Elf Nibbles Christmas snack mix is festive, fun, sweet, salty, and addictive. So simple to make and easily customizable to any holiday!
👩🏻🍳 Why You'll Love This Christmas Snack Mix
If you're searching for Christmas snack ideas, look no further than this delicious Christmas snack mix! This delicious and simple snack is super addictive and great for parties or for homemade gifts for the holidays.
And it is so easy to make! The trick is to make sure you use pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup). It really makes a difference in the taste. And you can use any color candy-coated chocolates to tailor the recipe for other holidays!
There are so many yummy things to make during the holiday season! While I am waiting for the Elf Nibbles to bake, I like to relax with a hot chocolate recipe especially for grown-ups, Spiked Butterscotch Hot Chocolate. It is really easy to make and so decadent!
Another family favorite, which is also great for edible gift-giving, is my Vanilla Wafer Holiday Bark. It's a fun and tasty twist on your typical bark recipe!
🥘 Ingredients Needed
- cashews - adds some crunch and nutty flavor.
- crispy corn puff cereal - light and crunchy!
- honey nut toasted oat cereal o's - a little bit of extra sweetness, and the nutty flavor goes great with the cashews.
- lightly sweetened whole grain oat cereal squares - helps to switch up some of the shapes and give extra visual appeal.
- pretzel bites - for some extra saltiness.
- pure maple syrup - coats your Christmas snack mix in a layer of sweetness!
- butter - balances out the sweetness and helps the syrup stick to all of the cereal pieces.
- candy-coated chocolate pieces - provides some delicious chocolate-y flavor that pairs so well with all of the other components.
- Mix together the cashews, corn puff, oat, and honey nut cereals, and pretzel bites.
- Combine the maple syrup and butter in a small saucepan over medium. Allow to come to a boil.
- Pour the syrup mixture over the cereal, then mix to coat evenly.
- Spread the mixture over a baking sheet (you can line it with foil for easier cleanup). Bake for 20 minutes. Once out of the oven, stir to break up large chunks. Bake for another 10 minutes.
- Allow the mix to cool, then stir in the chocolate candies.
- Enjoy! Serve at parties or use for gifting!
If you're looking for good Christmas snack ideas, my Elf Nibbles recipe is definitely a good place to start. A themed Christmas trail fix is so cute and festive, and it's so easily customizable! Some other good finger foods for Christmas could be truffles or other chocolates, cake pops, or little candied fruits.
A homemade snack mix is always a hit at a Christmas party, whether it be for a big family or for your coworkers at the office!
While cookies are a classic homemade baked good that works perfectly as a gift, this Christmas trail mix has a bit more novelty and uniqueness to it!
- If you don't like cashews or just want extra nuttiness, you could substitute or add peanuts to the mix!
- All of the cereals are also completely customizable; if you have types of plain cereal you prefer (or even sweeter cereal) you can absolutely add them or replace the ones suggested!
- This can be adapted to almost any holiday. Blue and white for Hannukah, red for Valentine's Day, pastels for Easter...you get the idea! (Of course, I guess if you use them for other holidays, you would need to rename them. Bunny Nibbles, anyone?!?)
- If you prefer, you could use something like miniature crackers in place of the pretzel bites.
As far as Christmas snack ideas go, this recipe is perfect for gifting, especially for a teacher, coworker, or gift exchange!
🎄 Other Festive Sweets
If you're looking for more Christmas snack ideas or craving more treats for the holidays, check out some of these recipes! This delicious Chocolate Orange Cake is a sweet and citrus-y cake that tastes good all year long, but this combo is so good for remembering the warm months in the winter!
🍿 Additional Snack Recipes
Here are a few more snack ideas for you!
Elf Nibbles - Christmas Snack Ideas
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📋 Recipe Card
- 1 cup cashews (can be whole or halves/pieces)
- 1 cup crispy corn puff cereal
- 1 cup honey nut toasted oat cereal o's
- 1 cup lightly sweetened whole grain oat cereal squares (like Life cereal)
- 2 ½ cups pretzel bites
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons butter (can use a buttery spread, if preferred)
- 12.6 ounces candy-coated chocolate pieces (1 package)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, combine the cashews, corn puff cereal, honey nut cereal, oat cereal squares and pretzel bites.1 cup cashews, 1 cup crispy corn puff cereal, 1 cup honey nut toasted oat cereal o's, 1 cup lightly sweetened whole grain oat cereal squares, 2 ½ cups pretzel bites
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the maple syrup and butter and bring to a boil.⅓ cup pure maple syrup, 3 tablespoons butter
- Pour maple syrup/butter mixture over the cereal mixture, and toss to coat.
- Spread the snack mix on 2 baking sheets (lined with non-stick aluminum foil, if you like, for easy cleanup).
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and stir the mixture, gently breaking up any large chunks.
- Bake for another 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Once the mix is cooled, add the candy-coated chocolate pieces and enjoy!12.6 ounces candy-coated chocolate pieces
- Substitute peanuts if you don't like cashews, or use both for more nutty crunch.
- Swap out cereals as you please. Because this recipe is already sweet it's best to stick to plain cereals, but you could also experiment with sweeter ones.
- This recipe is great for any holiday or event. Just change up the color of your chocolate candies and it changes the recipe completely.
- Use cracker bites or something similar if you prefer them to pretzels.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.
Update Notes: This post was originally published in December 2013, but was republished with tips, step by step photos, and a recipe change in November 2020.
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