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Party mix is always a popular choice for parties, and this addicting White Chocolate Cashew Party Mix recipe is perfect for holiday entertaining! Or bag it up with a cute holiday tag for holiday food gifts.

I was compensated by PLANTERS for posting about their Deluxe Mixed Nuts and Cashews on Instagram. As always, all opinions are my own.

a bowl of festive party mix

Holiday White Chocolate Cashew Party Mix

I love any excuse to make this irresistible white chocolate party mix. Often called “white trash,” the inspiration for this recipe appeared in our local Junior League cookbook, Winners, years ago.

That party mix had a variety of Chex cereal, Cheerios and peanuts. I tweaked the recipe to add my favorites ingredients. I always pick the cashews out of a nut bowl if given the opportunity, so swapping out the peanuts for PLANTERS cashews was a must. Plus the Christmas colored M&M’s make it so festive! This holiday white chocolate cashew party mix is highly adaptable, but I think you’ll love my version.

2 small bowls of holiday snack mix

White Chocolate Party Mix for an Appetizer Board or Dessert Buffet

I was hosting our dinner club and wanted to scale down on appetizers. Having a few slabs of cheese, some fruit, crackers, nuts and this holiday party mix was just right. Not too much to spoil our appetites, and something for everyone!

For holiday parties, if you’re serving a few different desserts, a bowl of this holiday white chocolate party mix is a perfect addition.Those with a lighter appetite can nibble on this sweet salty treat. If you love white chocolate as much as I do, you’ll want to make some other white chocolate treats, too.

a bowl of snack mix sitting on a cheese appetizers appetizer

Cheese Board Tips

When having a crowd over for drinks or a meal, I love making a cheeseboard. So easy and no cooking involved! Here are a few of my tips for the best results.

  • Have an odd number of cheeses. I usually serve 3 or 5 different kinds of cheese depending on the size of my group and what else I have on the menu.
  • Vary the firmness, flavor, origin of your cheeses. Soft and hard cheeses, mild and sharp flavored cheeses, plus cow’s, goat’s, and sheep’s milk cheeses.
  • Serve a variety of crackers, crisps, and toasts. I usually have a gluten-free option available.
  • Intersperse seasonal fresh and dried fruit, jams, and nuts. A bowl of dip or a snack mix is also a terrific addition. Try for a variety of sizes and textures for visual appeal.
  • Also, watch your color palate. The reds and oranges of the fruit and cheeses made for a cohesive, but not too matchy-matchy look. I love grouping each ingredient together.
  • Pick a pretty platter or wooden cutting board for your arrangement. Add cheese knives and spreaders as needed.
holiday cheese platter

Party Mix Ingredients

PLANTERS Deluxe Nuts

PLANTERS has been my go-to brand of nuts since I was a child. If you want the best of the best, look for their Deluxe Whole Cashews and Deluxe Mixed Nuts. Perfect in my Holiday White Chocolate Party Mix or for eating out of hand.

a bowl of party mix next to cans of Planter's roasted nuts

Party Mix Posers

Three out of 8 of our dinner club members were around for my initial photo shoot. They were good sports as they had to pause before digging in so I could get a few shots! I hope you’ll whip up a batch of this white chocolate party mix for your next gathering!

party guests snacking on party foods like snack mix and dips

More Snack Mix Recipes

bowls of White Chocolate Cashew Party Mix

Holiday White Chocolate Cashew Party Mix

This addicting White Chocolate Cashew Party Mix recipe is perfect for holiday entertaining or to give as holiday food gifts!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 12


  • 8 ounces good quality white chocolate, chopped
  • 4 cups Rice Chex
  • 1 cup pretzels, I used Snaps
  • 1 cup whole cashews, I used Planters Deluxe Whole Cashews
  • 3/4 cup M & M's, holiday colors


  1. In a heat safe bowl, microwave white chocolate, stopping and stirring at 30 second intervals until smooth and melted.
  2. In a large bowl, combine Chex, pretzels, cashews and M & M's. Slowly drizzle white chocolate over mixture, stopping to gently toss, until all the mix is evenly coated.
  3. Spread mixture out onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Let cool.
  4. Break into bite-sized pieces and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 223mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g


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17 comments on “Holiday White Chocolate Cashew Party Mix”

  1. Your party mix sounds like a great munchie Liz! But what keeps catching my eye… That cranberry(?) cheese looks amazing:@)

  2. I probably will snack on them all day long!

  3. This sounds like a really good mixture of things to cover in white chocolate to me!

  4. Both the platter and the mix look super delicious. Your guests will feel very appreciated. Happy Holidays!

  5. Love party mix! And you can do so much with it, can’t you? This looks terrific — love the idea of white chocolate. And I’ll never turn down a cashew! Thanks! And Happy Holidays!

  6. What a fun treat for the holidays! I love any type of party mix that includes nuts!

  7. Party mixes like these are my downfall. I can usually just have 1, or 2 cookies/sweets….but when there’s a mix like this I lose track of how much I’m actually snacking on! So addictive! I love the sweet/salty combo…mmm!

  8. One of the first holiday treats I started making was similar to this mix – you just reminded me!! I always ate too much of it before I gave it away 🙂 I love the added cashews in this – I am going to add those in next time!!!
    Love the fun platter presentation!

  9. Using Planter’s mixed nuts in this is genius. It looks delicious and so easy!

  10. This party mix looks fabulous Liz. I could eat loads of it.

    When I visit you need to give me a cheese board tutorial. I’m not very good at pairing the right things together. I’m going to give your tips a whirl and see if I can put together a good one for the holidays.

  11. I’m loving the white chocolate!

  12. It’s not a party without a snack mix like this! I love white chocolate, esp when combined with salty ingredients. Addictive!

  13. Put this in front of me and I’m in big trouble! Yum!

  14. That looks fabulous, what a terrific idea!

  15. It’s not a party without the party mix!

  16. This snack mix is impossible to stay away from, so easy and yummy!

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