This snack mix is sweet and salty and addictive, and makes fantastic gifts for coworkers, teachers, and anyone else to whom you would like to extend a little Christmas cheer!
I want to share with you my recipe for Elf Nibbles. I have used this recipe for years and I get rave reviews every time.
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!
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?!?)
You can also customize the snack mix using other cereals and/or snack foods…whatever you like! Prefer peanuts to cashews? Have at it! Prefer cracker bites to pretzel bites??? Give it a go! It is hard to go wrong with this one!
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!
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Elf NibblesPrint Recipe
- 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
- 2 1/2 cups pretzel bites
- 1/3 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.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the maple syrup and butter and bring to a boil.
- 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!
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