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Easy Snack Mix Recipes

October 2, 2010 07:47 by Barbara Shelby

Updated December 2012

Why make snack mix?
Easy...fun for kids...fun for grown-ups...great for gifts, parties and holidays! The question should be--why not?

Toss together a few ingredients. Add a bit of this and a bit of that... and presto! You have an instant snack sensation.

This page contain recipes that kids can easily make. Some are peppered with a little more seasoning that kids may like and adults will love...There is great enough variety where you're sure to find some you and your children both like...

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LET'S START WITH KIDS...

KID MADE SNACK MIX! Are you serving a group of kids that all like something different? Put out several ingredients from the below list:

Raisins
Goldfish crackers, plain or cheese
Chex cereal
Life cereal
Cheerios
Square pretzels or pretzel sticks
Nuts (only if no children in your group are allergic to nuts)
Raisins or Yogurt covered raisins, sunflower seeds, etc. 
Your choice of M&M's, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, small chewy candies, etc.

1. Put the variety of ingredients out in bowls.
2. After children wash their hands--give them each a baggie. (To keep track of whose is whose - have them write their name on it) The ingredients will then go into each child's baggie with their choice of mixes.

TIP: Let children know how much 'measurement-wise' they can take of offered foods; also how many choices they can have. Example: Each child can take 1/2 cup of 4 food choices offered.

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ANIMAL FOOD FOR HUMANS 
Ingredients:
2 cups animal shaped graham crackers
1 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup raisins
Mix together. Store in sandwich bags or covered container.

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WORMY SNACK MIX (From Bear Theme)

Ingredients:
1 cup miniature pretzels
1 cup miniature Teddy Grahams snacks
1 cup dry roasted peanuts (If no allergies)
1 cup m&m's
1 cup gummy worms
Mix together and enjoy

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TRAIL MIXES and PARTY MIXES

A GENERAL GUIDE TO TRAIL MIX
1.  In a large bowl, add any type of cereals (Cheerios, Kix, Rice Krispies, etc.)
2.  Mix in pretzel sticks, fish crackers, small snack crackers, raisins, oyster crackers, M&M's, etc. Almost anything that is left-over in the pantry.
3.  Mix well, and place in individual sandwich baggies or paper cups.
This is a great "take-along field trip snack" or "take it outdoors snack"... It will also help you clean out those "little leftovers" in your food
storage.

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FROOT LOOPS TRAIL MIX
1 (15 ounce) box Fruit Loops cereal
1 15 ounce) bag mini pretzel twists
1 (1 pound) bag M&M's
1 box raisins
1 can salted peanuts
Mix all together and store in airtight container.

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GOOBERS TRAIL MIX

2 cups 'NESTLE GOOBERS' Milk Chocolate-Covered Peanuts
2 cups small pretzel twists
Miniature marshmallows
1 cup raisins
1 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
1 cup coarsely chopped dried apples
Combine Goobers, pretzels, marshmallows, raisins, apricots and apples in large bowl.
Makes 10 servings.
Recipe Source: Nestle & Meals.com

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ORIGINAL CHEX PARTY MIX

6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite-size pretzels
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces

Heat oven to 250°F (120°C). In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated.
Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.
Makes 24 (1/2 cup) servings.

Microwave Directions: In large microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

TIP: The original recipe includes Corn Chex, Rice Chex and Wheat Chex. You can mix and match to suit your taste--just use a total of 9 cups of cereal.
Recipe courtesy of www.chex.com

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CROCKPOT PARTY MIX
7 cups assorted cereal (oat, rice, wheat in various shapes)
1 cup peanuts, pecans, cashews, or mixed nuts
1 cup mini pretzel sticks
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
dash hot pepper sauce, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
Combine cereals, nuts and pretzels in slow cooker. Mix melted butter with remaining ingredients and seasonings; pour over the cereal mixture, tossing to coat. Cook, uncovered on HIGH for 2 hours, stirring about every 30 minutes.
Turn to low and cook another 2 to 6 hours. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 10 cups.

