. I had some corn chips left from making walking tacos as well as some pretzels in a bag that never got finished so I used those for this post. In the past I have used broken snack crackers, popcorn, and thicker potato chips in different combinations. Thin potato chips wouldn’t hold up too well. I also think a cheerio or chex type cereal could be used too if you don’t want it salty. If I did make it plain and not salty I would add raisins or dried berries for chewy texture and sweetness.
Many times when I bake brownies I sprinkle the top of the batter with half of a bag of chocolate chips and put the leftovers in the refrigerator. The other day I realized I had a half bag of mini chips, white chocolate chips and regular semisweet chocolate chips in the refrigerator all at the same time. So I used the regular sized ones for these jumbles. Currently I have gluten free pretzels left from the pretzel torte I made for the fourth of July so I think I will make a batch of these jumbles with the half bag of white chocolate chips and add some dried cranberries and put some almonds on top (I have some leftover almond slices). I am posting this as a recipe so it can be accessed, as all of my recipes can, in the recipe index above. Hope you have fun creating! I’m looking forward to hearing your favorite combinations in the comment section!
- 2 cups salty snacks (corn chips, pretzels, thick potato chips or a combination)
- 1 cup chocolate chips, melted
- ⅓ cup nuts (optional)
- Cover a dinner plate with foil
- Break up snacks into smaller pieces if necessary (stick pretzels in half for example)
- Arrange snacks on the plate so they are touching in a single layer or no more than two high
- Melt chocolate in microwave (I use a melt function to prevent burinig) or a double boiler
- Pour melted chocolate over the snacks using it as the "glue" to hold them together
- If desired top with nuts while the chocolate is still melted
- Place in refrigerator to harden about 30-45 30 minutes
- Break apart into single serving sized clusters