Y’all ready for the big day? Ready or not, here it comes! I think we’re about as ready as we’re going to be here. I’ve just about made all the goodies I can and happily given most of them away. What you see in the picture above here is some Cookies and Cream Chex Snack Mix I made and some cute Santa Hats made with Bugles. Are you familiar with Bugles?
You know, those crispy corn snacks that look like, well, bugles.
Dip them in red candy melts with a marshmallow on top and some white candy sprinkles around the rim and you have a Santa Hat! Bummer that I didn’t really take any more photos than the one at the top there and almost forgot that one. (*Note, after dipping them in the red melts individually, tap the extra coating off and set them on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Let dry (or chill for a few minutes). Then dip the tip of the “hat” in a little bit of the red candy melt and push a mini marshmallow into the top. Let the tops dry before dipping the bottom into the red and then dunking each into some tiny white sprinkles. I also think (if you can’t find the white sprinkles), use some white candy melts to dip them in and that would be fine. Lay them on a baking sheet to set.)
I saw the cute idea on Studio 5, a local noonday news show that is always full of lots of crafty and foodie ideas. You can see the short video here of the gal who talked about them, as well as some other cute, simple ideas for some holiday treats you can make and/or easily include kids helping with making for some fun activities.
And the Chex Mix Muddy Buddies, also known to some as Puppy Chow—there are now many flavors/recipes of that addicting stuff available. Well, I also happened to notice at the grocery store a limited edition Chex Mix Cookies & Cream. A small bag of it was $2.50, which I thought was a little pricy. So I actually bought a bag of it and took it home and cloned it, which isn’t really all that difficult to do.
I wasn’t quite exactly right on with the Chex Mix in the bag, but I actually liked mine a little better. I made a big old batch of it and bagged it up with those little Bugles Santa Hats and gave the ladies at church a little Christmas treat last Sunday.
Cookies and Cream Chex Snack Mix, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
9 cups of Corn Chex Cereal
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 Oreo Cookies, ground into crumbs
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Have the cereal ready in a large bowl. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter together until smooth. Melt in 30 second increments, stirring each time. Stir in the vanilla. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle in the cookie crumbs and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle in the powdered sugar a little at a time, coating the top cereal, then stirring, adding more, and stirring gently until it is all coated in powdered sugar.
Spread the snack mix on a baking sheet and let it cool completely. Try not to eat too much all at once! ;)