White Trash Candy

White Trash Candy. Open your pantry, dump a bunch of salty sweet snack foods in a bowl and cover it with white chocolate. Homemade candy at its easiest!

Looking for more candy recipes the kids will love? Try this Cool Whip Candy and this Crock Pot Candy next.

Easy candy mix made with cereal, white chocolate, and m&ms in a white bowl.

Why this Recipe Works

We call this white trash because most likely you’re using ingredients that would normally be tossed in the trash (the end of a bag of cereal, pretzels, etc) and then coating it in white chocolate.

This is the most versatile candy recipe you can make!

  • White Trash Candy only takes 10 minutes to make. Kids love to help make this candy with all their favorite cereals!
  • With so many options, you can make it dozens of times and never have it exactly the same way twice.
  • This candy is colorful with the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors.

When a batch of White Trash Candy is in the house, I can’t resist snacking on it by the handful. If you love this, you’re going to also love our easy bunny chow!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make white trash candy recipe.
  • White chocolate melting wafers. I use Ghirardelli brand. It’s specifically designed to melt smoothly and set up perfectly soft–and they taste amazing!
  • Cereal. Froot Loops, Cheerios, and Cocoa Puffs are featured today. But feel free to swap these out for any combination of your favorite fruity and chocolatey varieties.
  • Pretzels. Sticks or twists will work great here.
  • Candy. M&M’s (any flavor), Reeses Pieces, chopped Twix, Snickers, Milky Way. So many posibilities! Toss in some homemade peanut butter cups!


You can make this easy microwave no bake treat and change up the flavors.

  • Add Chex cereal, holiday colored m&m’s, cranberries and pistachios for a Christmas version.
  • Spoon a big bunch of this white trash dessert into a clear plastic treat bag. Tie it up with ribbon and give it as a hostess gift, teacher gift, or party favor. Bring it to a bake sale, it is always is one of the first treats to sell!
  • Make it in October. Halloween Trash Candy can be made using all the fun holiday cereals, like BooBerry, Count Chocula, etc.
  • And all the peanut butter lovers unite by adding in Reese’s Puffs, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter chocolate chips!

Pick a favorite!

Step by step photos showing how to make white trash candy.

Tips and Tricks

  • Place the cereal, pretzels and chocolate candies in a bowl before melting the white chocolate so it’s ready to go.
  • Pour the candy on parchment paper to let it set for quick and easy clean up.
  • Store White Trash Candy in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Do not freeze. The cereal and pretzels will become mushy when thawed.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use white chocolate chips instead of melting wafers?

You can use white chocolate chips, but they won’t melt as smooth or set up as well unless you temper it first.

What is white trash candy?

White Trash Candy is a treat made by adding melted white chocolate to a combination of sweet cereals, candy and salty snacks.

How long does white trash candy stay good?

This is best enjoyed within a week or so. It’s addictingly delicious, so you won’t have any trouble finishing it off!

White trash candy mix spread onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

More Easy Desserts

White Trash Candy

4.91 from 10 votes
By: Aimee
Easy WHITE TRASH CANDY recipe. Toss together sweet and salty snacks with melted white chocolate for a delicious treat!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5 cups


  • 1 cup Honey Nut Cheerios
  • ½ cup Cocoa Puffs
  • 1 cup Froot Loops
  • 1 cup M&M’s
  • 1 cup broken pretzel sticks
  • 10 oz Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers or vanilla bark


  • In a very large mixing bowl combine cereal and candy.
  • I like to use Froot Loops, pretzels, Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, and M&M’s.
  • Melt white chocolate according to package directions. I usually opt for Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting wafers. They taste amazing and melt beautifully.
  • Pour melted chocolate over the cereal mixture. Gently mix until covered.
  • Pour onto parchment paper on the counter top. Let harden (about 15 minute). Store in airtight container at room temperature.


  • Easy Clean up. Pour the candy on parchment paper to let it set for quick and easy clean up.
  • Store White Trash Candy in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Do not freeze. The cereal and pretzels will become mushy when thawed.



Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 188kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 77mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
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Empty out the pantry and make a batch of White Trash Candy. Just be prepared–it’s hard to stop eating this once you start!

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Posted on June 3, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi Aimee,
    I can see that everyone really loves your White Trash Candy and so do I, its great! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  2. Love this! Great way to use up the bottom of the cereal boxes. 😉

    I’d like to invite you to share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/14/chocolate-birds-nests/

  3. When my boys were little, I would put animal crackers in the mix of this recipe and called it, “Noah’s Ark”. It was a hit at their Christian Preschool parties!

  4. White Trash Candy…what a delight and I think would be very additive both for adults and kids! Funtastic! yvette@twistedvines

  5. Aimee, your so good to always link up such great recipes! Thank you so much for your support!

  6. Hi Aimee,
    I would love to collect your trash..lol! oh this is so good. I am excited to do this with my daughter.Thanks…Thanks…Thanks..

  7. @ Mo’Betta-Reindeer Mix, I like that!
    @ Liz- I must drive near you when I go to Chicago, I’ll wave next time 🙂
    @ Walking by Faith- We live near Cincinnati; there is a GWL next to King’s Island Amusement Park- Fun!!
    @ Lori- please don’t use items from your purse, probably won’t taste so great 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by everyone!

  8. This looks good, and your description is leaving me laughing. Plus at first I thought you wrote “purse” instead of “pantry”. I guess that tells you I’m up way too late. But fun recipe! Found you on Little Rays of Sunshine 🙂

  9. I love this!! I can’t wait to dig around in my pantry and find things to coat in white chocolate goodness. 🙂 I saw you live close to Great Wolf Lodge! We’ve never been there but need to go sometime. We’re in the Hampton Roads area and not far from Williamsburg ourselves.

    Thanks for linking up with So Sweet Sundays! I’m your newest follower and hope you’ll pop by again and become a follower, as well! 🙂

  10. I love the name!! I thought of you when I started making the grilled cheese sandwich! I was coming home from a meeting in Chicago and we stopped in to grab some cheese! I love cheese!! Our farm is just south of Indianapolis.

  11. The name is hilarious! I’ve made something similar at Christmas, but it was called “reindeer mix”. White Trash Candy is so much better 😉

  12. how fun!
    this is one of my very favorite recipes, but i haven’t made it in such a long time because it’s seriously addictive!
    i’ve never heard of adding fruit loops to it, but that’s a great idea!!

  13. We did have alot of fun, and of course the kids want to go back in the summer when the outdoor portion of the pool is open!

  14. We love GWL! Ours is about 2 hours away, but it’s so worth the drive. This looks so fun, and perfect for so many occasions.

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