Friday, December 16, 2011

Recipe: Santa's Hat Mix

A couple of weeks ago, I was researching completely wasting time on Pinterest, and came across a pin for Santa Hat Pretzels.  They are super cute and thought it would be a great treat to make up for our teachers.  I thought it would be even better if I added them into a snack mix.  I was right, not only are the pretzels easy to make and tasty by themselves, but adding them to a mix makes them even better. 

I did make a slight change to the recipe.  The first couple of pretzels I dipped just didn't look right.  So I dipped them twice.  The first time I allowed the chocolate to set.  After the second dip into the chocolate, I immediately dipped each pretzel into the sanding sugar. As for the mix, you can add whatever you like.  I think red and green candies would be nice...maybe some craisins...whatever rings your jingle bell!  Always add any candies after the mix has been coated in chocolate.  I made two batches of the snack mix because I wanted a good pretzel to snack mix ratio.


Santa's Hat Mix
(slightly adapted pretzel recipe by Free-n-Fun Christmas)
(original mix recipe by Wende Rickett/The Rickett Chronicles)

Santa Hat Pretzels
mini pretzel twists
white chocolate almond bark
red sanding sugar
mini marshmallows

Melt bark according to package directions.  Dip each pretzel halfway in the chocolate and lay on waxed lined baking sheet.  Place baking sheet in refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to allow chocolate to set.  Remove baking sheet from refrigerator.  Dip each pretzel, one at a time, again in the bark and then immediately into the red sanding sugar allowing a little of the white chocolate to show.  Place back on the tray.  Once you have finished dipping each pretzel, place the baking sheet back into refrigerator for another 10 to 15 minutes.  While the baking sheet is in the refrigerator, cut each mini marshmallows in half.  Remove tray from refrigerator.  Using the chocolate as "glue," dip a marshmallow into the bark and then place on pretzel.  Allow the chocolate to set before adding to the mix.

Santa's Hat Mix
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 to 1 1/2 cups roasted peanuts
3/4 to 1 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 to 1/2 cup red hot cinnamon candies
2 tbsp red sanding sugar
Santa Hat pretzels
7 ounces (half bag) candy coating

Melt half of the candy coating according to package directions.  I microwaved the candy coating in a glass bowl for one minutes and let it sit inside the microwave for another minute.  Add sanding sugar to candy coating, and stir until smooth.  On a wax lined baking sheet, add cereal, peanuts and marshmallows. Drizzle candy coating onto cereal mix.  Put the cereal mix in a large bowl and gently stir until everything is coated.  Spread the mix back onto the lined baking sheet and spread out.  Allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.  Once dry, break apart the clumps and add to a serving bowl.  Add pretzels and cinnamon candies and gently mix with your hands.

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  1. Pinterest is productive. Let's look at it as research. ;) These are adorable!

  2. Looks really great. Yummy. 1 I am your new follower. You can visit me at Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

    Have a great weekend

  3. This is so cute and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! I'm following you now and would love for you to link up to our party going on now!

  4. these are so cute never would have thought of this thanks for sharing come see me at

  5. Super cute sweet treat. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time. Merry Christmas.

  6. Blog hopping from Tasty Tuesdays...I found these on pinterest too and have been wanting to try it out! Looks super easy :)

  7. Hi Wende,
    These are awesome little treats and just adorable. I would love this little bag of goodies! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen