Okay, so if you are still looking around for one more holiday treat to make, this might be it. The title of this recipe is Reindeer Crunch, and when I mentioned that I would be making it, one of my vigilant Facebook readers asked if I would be using real reindeer.
Nope. No reindeer were harmed in the making of this recipe. No deer of ANY kind were involved in the making of this recipe, even though I have flocks of them living in my yard. (Flocks? Herds? Gaggles? Whatever the right phrase is for lots and lots of deer…that’s what I’ve got. It’s gotten so that they will now pose for the camera.)
Anyway, I’m guessing reindeer might like to actually crunch some of this stuff, because it is made with popcorn and mixed nuts that have been coated in a brown sugar glaze, baked, and then drizzled with melted chocolate.
I now have to go on a brief rant about melting chocolate. I seem to be completely incapable of melting chocolate without having it seize up (which means, having it melt and then instantaneously transform into a totally unusable clod of solid, grainy chocolate mess). I’ve tried everything…the microwave at the defrost setting, melting it carefully over a double boiler…for some reason, it just won’t work for me. So thank goodness for candy melts, which are somehow made in a way that is especially designed for melting. You can get them in bags of all different colors at Michael’s craft stores, or you can find them by clicking here. I always keep a bag of them on hand just for moments like this when I NEED to make things like reindeer crunch. But if you are good at melting chocolate, go ahead and use regular chocolate chips, and please tell me your secret.
Anyway, that’s my Reindeer Crunch tale…be careful with this stuff. It’s impossible to take just one bite!
Recipe from CHRISTMAS WITH SOUTHERN LIVING 2011