Have you tried Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle holiday mix? It’s pretty much my new nemesis at TJ’s, i.e. I cannot stop eating the stuff. Jingle Jangle is a mix of delicious goodies dipped in chocolate. It makes you feel all kinds of jingly jangly holiday happiness. I highly recommend giving it away as gifts. While the mix is cute and tasty, it’s best to get it out of the house ASAP to avoid overdosing.
If you can’t get to Trader Joe’s or are looking for a really wonderful holiday treat to make, this Jingle Jangle copycat recipe will come in handy. My 3-year-old son Owen and I spent this week recreating it and were quite successful, if I do say so myself.
The beauty of this recipe is that it is highly customizable. Feel free to add your own favorite chocolate-dipped creations. Chocolate-coated nuts would be wonderful in this mix. But, honestly, a direct copycat of the original is pretty wonderful. You can’t go wrong either way!
The other beautiful thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to get the kids involved with the cooking. Owen is only 3 but was able to help me throughout the entire process. He broke up cookies and pretzels prior to dipping, helped stir the ingredients into the chocolate, and even helped me package the Jingle Jangle into gift bags to give to friends. As much as I love how it tastes, watching Owen make this treat with me was a million times more enjoyable and did my heart good.
Trader Joe’s Copycat Jingle Jangle Holiday Mix
4 ounces dark chocolate (baking bars or chips)
4 ounces milk chocolate (baking bars or chips)
1 cup caramel corn (you can use this delicious and simple recipe or just buy some at the store)
10 Oreo cookies or vanilla wafers, broken in half (Trader Joe’s uses Joe Joe’s, but I like the more simple flavor of vanilla wafers)
1/2 cup mini pretzels or pretzel slims
1/2 cup holiday M&M’s
1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups
1. Melt dark chocolate and milk chocolate separately in a microwave-safe bowl, starting at 1 minute on high power, stirring, and then cooking at 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted.
2. Dump the caramel corn into the dark chocolate and toss with a large spoon. Once covered well, spread the popcorn on a piece of parchment or a silicone baking mat to cool.
3. In the remaining dark chocolate and milk chocolate, follow step 2 for both the cookies (or wafers) and pretzels, choosing your preferred chocolate and goodie combo. (Separately covering each type creates an even chocolate coating.)
4. Once chocolate has hardened after a couple hours, place in a large bowl and toss with M&M’s and peanut butter cups.
All measurements are approximate and easily adjustable. If you prefer one ingredient, add more of it. If you want more Jingle Jangle, just add additional ingredients and keep melting chocolate as needed.