santa’s christmas eve snack mix for the long ride home

We are in the throes of Christmas planning and are preparing for at least some of the gang who will be here. Lots of fun in the works including making more model rockets with more grandchildren with a big launch  planned for New Year’s Day. Will and Clay have been working on a 7 foot tall model rocket…think we need to call the airport before we send it into space? And Joe and Clayton have another “family game” in the works, which reminded us we need to pull out Mollie’s infamous “Dadopoly” from a few years ago. We have been enjoying Christmas movies while I crochet vintage 1970’s ponchos for the little girls and stitching names on stockings for the latest grandbabies.

I have lots of fun Christmas treats I am working on , too,  and will share recipes as they come out of the oven. Here is a favorite from last year we will be making again by the gallon:


Santa’s Christmas Eve Snack Mix for the Long Ride Home

3 cups mini pretzels

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

2 cups Rice Chex

2 cups Caramel Bugles

8 oz. white chocolate bark

2 cups red and green M & M’s

In large bowl (we use a stock pot for multiple batches), mix first four ingredients. Melt bark and pour over mixture until all is covered.  Spread out on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and allow to cool.  Break apart and place in clean bowl, tossing in M & M’s with it.  Store in airtight containers. (I just found lots of cute tins at Hobby Lobby on sale and will put the mix in plastic bags and then transfer to the tins for gift giving. WARNING: the Caramel Bugles are addictive, I am serious.




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  1. says

    Oh goodness, I browsed too quickly and my brain read, ‘Satan’s’ Christmas Eve Snack Mix…every time it was printed. I was TOO confused…and appalled. Whew…was beginning to think that there must be a poison ingredient involved!

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