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NUTS AND BOLTS
Ingredients
2 cups bite-size wheat square cereal (such as Wheat Chex®)
2 cups bite-size corn square cereal (such as Corn Chex®)
2 cups bite-size rice square cereal (such as Rice Chex®)
2 cups toasted oat cereal rings (such as Cheerios®)
2 cups cheese-flavored crackers (such as Cheez-It®)
2 cups pretzels
2 cups mixed nuts
1 cup butter
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1. Preheat an oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Combine the wheat cereal, corn cereal, rice cereal, oat cereal, cheese-flavored crackers, pretzels, and mixed nuts in a large bowl; set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce until evenly blended. Pour over the cereal mixture, and gently stir until the cereal is evenly coated with the seasoned butter. Spread the cereal mixture onto baking sheets.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.

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NUTS AND BOLTS #2

8 cups Cheerios
5 cups Wheat Chex
2 1/2 cups cocktail peanuts, unsalted or lightly salted
4 cups pretzels
2 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 cups butter
1 tbsp. celery salt
2 tsp. onion salt
Pinch of garlic salt

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Melt butter and Worcestershire sauce in a roasting pan.
Add spices and mix well.
Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
Bake for 2 hours, stirring well every 20 minutes.
Store in an air-tight container.

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PARTY NIBBLES

1 (6 ounce) package seasoned croutons
1 (6 ounce) package fish-shaped crackers
1 (6 1/2 ounce) package pretzel twists
1 (12 ounce) can mixed nuts
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon hickory flavored salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large roasting pan; stir well.
Combine last 3 ingredients; stir well. Drizzle over nut mixture; stir well.
Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Yields about 3 quarts.

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NUTTY SNACK MIX

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter or  Creamy Peanut Butter & Honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups honey and nut breakfast cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup mini pretzels
Optional: Cayenne pepper, to taste
 
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil.
2. Combine butter, peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH  35 to 45 seconds, stirring until well blended.
3. Combine cereal, mixed nuts and pretzels in large bowl. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture. Toss well to coat. Spread mixture evenly on foiled baking sheet.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. Sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper, if desired. Toss. Store in resealable food storage bag.

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CHOCOLATE AND FRUIT SNACK MIX

1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon Hershey's Dark Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups bite-size crisp rice squares cereal
3 cups bite-size crisp wheat squares cereal
2 cups toasted oat cereal rings
1 cup cashews
1 1/2 cups (6-ounce package) dried fruit bits
1 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
 
1. Place butter in 4-quart microwave-safe bowl.
2. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until melted; stir in sugar, cocoa and cinnamon. Add cereals and cashews; stir until evenly coated.
3. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes, stirring each minute; stir in dried fruit.
4. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes, stirring each minute.
5. Cool completely; stir in chocolate chips. Store in tightly covered container in cool, dry place.
Makes about 11 cups mix
Recipe courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens

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WHITE CHOCOLATE SNACK MIX Version #1 

1 (10 ounce) package mini twist pretzels
5 cups Cheerios®
5 cups Chex or Golden Grahams
2 cups salted peanuts
1 (14 ounce) package candy-coated milk chocolate pieces
2 (11 ounce) packages white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1. Line 3 baking sheets with waxed paper or parchment. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine mini pretzels, toasted oat cereal, crispy corn cereal squares, salted peanuts, and candy-coated chocolate pieces. Set aside.
3. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chips and oil on medium-high for 2 minutes, stirring once. Microwave on high for 10 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well.
4. Spread onto prepared baking sheets. Cool; break apart. Store in an airtight container

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WHITE CHOCOLATE PARTY MIX (Similar to the above)

1 - 10 oz package miniature pretzels 
5 cups Cheerios
5 cups corn Chex
2 cups salted peanuts
1 lb pkg M&Ms (If it's a holiday such as Christmas--use read and green!)
2 - 12 oz pkgs. vanilla chips or 24 oz. almond bark
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Place the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
Microwave the chips/almond bark and the vegetable oil until melted.
Stir the mixture until creamy and smooth. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
Spread on wax paper covered counter. Cool and break apart.
Store in a sealed container.

