White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Buttery Waffles Snack Mix – This is my favorite snack mix I’ve ever tried. It contains the usual suspects; Chex cereal and popcorn, and also included toasted, buttery waffles, which add another texture and flavor dimension.
I love snack mixes and can scarf huge handfuls in record speed.
This is one of those recipes that I shouldn’t even make because scarfing was in full effect.
It’s a new favorite snack mix and I’ve sampled plenty. Puppy Chow, White Chocolate Peanut Butter Puppy Chow, White Trash Candy (I didn’t come up with the titles). I love them all.
This mix comes together in under 10 minutes, which is a blessing and a curse.
I used popcorn in it, which is something I eat almost daily. Usually with coconut oil sprayed lightly, and sprinkled with nutritional yeast and stevia. I love the combo of cheezy, salty, and sweet, and it’s healthy.
The popcorn in the snack mix is a little different. It’s coated with a melted white chocolate and peanut butter mixture, along with Chex cereal, sprinkles, and two broiled buttery waffles.
Start by generously buttering two frozen waffles or making your own waffles if you’d like. Trader Joe’s multi-grain from the freezer case work just dandy. Broil them for a couple minutes and don’t leave the oven. Charred waffles happen quickly and you’d have to start over. I despise starting over.
You could also toast them in a regular toaster and butter them. I thought broiling would make them crispier. In the end, not sure if broiling versus toasting really mattered in terms of crispiness, so do what’s easiest. Chop them up into little pieces and put them in a big mixing bowl.
Place 2 heaping tablespoons popcorn kernels in a brown paper sack and microwave for 90 seconds. This yields about 4 cups popped popcorn.
This is how I always pop popcorn. Works like a charm, every time. No added oil, grease, salt or chemicals. And no dishes dirtied. I re-use the paper bag at least 20 times. Truly the cheapest and healthiest way to make microwave popcorn.
Chop 6 squares (6 ounces) of Vanilla Candiquik or your favorite white chocolate bar. Put a piece of parchment paper on your cutting board before you start chopping to contain all the chocolate dust, rendering cleanup much faster and easier.
Melt the chocolate, about 1 minute total, but stop, stir, and check every 15 seconds. White chocolate scorches and seizes quickly and easily, which is why I opted for Candiquik since it’s less prone to that.
Stir in a hearty dollop of peanut butter to the melted white chocolate.
Pour this over the buttery waffle pieces, popcorn, Chex, and stir.
Feel free to get creative and mix-and-match the add-ins. Try mini pretzels, caramel corn, chopped Graham Crackers, another cereal, chopped candy bar pieces, peanuts or your favorite nut. Clear out your odds and ends and bottoms of bags that plague your cupboard. Everything tastes amazing drenched in melted white chocolate-peanut butter.
Dust or douse with confectioners’ sugar and sprinkles. Your choice. I lean toward dousing. Stir and dig in.
In theory, this should keep for nearly a week in an airtight container or gallon-sized Ziplock, although it’s crispiest when it’s freshest. I don’t get it to last more than two days because it’s crazy good.
The waffles are like little buttery sponges. Soft, squishy, and full of butteriness. Contrasted with crispy, crunchy Chex and the texture-filled popcorn. It’s a texture party in your mouth.
The white chocolate flavor is the more pronounced than the peanut butter, which does more to bulk up the coating so it’s thicker. I love those little nuggets with sprinkles clung to them.
You’ve been warned that it’s super addictive. The good thing is that the batch size isn’t ridiculous, and fills just over half of a gallon-sized Ziplock. A manageable quantity, especially if you’re tempted to eat the whole batch, pronto.
Sweet, crunchy, crispy, buttery, fast, and easy. With white chocolate and peanut butter. Hard to resist.
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White Chocolate and Waffles Snack Mix
This is my favorite snack mix I've ever tried. It contains the usual suspects; Chex cereal and popcorn, and also included toasted, buttery waffles, which add another texture and flavor dimension. Everything is drenched in a melted white chocolate-peanut butter mixture before being tossed with confectioners' sugar and sprinkles. It's sweet, crunchy, crispy, buttery, rich, fast, and easy. It's ready to go in less than 10 minutes - almost too easy!
