Christmas and Homemade Holiday Gift Idea-Honey-Glazed Snack Mix
December 17, 2008
One of my friends, Kathy, told me she absolutely loves my homemade sweet treat gift ideas on my daily food blog, but requested a recipe for a salty snack idea for families with children. Since she is such an incredible supporter of my blog, I wanted to give her the perfect recipe. I decided to share this really awesome recipe that I developed for a new Christmas cookbook coming out in 2009. As a Recipe Developer, sometimes I have to test a recipe several times to get it just right. This snack mix is an example of all of those tests. It has just the right combination of salty and sweet ingredients. Feel free to eliminate the gummy bears, use peanut M & M’s, eliminate the gingerbread men, or tweak it however you want. It’s fabulous just the way it is, and beware, once you start eating it, you can’t stop (whether you are a kid or an adult).
Honey-Glazed Snack Mix
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
14 mini gingerbread men cookies (I used Pepperidge Farm)
3 cups honey nut Chex mix
3 cups chocolate chex
2 cups pretzel goldfish
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (13-ounce) package gummy bears
1 (14-ounce) package plain M & M’s
Small party bags, ribbon
1. Combine gingerbread men, chex mix and goldfish in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
2. Heat butter, corn syrup, honey and vanilla in a small saucepan over low heat until melted, stirring well. Pour over chex mixture.
3. Place mixture on a lightly greased 15-x 10-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 325°F for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Remove pan and place on wax paper; let cool 10 minutes. Add gummy bears and m & ms, mixing well. Divide evenly into party bags and tie with ribbon.