This post was written by Melissa Woodson, community manager for Washington University in St. Louis’ @WashULaw, a top-tier online llm degree in U.S. Law. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.
Everyone loves the girl who brings treats to the office. I mean, who can say no to a homemade cookie or freshly frosted cupcake? And for the intern on a budget, making something at home is a great way to build rapport with your co-workers or say thank you for your internship opportunity.
One of my favorite homemade treats is called Creative Mix. It’s a sweet/salty combo that always gets rave reviews. I buy little cellophane bags at the dollar store to pack up individual portions and tie them with a little ribbon for added cuteness. Make this for your co-workers, and they’ll be your best friends for life--promise.
Makes 13 cups
4 cups each mini pretzels, Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, & Rice Chex
1 cup lightly salted peanuts
1 lb. Almond Bark*
1 T. vegetable oil
Break the almond bark into pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Pour the vegetable oil over the top and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and continue melting in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until mixture is completely melted and smooth.
While the bark melts, mix the pretzels, Captain Crunch, Rice Chex, and peanuts in a large bowl. I usually use 2 large bowls because this makes a beast of a batch! Be careful to mix gently so you don’t crush the cereal and pretzels.
Pour the melted almond bark over the cereal mixture and mix gently until coated. Spread onto waxed paper in an even layer. Allow it to firm up, then break into pieces and portion into your plastic bags.
Warning: This stuff is seriously addictive. I highly recommend packaging it up and then hiding it from yourself so you don’t eat the entire batch. Think I’m kidding? You’ll see . . .
*Almond bark is a vanilla-flavored candy coating that can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store.