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cup dried cranberries
cup honey roasted peanuts
cup white chocolate chips, melted
cup milk or dark chocolate chips, melted
Cellophane treat bags and ribbon (for gifting)
On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, mix together caramel popcorn, cranberries and peanuts.
Melt white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips in separate bowls. Drizzle evenly over popcorn using a spoon.
Place baking sheet in refrigerator and cool for 1 hour to harden chocolate.
Break apart pieces and scoop into cellophane treat bags. Tie closed with festive ribbon and give as gifts for the holidays!
More About This Recipe
- Now that it’s December, I’m in full-on holiday mode.
From trimming the tree to baking Christmas cookies to listening to my Christmas hip-hop Pandora station on repeat, I am one holly jolly gal when the holidays are here!
Of course, that also means I’m working on a list of gifts to give to loved ones. This year, I’m going with the themes DIY and delicious – and what better way to do so than to make a batch of this Cranberry Caramel Corn Snack Mix? It’s an amazing combination of sweet and salty ingredients, and the best part is it takes about an hour to make and gift-wrap.
The formula is simple: A few cups of caramel popcorn + sweet and tart dried cranberries + honey roasted peanuts + a generous drizzle of chocolate = Unbelievable scrumptiousness. It’s not too sugary but not too salty either, and is also perfect for guests to snack on at a holiday party. The bright red color of cranberries combined with white and dark chocolate chips also add some festivity to the mix.
While I like to gift my caramel corn mix in cellophane treat bags tied with ribbon, there are plenty of ways to package this gift. On the plus side, it’s sturdy and nonperishable enough to be sent through the mail to faraway loved ones; on the minus side, it’ll be hard giving this addicting snack mix away. Good thing the ingredients are cheap and easy to find, so you can make multiple batches and share some with yourself.
After all, if Santa gets milk and cookies, don’t you deserve a little treat, too?
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A day late and a dollar short. It’s the story of my life.
Halloween was, of course, yesterday…and I had a post written talking all about Halloween. I talked about how much I love that America condones going out and asking strangers for candy. I wish Halloween was every day of the year. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop by houses of people you don’t know, on a random Tuesday, and ask them for a Kit Kat? I think I might try it out tomorrow…if I don’t show back up here in a few days please call the police.
But instead of the post going live on Monday morning like it was scheduled to do…it sat hidden from everyone. My love of Halloween still not voiced…and the best damn Caramel Corn ever, still not shown to all of you. While I should have noticed that the post never went up yesterday…I spent the day recovering from an overnight flight back from San Francisco.
And by recovering, I mean buried below 40 pounds of fur. While most people come home to family or kids, I returned to 4 lonely cats and one extremely tired dog from his stay at Poochies. So we slept and forgot all about Caramel Corn. I actually didn’t even remember it was Halloween until around 5pm yesterday when I saw the best Halloween movie ever, Hocus Pocus, come on.
I quickly dressed and hurried to the store and bought a few bags of some candy I don’t like…so I wasn’t tempted to eat it all before the trick or treaters showed up. I rushed home expecting to have a line of princesses, buzz lightyears, and harry potter’s at my door demanding candy. But as of 10 pm last night, I had all of 1 trick or treater.
Brody sure does make one adorable Cowardly Lion! And while he may not have said Trick or Treat, he totally got a Twizzler. I still have 3 bags of candy sitting by my front door waiting to be handed out. I am considering placing it outside of the apartment where I know a little girl lives…would that be creepy? Do you think her parents would let her have it? Should I leave a note? And then what would the note say?…
I’m not a weirdo or anything. And this candy is totally drug and needle free…but no kids came by my house and I Trick or Treated with my dog instead. So um anyways, this candy is for the little girl that lives here.
Again…if I don’t show back up in a few days, please call the police. I was arrested for being a creeper and giving the little girl above me candy. Please show the police this post so they can see that I totally just wanted to rid myself of the candy, that I don’t even like, but that still keeps calling my name.
Sweet and Savory Snack Mixes Perfect for Holiday Hosting
Take the work out of hosting friends and family with sweet and savory snack mixes that feature gourmet flavor combinations&mdashand super-easy assembly methods.
Our favorite snack mixes make any spread of appetizers and snacks a little more special, whether you’re celebrating a holiday, game day, or just making it to the weekend. We like to pair pantry staples with gourmet touches to pack our sweet and savory snack mixes with anything-but-ordinary flavors𠅊nd to elevate basic snack mixes beyond what guests might expect. So use our favorite party mixes to inspire your next gathering or whip up a batch to give as gifts.
White Chocolate Snack Mix
With sweet and savory flavors, this cereal snack mix gets a gourmet touch from the addition of salted almonds. The hint of salt balances the flavors of this sweet snack mix, making it a delicious option to serve at a holiday party or to package up as a hostess gift.
Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix
Try an updated take on classic party mix recipes by adding nut-based crackers to pretzels, gourmet rosemary and sea salt almonds, and spices. It’s a savory snack mix that pairs well with crisp hard ciders and hoppy IPAs—or punch!
Holiday Caramel Chex Mix4 cups microwave popcorn (see Note) 4 cups Chex cereal 1 cup mixed nuts 1/2 cup margarine 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Mix popcorn, cereal and nuts in a large mixing bowl.
3. Mix margarine, brown sugar and corn syrup in a microwave-safe container and cook for 1 minute 30 seconds, or until bubbling.
4. Pour margarine mixture over cereal, tossing to coat. Be careful - it's HOT!
5. Spread on a large cookie sheet and bake for one hour, stirring every fifteen minutes. Allow to cool.
6. Melt white chocolate chips and drizzle over three cups of the cooled cereal mixture, tossing to coat evenly. Allow to cool.
