Snackaholic Addictions: New York Trash

Any girl reading this who spent her summers in Harrison, Maine (04040) is about to freak out. To my fellow Pinecliffe Campers/Peppiest Girls/Ellie and Teddy Teammates…below is Tracy Kohn’s famous recipe for NEW YORK TRASH.


Any jokes or cynical comments that follow in this post should be interpreted with a sense of light-hearted sarcasm. I couldn’t say a bad thing about Camp Pinecliffe if I tried (other than the fact that I was forced to wear Tevas at age 15). My best friends today are those girls I met while at camp when I was 7 years old. I am known to break out into cheers (C-A-M-P P-I-N-E-C-L-I-F-F-E) at any given moment, but I will keep this post cheer-less for my non-camp readers.

Every summer, on the Friday before Parents Weekend, we gathered to listen to the “Fluff the Pillows” speech. The speech kicked-off the “party” we were about to throw for our parents and signified the events for the next 72 hours:

  1. Clean your bunk (in a similar fashion to discovering bed bugs and needing to fumigate)
  2. Maneuver your way into Main Bunk without using the freshly painted stairs
  3. Stop walking on the grass, it needs to grow
  4. Set aside your cleanest blue shirt and brown shorts
  5. Make your bed using hospital corners
  6. Start saving room for the annual fried chicken lunch
  7. Begin brainstorming a strategy for hiding your food after the weekend (hint: don’t bring it all to Beach Day)
  8. And most importantly: Find out when the Kohn’s were coming and how much New York Trash was coming with them. **side note: the answer to the first part of this was always BOTH DAYS (sorry Patty…just another camp rule I broke) **second side note: after 14 years of camp visiting weekend the question changed to “who is bringing Tracy Kohn’s New York Trash this year”

New York Trash


  • 8 cups assorted cereal: chex (variety of types), life, cheerios 
  • 3 cups assorted nuts: pecans, thinly sliced almonds
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks, salted
  • 24 oz white chocolate discs (melting chocolate for candy making)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar


  1. Mix together the cereals, nuts, and pretzel sticks
  2. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over the dry mixture. Mix until the cereal, nuts, and pretzels are well coated with white chocolate
  4. Spread the coated mixture out on long sheets of parchment paper
  5. Sprinkle the mixture with confectioners sugar
  6. Allow the mixture to dry before shaking off excess sugar
  7. Store New York Trash in an airtight container or zip-loc bag

Blue and Brown New York Trash (camp colors)

Every non-Pinecliffe camper reading this is assuming New York Trash is Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies. Anyone who has tried New York Trash will disagree and declare that New York Trash is original and unique. However, if you feel inclined to explore variations of “Puppy Chow/Muddy Buddies” beyond the incredible New York Trash, here are come variations:

Cake Batter Muddy Buddies

Puppy Chow Popcorn

Nutella Puppy Chow

Better Than Sex Chex Mix

Enjoy. Eat Up.


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