- 2 cups Chex or Crispix cereal (I used storebrand corn Chex)
- 2 frozen toaster waffles (or make your own waffles from scratch)
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided (I used unsalted)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons unpopped popcorn kernels
- 6 ounces Candiquik or white chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- about 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- about 1/2 cup sprinkles (jimmies)
- *see optional suggestions below
- Place Chex in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
- Turn broiler on and place two frozen waffles on a baking sheet and butter each waffle with 1 tablespoon butter. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden and toasted; don't turn your back on these for a second because they burn easily. Or, toast waffles in a regular toaster and butter them. Chop waffles into small pieces and place pieces into mixing bowl; set aside.
- Place the unpopped popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag, fold top down twice, and microwave on high power for about 90 seconds, or until popping sounds become less frequent. No need to add oil, butter, or anything else to the bag; just the popcorn kernels and microwave it. Place the popped popcorn in the mixing bowl; set aside.
- Place white chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat to melt, about 1 minute total, but stop to check and stir every 15 seconds. White chocolate is very prone to scorching and seizing, and heating should be done in short bursts. After chocolate can be stirred smooth, stir in the peanut butter. Stir until combined.
- Pour melted mixture over the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Toss and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle slowly with confectioners' sugar as needed to soak up some of the melted mixture, tossing and stirring to coat. Add the sprinkles and toss to distribute. Mix may be served immediately, or allow it to firm up a bit more, about 30 minutes or so. Mix will keep at room temperature in an airtight container or gallon-sized Ziplock bag for up to 1 week.
- *Optional suggestions - Mix-and-match the add-ins by trying mini pretzels, caramel corn, chopped Graham Crackers, Cheerios, chopped candy bar pieces, peanuts, or other nuts. I would start with 1/2 to 1 cup of anything optional, and if necessary, you may need to reduce the amount of popcorn or Chex as indicated in the recipe, so that everything included is properly coated with white chocolate; or simply melt a bit more chocolate.
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Sweet all the way for me. Salty-and-sweet is good, but I’ll always take cake batter or white chocolate over Parmesan ranch.
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Oh my goodness. White chocolate, peanut butter and popcorn? Yes please :-)
I’m with you and can wolf down snack mixes in record time, especially ones coated in white chocolate!! Sounds wonderful!
Just went and bought some white popcorn kernels & popped them in a brown paper bag as you suggested. Came out perfect!
Topped with some nutritional yeast and trivia too! ;-) So delicious & easy…. and healthy!
Oh my goodness, this looks dangerous ;) this is a brilliant mix!
So, I just made this with the addition of M&Ms and I doubled it, and OMG it is amazing! Everyone is loving it…I can’t see this lasting long!
It sounds awesome. For the blog/pics I didn’t want to ‘overwhelm’ the mixture with goodies like M&Ms and half my pantry stash of random stuff, but yeah, M&Ms would be great in it. Somehow Raisinettes also sound good. Really anything coated in white choc-PB can’t be bad. Glad it’s a hit, and even a double batch won’t last long! :)
I love the fact that you used buttered waffles in this snack mix! Seriously, just looking at the words – buttered. waffles – induces cravings. (I can’t wait to try your brown paper bag method of popping popcorn!)
The bag trick is soooo handy! Induced cravings..not so handy. lol
I just discovered the paper bag popcorn trick last year and I felt like I was the last one to know about it. Finally I can make microwave popcorn without all the nastiness! I don’t think this snack mix would last very long in our house…
I discovered it about 5 yrs ago…life changing little trivia, isn’t it!
Movie halls should be serving this deliciousness!
It’s a good thing this only makes a small batch…I would eat it all in one day!! Love the fun addition of waffles for another texture! Why is it that white chocolate peanut butter coating is so doggone good?
I know what you mean about white chocolate peanut butter coating – SO good!
I can’t pin this. It’s seriously dangerous! Looks heavenly!
Once again, I’m at a loss for words. I would have never thought to put waffles in snack mix, but it makes total sense. This looks amazing!
o em geeee, your microwave popcorn method is TRULY GENIUS!!! i love popcorn, and also eat them almost daily. i hate those pre-packaged microwave popcorns, but can’t stop eating them since i like them so much. i tried to make them in the heavy bottom pan, but couldn’t make them “oil-free” (and also burnt a whole lot more than actually eating them), but now, I AM TOTALLY MAKING MY OWN POPCORN!!!!
