Friday, December 16, 2011

Party Mix

Helllooo!! We are getting so close to Christmas, hooray! I don't know about you guys, but my Christmas calendar is full to the max. There are so many things I have to do!! I also have like five Christmas parties to go to..Holy cow. It's only polite that you bring a dish to each party you go to, so after pondering forever about what I would bring, I came up with party mix! Ta-da! Not the most creative idea in the world, but who cares?! Everyone loves party mix! Plus, everyone always brings some kind of dessert. Don't get me wrong, I love pretty much any kind of dessert, but I don't like to induldge in so many sweets that I feel like I'm going to puke the rest of the night. I thought I'd try out all of these party mixes (different one for each party) and figure out what the best one is. I want you to try them too, and tell me which one you like! Clink on the links under the pictures to see where they came from! Get cookin' ladies!
Festive Party Mix
The Curvy Carrot

Festive Party Mix
Servings: about 10 cups of mix
1 cup Cheerios
2 cups small cheese crackers
1/2 pound mixed nuts
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1 cup Kix
1 cup rice Chex
2 cups thin pretzels
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
12 teaspoon garlic salt
1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  ***I use a huge stainless steel bowl that I bought at a restaurant supply store-you can bake the mix right in it!
3. Mix melted butter and seasonings together in a separate small bowl.
4.  Pour the melted butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.
5. Bake the mix for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to evenly combine.
That’s it!  It’s simple, delicious, and completely addicting!

Red Hot Popcorn Party Mix
The Yummy Life

-White chocolate chips
-Honey roasted peanuts
-Hot Tamales chewy cinnamon candies
-Red Hot candies
-Coarse sea salt
-Red & white decorating sprinkles
-Canola oil

1. Spread 8 cups of popped corn on a large baking sheet (mine is 13x18).

2. Sprinkle the popcorn with approx. half of the Hot Tamales, Red Hots, and peanuts.

3. Add oil to white chips. (Adding a small amount of canola or vegetable oil, gives the melted chocolate a smoother, glazy texture and appearance.) 

4. Combine white chips with oil in small bowl and melt in microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring each time, and continuing to cook just until chips completely melt in when stirred (approx. 60 seconds total). 

5. Use a spoon to drizzle approx. half of melted chips on top of popcorn mix. This adds flavor, but also works as "glue" to bind the popcorn and candy. Drizzling in layers helps it all stick together.

6. Sprinkle on remaining candy & peanuts, along with the salt.

7. Drizzle on remaining melted chips and immediately (before it hardens) sprinkle with decorating sugar and sprinkles.

8. Let the mix harden completely and break it into pieces. You can speed up the hardening in the refrigerator, if you're in a hurry.

It's kind of like a popcorn candy bark. You can drizzle on more of the melted chips if you prefer it to be even more candy-like. Put it in a cupcake liner for a cute effect! 

Mom's Sweet Christmas Chex

1 (14oz) box corn Chex cereal
1 (12oz) box graham cracker cereal (like Golden Grahams)
2c coarsely grated coconut (I prefer unsweetened)
1 generous cup slivered almonds
2c sugar
2c corn syrup
1c butter
1 tsp almond extract
In one or two of your largest bowls, combine cereals, coconut, and almonds. Make sure you’ll have plenty of room to toss the cereal mixture with the warm sugar syrup mixture.
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in almond extract and pour over cereal mixture. Toss to coat well.

Chex®icago Party Mix


  • 3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal
  • 2 cups bite-size square cheese crackers
  • 3 cups cheese popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar or molasses
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Mix cereals, 1 cup of the cheese crackers and 2 cups of the popcorn in large, microwavable bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt in 2-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave on High 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir; microwave on High until bubbling. Remove from microwave; stir in baking soda. Mixture will foam up, but keep mixing until baking soda is dissolved. Pour over the cereal mixture; stir until fully coated.
  3. Microwave on High 4 to 5 minutes, stirring after every minute. Spread on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Let cool for about 5 minutes to let caramel fully harden. Stir in remaining 1 cup cheese crackers and 1 cup popcorn.

Puppy Chow

  • 9 cups Combination of Corn, Rice, and Wheat Cereal squares (Chex) 
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1-gallon ziplock bags
  1. Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave on High for 1 minute and stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer and stir mixture until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour sauce over cereal and stir until evenly coated. Spoon half of the mixture in each 1-gallon resealable ziplock bag. Add 3/4 cup powdered sugar to each bag, and seal. Shake the bag until everything is coated. Spread on waxed/parchment paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.



  1. wooowww I want red hot popcorn !!! great ideas!!
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  4. YUM. Can we make some of these when we bake? That'd be fun and Jodi would probably approve.

  5. I love stuff like this! Thanks so much for posting!!

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  6. I wanna say that I love your blog, I normally don't look through DIY blogs, but your's is just awesome! I can't wait to try making the peppermint scrub, and the puppy chow yummy!!