Valentine's Day Chocolate Trail Mix


No baking (just a bit of microwave time) is required to make this homemade trail mix. While it makes for a terrific Valentine's treat, we think there's no wrong time to enjoy chocolate trail mix.

Valentine's Day Chocolate Trail Mix
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Microwave Time:
1 mins
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 21 mins
6 cups


  • 1 cup granola

  • 1 cup salted pretzel sticks, coarsely crushed

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 1 ½ cup dried cranberies

  • 1 cup cocoa-covered almonds

  • 1 cup dried cherries

  • ½ cup freeze-dried raspberries


  1. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. In a small bowl place granola; in another small bowl place pretzels.

  2. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup place 2/3 cup of the chocolate pieces. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 30 seconds. Stir chocolate. Continue cooking on high for about 20 to 30 seconds, stirring every
    10 seconds, until chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth. Add remaining1/3 cup chocolate pieces to the mixture; stir until chocolate is smooth again.

  3. Pour half of the melted chocolate over the granola; pour remaining half over the pretzels. Stir each until evenly coated. Turn the contents of each bowl out onto the prepared baking sheets. Separate the chocolate-coated pieces into small chunks. Let stand at room temperature 1 to 2 hours or until set. (If necessary, chill for 15 minutes until chocolate is set.)

  4. Break or chop the chocolate-coated granola and pretzels into bite-size morsels (evenness does not count here). Transfer pieces to a large bowl. Add dried cranberries, almonds, and dried cherries. Stir in dried raspberries just before serving.


Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

138 Calories
6g Fat
23g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 138
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 111mg 2%
Folate, total 5.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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