Glad the popcorn trick will work for you! Over and beyond the recipe, just that tidbit alone will likely make your life easier b/c ikwym about trying to cooking it in a heavy-bottom pan. Not easy!
You are at your genius again. Gosh white chocolate? Buttery (I think that is my favorite word by the way)? And waffles together in a snack mix? Gosh you truly are brilliant!
You’re far too sweet..thanks, Jocelyn!
How FUN are these?? LOVE that they have waffles in them!! So fun!! Totally pinning these! :)
Thanks for the pin and I just had a post go live at 12:01 that’s a fun one. You are a night owl like me…I get my best work done at this hour :)
Waffles in a snack mix???? You just blew my mind. So creative, my friend!
If I could eat corn, I would be in so much trouble! This looks like the perfect snack! So fun with the waffle in there! I was watching an episode from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and this guy from a little spot called Funk ‘n Waffles made a waffle using Thanksgiving stuffing, like poured the stuffing into the waffle maker, then covered it with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry and gravy!! It looked so good!! So, I guess you can use waffles for anything!
Really, I would make this if we could eat corn. We are TOTALLY missing out! :-D
I think you should make it with Rice Chex or Wheat Chex or whatever cereal you can eat. And maybe like some “Kix” cereal – remember those? Or Cheerios. Seriously you can’t go wrong. Any crunchy bits you can find, the waffles, & then drench it with the white choc/PB mixture!
Waffles. In snack mix. I think I’m actually, literally drooling right now! And we all know sprinkles just make everything better. Love this!!
They sure do make everything better :)
ahhh!! i know i say this all the time, but you are such a genius to add waffles! yum!!!
They were in the freezer calling to be used!
OMG. You put waffles in your popcorn snack mix? I knew we were meant to be BFFs.
Best. Snack mix. EVERRRRR.
thought you’d like this one!
LOL! I think every baker has their own “chow mix”. I never scrolled down as fast as tonight to view a fellow blogger’s recipe. I just HAD to know if yours was the same. Thank heavens it is not, so I can post it. Hahaha!! Yours does look incredibly tasty! And, I would have never thought of adding waffles. I think this snack mix of yours ROCKS and qualifies as breakfast because there are waffles in it. ;) xo
Everyone has their own blend and there’s really no wrong way to do puppy chow. And yes, overlaps happens. Glad you’ve got your own little blend going on!
I have never been So happy to have two frozen TJ’s waffles in the house…what a creative snack mix!
Lol and so true :)
Good idea! I think I might have to buy some waffles.
Hands down, the most creative little snack mix I’ve ever seen Averie! Honestly, your creativity never ceases to amaze me! I would never even think to make homemade chocolate fudge, or make a snickerdoodle granola bar. And now these – so wonderful. Loving all the variety of textures and flavors – this is surely a snack mix I would NOT be able to put down. I could literally eat melted white chocolate and peanut butter together for the rest of my life. On top of waffles. With crunchy chex. And popcorn. and SPRINKLES! PS: do you know how much popcorn I eat. It’s practically at the bottom of my food pyramid.
I thought you may like these: PB, white choc, sprinkles, popcorn. And then the texture-fest with the cereal and waffles. I am sure you know exactly how good this stuff is. I purposely kept the batch small. Puppy chow always makes a ton, but I tried to keep it in check, as much as possible. And I eat a ridic amt of popcorn too. Love it!!!
Oh my gosh! So many ideas, so little time! Thanks for the inspiration, I can’t wait to venture into the realm of puppy-chow-like munchies!
How fun, love the sprinkles!
MMmmm MMmmm MMmm… this mix looks stellar! I LOVE white chocolate so this mix sounds right up my alley. I made some funfetti puppy chow using white chocolate and it’s now become my favorite. I’m sure your recipe will be right up that alley!
The buttery captain crunch also sounds amazing! I’ll have to try it out :)
It’s like enhanced white choc puppy chow! You’ll love it!
Unbelievable! You’re a complete snack genius! I love you incorporated waffles in here. I have a weakness for those things, which is why I don’t buy them too often!
This is GREAT! It looks delicious and is so pretty. I fear though if I make it I will eat it all! Oh well… :)
At least it’s a small batch :)
Don’t be surprised when I make this next week! Since returning from NYC, I have had liege waffles from the Wafels and Dinges truck on my mind nearly 24/7, and trying to make a waffle-inspired treat. THIS is exactly what I wish I would have thought of sooner! But you’re a genius, so it’s no surprise you thought of it first :) I’m so making this!
