Thursday, December 9, 2010

Santa Snack Mix

The little santa hats in this snack mix might be the cutest thing to come out of my kitchen since the dump truck cake. Seriously, when I came across these on the internet, I just knew my Christmas could not be complete until I tried making them! They would make a cute addition to your holiday treats by themselves, if you didn't want to make the rest of the snack mix along with them, (although it's really good!) Such an adorable delicacy deserves to be shared with all the world, so unless you are totally immune to cuteness (Mark) you'll want to make these too! They're a little labor intensive, it's true, but not more than any other candy recipe and there's no thermometer or special, secret boiling point to worry about, so that was a plus for me! Here's the recipe. (and a lot of photos.)

For the hats you will need:

white candy melts
1 tbs. shortening to thin the coating
red candy melts (or add red food color to the white)
Wilton sugar crystals or white sprinkles
mini marshmallows
wax paper

Melt your red candy melts according to directions. Stir in 1 tbs. shortening. Dump your bag of Bugles in a bowl, and choose ones that are open on the bottom so they will stand up to dry. Dip all but the very tips in red coating, tap of excess on side of bowl, and set on a cookie sheet with wax paper on it to dry.

When they are dry, melt the white candymelts. (You will only need a small bowl of these.) Dip the bottom of the hats to form a white brim, dip in the sugar, and set them back on the cookie sheet to set.
Now you are ready for the tops- with your kitchen shears or a clean pair of scissors, cut about 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows into halves. (Cut them through their middles, not across the flat top). Dip the bare tips of the bugles back into the remelted red coating, and poke a half marshmallow onto the hat, holding on for just a second to let it set.

To assemble the rest of the snack mix in a large bowl stir together about

2 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 cups pretzels
1 cup peanuts
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 bag Christmas M&M's

Melt 1 bag white chocolate chips, pour over mixture and stir quickly. Chocolate will harden fast, so get everything coated evenly and pour onto another cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Put it back in the bowl when the chocolate is dry, add 1/2 to 2/3 of a bag of red and green M&M's. Add the santa hats. Almost too cute to eat!

And here is a link back to the original recipe.


  1. This is SOOO cute Hailey. I really want to try it. Hey, btw - I'm doing your dump truck cake for Luke's birthday. Did you just make regular chocolate cake from a box or did you use pound cake? Will you email me? And any other tips you remember being helpful?

  2. Thanks for posting this! Tyler and I just loved the mix from the Christmas playgroup party. You were so nice to make this for all of us. And I do agree those Santa hats are the cutest!

  3. Oh my heck! These are sooooo cute! I'm making them this weekend and cannot wait. Thanks for posting this!

  4. I am in awe of you. Those are so cute and fancy (and labor-intensive, it looks like!).

  5. Adorable! And dang good too. Thanks for sharing--they were YUMMY!