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CHEX VANILLA CHUNKS
Snack mix with chocolate, peanuts, marshmallows and pretzels.
Start to Finish:50 min.
Makes: 16 cups snack

Ingredients:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz),
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cerea,
2 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts,
2 cups small pretzel twists, 2 cups miniature marshmallows,
1 package (20 oz) vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)

1. Place chocolate chips in freezer to chill. In large bowl, mix cereals, peanuts, pretzels and marshmallows; set aside.
 
2. In large microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds; stir, breaking up large chunks. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until coating can be stirred smooth.
 
3. Gently and quickly fold cereal mixture into coating with rubber spatula, stirring gently until evenly coated.

Stir in chilled chocolate chips. Spread on waxed paper; cool completely, about 30 minutes. Break into chunks. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Betty Crocker Recipe

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'CANDY BAR' SNACK
4 cups toasted oat cereal
1 (6 1/2 ounce) can salted peanuts
1 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 (6 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

1. Mix cereal, peanuts and raisins in bowl.
2. Melt butter in saucepan over low heat or microwave.
3. Pour  melted butter over cereal mixture and toss lightly until coated thoroughly.
4. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the mixture and toss again.

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POPCORN 'SNACK MIX'

This snack mix relies on lightly sweetened popcorn to give it just the right flavor. Some prefer "Mallow Magic" popcorn from Jolly time. The "Caramel" flavor variety from Act II is also yummy-Or just use your favorite kettle corn.
To make this mix you'll need:
Popped "Mallow Magic" popcorn that is cooled--
Raisins
Dried sweetened cranberries
Small twist pretzels (hard type)
Multi-colored goldfish crackers

For a good sized group take 3 bags of popcorn, plus 1 bag of goldfish, 2 cups of pretzels, plus 1/2 cup each of raisins and dried cranberries. However you can make it -- in whatever proportion you like.
Optional: Add  some M&Ms.
Note: the "Mallow Magic" comes with packets of icing to put over the top; it's not necessary.

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CARAMEL AND PEANUT PARTY SNACK MIX
Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
8 cups rice or corn Chex, or Crispix cereal
2 cups peanuts

1. Combine margarine, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil.
2. Microwave for several minutes longer, stiring several times, so  mixture will have boiled for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Stir in the baking soda.
4. Add the cereal and peanuts; mix well. Spread on a greased baking sheet to cool, stirring several times.

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CLASSIC 'MUDDY BUDDIES'...with variation of PUPPY CHOW & REINDEER CHOW ...

 

MUDDIE BUDDIES

9 cups Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, or Chocolate Chex, cereal (or combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.
3. Stir in vanilla.
4. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag or large paper bag.
3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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PUPPY CHOW (This is the one KidActivities has made several times. Kids and adults LOVE it!)

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
12 ounces chocolate chips
1 large box Crispix
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
 
1. Melt peanut butter, margarine and chocolate chips.
2. Pour mixture over large box Crispix; coat well.
3. In a paper bag or very, very large bowl) put 2 1/2 cups confectioner sugar.
4. Add coated cereal. Shake/fold well and pour onto wax paper. You will find that the cereal ablsorbs the mixture and even tastes better the next day!

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WHITE CHOCOLATE CHOW

1. Place cereal in very large bowl.
2. In small microwavable bowl, melt vanilla chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute (or until melted and smooth) It's important to keep watching as not to overcook mixture.
3. Pour peanut butter/white chocolate/butter mixture over cereal, folding gently until evenly coated. 
4. Add M&M candy
5. If bowl is large enough, add powdered sugar and gently fold it into the cereal mixture.  If bowl is not large enough, place cereal in a paper bag with the powdered sugar and gently shake until cereal is covered. Add extra Mini-M&M's on top...