7. Mix the two cereal mixtures and the cranberries.
Popcorn: one 3.5-ounce bag of microwave popcorn is approximately four cups. Be sure to remove as many unpopped kernels as possible.
Chex cereal: I like a mix of Corn and Wheat.
Mixed nuts: I used cashew pieces and broken pretzels.
White chocolate chips: I used white almond bark that I had on hand instead. Three blocks is plenty.
Cranberry-Caramel Chex Mix
- 3 cups Rice Chex
- 3 cups Corn Chex
- 1 1/2 cup honey roasted nuts
- 1 1/2 cups twisted pretzels
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick butter
- 1/4 cup light Karo syrup
- 1/4 t. baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups craisins
- 1 1/2 cups M&Ms or chocolate chips
Gently mix cereals, nuts and pretzels in a large bowl. In a 2 cup glass measuring cup add brown sugar, butter and Karo syrup. Microwave for 2 minutes until melted, stirring well after 1 minute. Add baking soda to the caramel sauce and mix well. Pour sauce over cereal mixture and mix gently until cereal is completely coated.
Pour coated cereal mixture onto a jelly roll pan and bake at 250 degrees for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Be SURE to stir so that the chex mix won’t get stuck together.
Cool completely and add craisins and M&Ms.
Makes about 14 cups of Cranberry-Caramel Chex Mix.
I used this fabulous chex mix as homemade gifts. I bought 50 treat bags for 1.99 at Hobby Lobby. These bags are in the cake decorating section, not the party section. I scooped 2 cups of the chex mix into each bag and tied them closed with pretty ribbon. The above recipe makes 7 generous bags of chex mix.
On Black Friday I bought a bunch of little gift bags at Hobby Lobby for about 0.40 each. They are perfect gift bags for little bags of chex mix or other baked goodies.
I have a few more batches of Cranberry-Caramel Chex Mix to make, but I’m very happy with how my homemade gifts are turning out. They are pretty and delish…oh, and frugal!
Being over in Sunriver for Thanksgiving meant eating delicious breakfasts, snacking throughout the day, and then feasting at night. We did go on long walks, enjoyed the beautiful outdoors, Smith Rock–offsetting our eating with exercise.
The only way to survive over the holidays — exercise!
Driving home over the pass was a little scary, with snow, so many accidents, and icy roads, but it was so gorgeous!
Sweet ‘n’ Salty Cranberry Bliss Snack Mix
Introducing the snack mix you will be nonstop face shoving all the way til midnight tonight.
There’s sweet ‘n’ salty, cranberries, and a whooooooole lotta bliss. Ask me about the time I hid this snack mix from myself because it was so freaking addicting.
I wouldn’t recommend pulling a stunt like that for your New Years Eve tonight though, guys. Gather a big bunch ‘o peeps, a few cocktails, and a big bowl of this snack mix and you’re set til midnight.
Just sayin, I would love an invite.
For how good this sweet ‘n’ salty cranberry bliss snack mix is, you would probably NEVER even anticipate how incredibly easy it is to pull off.
I use a mix of oyster crackers, chex cereal, pretzels, and sliced almonds for the base and then the gamechanger here is the quick, caramel-like butter/sugar sauce. It is nothing short of INSANE with the salty crackers and cereal.
A quick 20 minute trip to the oven and then try your hardest to not demolish the whole thing while you wait for it to cool because once it’s cooled it’s time to toss in ALL the cranberry and white chocolate goodness.
And trust me, that last step just seals your fate on eating approximately 29802983 handfuls of this crunch, sweet ‘n’ salty snack insanity.
Crock-Pot Cranberry Applesauce
Applesauce is pretty much a a staple in our household. It is one of my kids favorites as a snack or as a quick side dish for lunch or dinner. My oldest daughter Hannah is the Queen of Tart in our household. She LOVES anything sour. You should taste the cranberry sorbet she made the other day. I thought my brain puckered when I tasted it!
So, I made this cranberry applesauce recipe with her in mind and did not add any additional sugar to it. It is tart but not TOO tart. If tart is not your thing, go ahead and add some sugar to your tasting near the end of cooking. Just taste, sweeten a little at time with some sugar, honey, splenda or your sweetener of choice and keep on tasting until you find your desired sweetness.
If you like things on the tart side, leave the sugar out and you will be a happy camper.
I just tossed this applesauce into freezer containers and put one in the fridge for eating now and one in the freezer for later.
If you would like to can this applesauce into jars for long term shelf stable storage fill sterilized quart or pint canning jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Process in a water bath canner in boiling water for 15 minutes for pint jars or 20 minutes for quart jars adjusting your time if you are above sea level.
I think this cranberry apple sauce would make for a great and EASY addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas table!
Sweet and Salty Popcorn Snack Mix
We love tasty and easy snacks in our house. This sweet and salty popcorn mix is one of our favorite snack mixes. It is so easy to change up with whatever I have in the pantry and the kids love it.
With Football being a big thing in our house I wanted to make a fun popcorn snack mix that is festive for football season but can also be changed up to go with other themes as well. I change things up for different holidays, different parties we are having and to go with what I have on hand at the time and this recipe is perfect!
This snack mix is easy to make and you can totally get the kids involved. Sometimes I will split the popcorn into separate bowls so each kid can customize their own.
You can easily make this snack mix ahead of time and put it in baggies to give as treat bags at a birthday party or for packing in a lunch box!
- Calories 372
- Fat 10g
- Sugars 28g
- Saturated Fat 4g
- Carbohydrates 66g
- Protein 8g
- Sodium 123mg
- Fiber 8g
- Cholesterol 5mg
- Potassium 227mg
- Calcium 16mg
- Folate 10%
- Zinc 0
- Vitamin A 15%
- Vitamin C 0mg
- Vitamin E 1mg
The recipe has been shared.