Hayley this stuff is SO YOU!!! White choc, sprinkles, the snacky nature of it…I know you’re going to love this stuff! LMK if you try it!
What a fun snack, Averie! I just know it will go fast in our home :)
With hungry kids, YES, fast!
Soooo… because this has waffles in it that means I can have it for breakfast, right?? :)
For sure! :)
Never would have thought of adding waffles into a snack mix. So creative! I think I could handle the white chocolate if it was mixed with peanut butter ;)
This looks delicious – what a great combination!
I always add chocolate to my popcorn :) This version is interesting as well.
This is probably your most creative and insane (in a good way) recipe yet. Waffles?!? With popcorn and chex?! As I was reading it, I was thinking about the white chocolate chex mix you posted so long ago (didn’t even see the link until the end.) I wasn’t a white chocolate fan back then, but I am now, and I need to try that. I just finished my white chocolate chips yesterday though. Not in anything either. Just nibbles straight from the bag. :D
The only time I buy frozen waffles is when I’m in my dorm at school… fortunately this seems like a PERFECT dorm room snack!
And you can make it with a toaster and a microwave. Perfect for a dorm room!
Averie, I don’t know how you come up with this stuff! The white chocolate and waffle addition is just crazy enough to be awesome :)
I still want to try the nutritional yeast on popcorn. I’ve heard it’s really good…
It’s like a white-chocolate covered pretzel, but waffle. And so good!
And yes, nooch is amazing stuff. A bit of an acquired taste for some, but I love it!
I would have never thought to put waffles in snack mix! That is plain genius. In fact, it sounds like the new best way to eat waffles! All their crispy chewiness now able to be eaten by the handful. The possibilities are endless! I wonder how pumpkin waffles with added cinnamon would go with the peanut butter and white chocolate? Hmmmm, I’m hungry all over again!
pumpkin waffles with added cinnamon = sounds about right to me! :)
Yeah, that just got pinned. Wow.
Thanks for the pin and I love that your blog is about: Coffee!!
Thanks for making yet another super addictive treat! And the sprinkles, of course… gotta have the sprinkles. :)
Sweet followed by sweet and salty are my favorite snack mixes–and puppy chow or any variation of it is at the top of my list! This will rank right up there–I love all the texture with cereal, popcorn and toasted waffles (wow–great idea for those )! A bowl of that and a good movie sounds like a fun evening (or afternoon) to me!
Movie (or my DVR) and a bowl of this, yes, would be just perfect!
This looks amazing! I love making little homemade snacks like this!
Wow! This is crazy! Not sure weather is breakfast or dessert or snack! I dont care what it is I have to make it. This looks amazing!
It’s a hodge podge of all three!
Breakfast? Brunch? Snack?? Dessert?
Yes to all 4. Maybe even add dinner. :)
I love snack mixes too! This sounds amazing! Love the use of the waffles – so creative! Love the sprinkles too!
the box of them was just staring at me from the freezer til I used them!
I love this idea! It would be a great party mix!
I’ve never heard of a snack mix using waffles! How interesting.
the box of waffles was just staring at me from the freezer til I used them!
I think I’ve just met the snack of my dreams.
You are just so clever! Love seeing what you come up with… YUM!!!
Way too much in my freezer and pantry and so I just start throwing stuff together some days!
Wow, how clever to use waffles! I love it! Dangerous though. :)
What are you doing to us with these decadent recipes? I love snack mix, especially sweet mix like turtle Chex mix, which is expensive for the little amount you get in the bag. Your recipe has inspired me to try to craft my own turtle blend.
A Turtle blend would be SO good!
It has never occurred to me to put waffles in a snack mix, but I LOVE the idea! It’s great that it only takes 10 minutes to make, too; although I think I could probably then inhale the whole thing in well under 10 minutes. ;)
I have to pour some in a bowl and then promise myself to STOP because it’s just so tempting :)
Really, that´s a very good and nice idea!
Whoa, cool idea with the toasting waffles for a crunchy snack. I tend to be a food separator so I’m not a big snack mix person, but I think I’d like bowls of the different individual elements. Would it be wrong to have a bowl full of waffle crunchies?;)
a food separator – I am with certain things but not with mixes..the more random stuff, the better :)
a bowl full of waffle crunchies sounds fab!