 NOTE: It's actually better the second day. I find the cereal absorbs the mixture as it sits. (Image by KidActivities.net)

INGREDIENTS for the above WHITE CHOCOLATE CHOW... 5 cups Chex® cereal, 1/2 cup white vanilla baking chips plus 3 Tablespoons chips, 1/3 cup peanut butter, 2 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine, 1/3 cup powdered sugar plus 3 Tablespoons, 1/2 cup miniature M&Ms--with another handful thrown in on top when complete for extra yumms!  (Recipe can be doubled--these directions show the amount in the image)

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OTHER CHOWS...

REINDEER CHOW and CANDY CANE REINDEER FEED is below in Seasonal Recipes...

LOVE CHOW with photo  (It's similar to the above 'All Year-round chow') is also below in Seasonal Recipes...

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GRANOLA

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup seedless raisins

1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 X 1-inch jelly roll pan with foil. Set aside.
2. Blend oil and honey in a large bowl. Add oats, wheat germ, and almonds and mix well to coat.
3. Spread mixture evenly in pan and bake uncovered, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 25 minutes.
4. Remove from oven, stir in raisins, and cool to room temperature. 5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Makes 4 1/2 cups.
Note: Add or substitute almost anything in the dried fruit, nut, and/or seed department such as coarsely chopped dried apples, apricots, or pears, toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds, toasted chopped pecans or cashews.

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TACO MUNCH
This delicious snack can be addictive!
Ingredients:
6 cups popped, unsalted popcorn
3 cups toasted corn cereal squares
1 cup mini-pretzels
2 tbsp. butter, melted
2 to 3 tsp. dry taco seasoning
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
4 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
 

  • Combine popcorn, cereal and pretzels in a large bowl.
  • Combine butter and taco seasoning and drizzle this over popcorn mixture.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and toss to coat. Store in an airtight container. Toss with cheddar cheese just before serving. Makes 10 servings. Source:Familyfun.com 

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BIRD SEED for a crowd...
The only trick to this recipe is finding a big enough container in which to mix the treats. Most of these ingredients are available in a variety of weights and sizes. Don't worry if you can't find the exact amount given.

1 (16 ounce) jar dry-roasted peanuts
1 (14 to 16 ounce) bag plain M&M's
1 (14 to 16 ounce) bag peanut M&M's
1 (12 ounce) jar dry-roasted cashew nuts
1 (10 to 11.5 ounce) jar mixed nuts
1 (15 ounce) box raisins
1 (14 to 15 ounce) bag pretzel sticks
1 (10 to 12 ounce) package sesame sticks
1 (8 ounce) bag yogurt-covered raisins
8 ounces yogurt-covered peanuts

In a very large container, mix all of the ingredients together, tossing gently. Store in airtight containers, gift tins, or zip-top bags at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
Makes 26 cups (6 1/2 quarts).

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PIDGEON POOP SNACK

(Yes, it does look like pidgeon poop!)
4 cups peanut butter crunch cereal
3 cups rice krispies
2 cups pretzel sticks broken in 1/2
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 bags white chocolate chips
Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl and melt white chocolate chips in microwave and cover and mix, then lay on wax paper until cooled. Break into pieces.

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SEASONAL AND HOLIDAY SNACK MIXES

MIXES FOR AUTUMN...

#1 'HARVEST TIME' MIX (Great for Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving)

Mix together:
5 cups of Chocolate or Caramel Chex Cereal
1 bag Brachs Autumn Mix (or a mixture of candy corn and Pumpkin candies)
2 cups of lightly salted peanuts

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#2 HARVEST SNACK MIX

Ingredients
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 cup mixed nuts
1/2 cup sunflower kernels
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
8 cups popped popcorn
1 cup candy corn
1 cup chocolate bridge mix

1. In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, nuts and sunflower kernels.
2. Combine the butter, cinnamon and cloves.
3. Drizzle a third of butter mixture over pretzel mixture; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 300° for 15 minutes.
4. Place popcorn in a large bowl; drizzle with remaining butter mixture and toss to coat.
5. Stir into pretzel mixture. Bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Cool; transfer to a large bowl.
6. Add candy corn and bridge mix; toss to combine.
Makes 3 quarts.

