The fun thing about a party mix is you can add whatever you like. For this one I used Chex gluten free cereal. Choose whichever GF flavor you prefer: corn, rice, honey nut, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, or apple cinnamon. To that I added almonds, popcorn, mini marshmallows, dried cherries, and Glutino yogurt covered GF pretzels. But you can make it all your own by adding your favorite goodies. Kids can come up with some pretty great ideas!
Combine the ingredients in whatever quantity you like and mix them together. Then thinly layer it on a cookie sheet, wax paper or parchment paper so the chocolate splatter covers all of it and it doesn’t stick. As you can see, it’s a little messy so allow a bit of extra room for the chocolate to splatter. I used both white and dark chocolate.
Since white chocolate can be a little trickier to melt than dark chocolate I’ve used a candy specifically made for dipping. Of course, you can always use Wilton melting chocolate for both your white and your dark chocolate. Their company states that their melting chocolate does not contain gluten, nor is it in their processing plants.
Simply follow the directions on the package. For pink chocolate add a little GF red food coloring to the white chocolate until you reach the shade you want. I’ve added the coloring before and after the chocolate has melted and had good results with both. If you’re particular about the shade, add it after it has melted and you’ll be able to tell if you’ve reached it. Just do so quickly before the chocolate begins to set. OR, if you prefer, you can always buy it already colored. I recommend heating less than a cup at a time as it cools fairly rapidly and you won’t be able to drizzle/splatter it at that point.
Work quickly, dipping a knife into the melted chocolate and flick it across the party mix. I find that a knife works better than a spoon, which is more likely to make it gloppy. Although that’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you love chocolate.
If you choose to use regular dark chocolate, I suggest melting it in a small saucepan or using the double-boiler method. Make sure the saucepan is dry and that no water (if using the double-boiled method) touches the chocolate or it will seize up. Add approximately 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (or non-hydrogenated shortening) for every 6 oz. of chocolate you intend melting. It’s important you heat the chocolate slowly, stirring as it melts. If it’s not as creamy and thin as you like, you may add a bit more coconut oil until you reach the desire consistency. Just add a very small amount at a time.
Tip: Heat only one chocolate at a time!
Once the chocolate has set, store in an airtight, sealed container so the cereal/popcorn doesn’t go stale. Or use cellophane bags and tie them with a pretty ribbon for a festive Valentine’s gift!