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#3... An easy way to provide AUTUMN/THANKSGIVING PARTY FOOD for kids (or adults) is to create a huge bowl full of snack mix. Start with a box or two of your favorite snack cereal Add candy corn, raisins, small marshmallows, small pretzels, chocolate chips and other treats to the mix.

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#4 WITCHS' GORP
3 cups eyes of Newts (peanuts)
2 cups tails of dogs (pretzel sticks)
1 cup squishy, slithery parts of frogs (raisins)
2 cups warts of toads (Cheerios)
1/2 cup lizard lips (walnuts)
1 cup dinosaur toenail chips (banana chips)
1 cup teeth of bats (sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup of dandruff from the biggest rats (coconut)
1 cup chocolate cover iguana hearts (chocolate chips)
Measure and combine all of the ingredients in the order listed above. Mix well with mixing spoon.
Source: Cooks.com
This is a good one for your newsletter...really cute!

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#5...AUTUMN OR THANKSGIVING  PARTY MIX

Ingredients:
1 6-oz bag original flavor Chex Party Mix
2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup candy corn
1/2 cup whole salted almonds
1/2 cup chopped dried apples 
In a large bowl, mix one 6-oz bag original flavor Chex Party Mix, 2 cups Wheat Chex cereal, 1 cup candy corn, 1/2 cup whole salted almonds and 1/2 cup chopped dried apples.

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#6... 'AUTUMN PUMPKIN PIE' POPCORN AND RAISIN MIX

1 bag low-fat microwave popcorn
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup California Raisins
1 (5-ounce) package glazed pecans
Butter-flavored non-stick cooking spray
 
1. Microwave popcorn according to package directions and empty into a large bowl. Remove all unpopped kernels.
2. Stir sugar and pumpkin pie spice together in a small bowl.
3. Spray popcorn liberally with cooking spray and toss to coat evenly. Add raisins and pecans.
4. Sprinkle with sugar and spice mixture and toss until popcorn is well coated.
Makes 12 (1-cup) servings.

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#7... THANKSGIVING SNACK MIX 'WITH A MESSAGE' ... This is great to serve as a snack... or to tie up prettily in a baggie with raffia and a note explaining the symbolism of the ingredients!

If you're going to put this out in a bowl for children or guests to munch on---write the symbolic ingredients on a card and place it near the treat for all to see!

Ingredients:
2 cups Bugles corn snacks (horn of plenty)
1 cup candy corn (corn that pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving)
1 cup dried fruit (a sweet harvest)
2 cups pretzels (arms folded in thanks)
1 cup nuts or sunflower seeds (a bountiful harvest)
Recipe makes 8 servings

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WINTER SNACK MIXES....

'CHRISTMAS' SNACK MIX
32 SERVINGS
Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) jar dry roasted peanuts
2 (14 ounce) packages red and green candy-coated chocolate (M&M's)
1 (14 ounce) package chocolate covered peanuts
1 (7 ounce) jar wheat nuts

1. Mix together the peanuts, red and green candy-coated chocolate pieces, red and green candy-coated chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate covered peanuts and wheat germ nut snacks.
2. Serve in a large bowl or place in decorative glass jars and give as gifts

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CANDY CANE REINDEER FEED

6 cups Rice Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal
1 bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes (14 miniature, unwrapped)
 
1. Line cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper. Place cereal in large bowl.

2. In microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips uncovered on high about 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in half the crushed peppermint candy.
3. Pour over cereal; toss to evenly coat. Spread mixture in single layer on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining candy. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Gently break up coated cereal. Store in airtight container.

NOTE: Visit the Candy Cane Category to get tips on the best way to pulverize or 'chunk' candy canes...

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 REINDEER CHOW

 

9 cups of Rice Chex
1/2 package Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Put Hershey's chips into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth.
 
2. While the chips are melting, gently put the Rice Chex into a separate bowl.
 
3. Gently pour the melted chocolate over the Rice Chex. Gently stir the chocolate and Rice Chex together until all the Rice Chex are covered.

4. Put 1/4 of the mixture into a zip lock bag with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and shake gently until Rice Chex are covered with sugar. Pour into a storing dish.

5. Cover the remainder of the Rice Chex with powdered sugar in the same manner.

( I personally like the above 'Puppy Chow 'and 'Muddy Buddy' mixes a little better...you could also make either of those--and call it Reindeer Chow! Barb)

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REINDEER SNACK MIX (Make it another time of year-and call it anything you want!)
Ingredients
2 cups Bugles
2 cups square-shaped cheese flavored crackers
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 cup Corn Chex cereal
1 cup bite-size shredded wheat
1 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl,combine the butter, syrup, Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasoning and cayenne; pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat.
2.Transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

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 VALENTINE LOVE CHOW -- Nice for V-Day--but switch the colors of candy and make it any time of the year!

(Recipe can be doubled--these directions show the amount in the image)

5 cups Chex® cereal
1/2 cup white vanilla baking chips plus 3 Tablespoons chips
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup powdered sugar plus 3 Tablespoons
1/2 cup red, white and pink candy-coated chocolate candies (M&Ms)
Optional: 2 Tablespoons red or pink jimmies sprinkles (KidActivities did not use jimmies but added some candy corn in the colors of red/white/pink

1. Place cereal in large bowl.
2. In small microwavable bowl, melt vanilla chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute (or until melted and smooth) It's important to keep watching as not to overcook mixture.
3. Pour peanut butter/white chocolate/butter mixture over cereal, folding  gently until evenly coated. 
4. Add M&M candy--and 'optional' red/white/pink candy corn.
5. If bowl is large enough, add powdered sugar and gently fold it into the cereal mixture.  If bowl is not large enough, place cereal in a paper bag with the powdered sugar and gently shake until cereal is covered.
6. Add optional sprinkles at this time. Place mixture on waxed paper or foil; cool and set about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.

NOTE: When first made-- the mixture tasted very sweet. It was actually better the second day. (I find the cereal absorbs the mixture as it sits.) Both children and adults said 'yumm' to this goodie! We’ll be making it again next year!

Additionally, the cereal seemed a bit dry when KA first added the white chocolate, peanut butter, and butter mixture to the cereal.... I then mixed and micro-waved more ingredients to add to the cereal. (Hence the added Tablespoons to list) This made the "Love Version' more like the well known 'Chocolate Puppy Chow' we all love. (Image by KidActivities.net; recipe adapted from Betty Crocker)

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WARM WEATHER...

OCEAN THEMED SNACK MIX (From Ocean Theme)

As written above in general snack mix tips for children...when serving a group of kids that all like something different...put out several ingredients. For our Ocean Snack mix choose from...

• Goldfish crackers, plain or cheese (Fish)
• Cheerios and/or Froot Loops (Life Savers/Life Rings)
• Pretzel sticks (Pieces of drift wood)
• Raisins, Yogurt covered raisins and/or chocolate chips (Small stones and pebbles)
• M&M's (Colorful beach glass and stones)
• Mini marshmallows (Foam of the waves)
• Chow Mein noodles (Sea Weed)

 

1. Either pre-make mix or put the variety  of ingredients out in bowls. For some added fun--make small signs with the name of the "Ocean Themed" ingredient and place in from of each food choice. Draw or cut out pictures for children who can't read! 
2. After children wash their hands--give them each a baggie. (To keep track of whose is whose - have them write their name on it) The ingredients will then go into each child's baggie with their choice of mixes.

 

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TWO UNIQUE WAYS TO SERVE PARTY SNACKS...

#1 SNACK TUBES
Put small amounts of trail mix, cereal, pretzels, etc. in plastic sandwich bags and insert them in cardboard toilet paper tubes. Then wrap tube in a piece of tissue paper and tie the ends with yarn or ribbon.
Nice way to serve snack at a “party”…Give snack tubes to the children at snack time...

 
#2 GIFT WRAPPED SNACKS for a festive party touch...
In a large bowl, mix together such foods as dry cereal pieces, sunflower seeds, m&m’s, raisins, nuts, and mini marshmallows. For each child put a serving of the snack mix in the center of a party napkin. Bring the sides of the napkin together and tie with ribbon.

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