Santa Hat Party Mix Recipe

This Santa Hat Party Mix Recipe is exactly what you need for your upcoming Christmas party! Learn to make cute little edible santa hats and a delicious holiday snack mix!
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Christmas Party Mix Recipe

This past weekend my husband and I got together with some friends and had a game night.
Game nights are fun, aren’t they?
Aren’t they?
Well, they are supposed to be fun.
Until…
Men vs. Women.
Apparently as a married adult it gets all kindergarten on game nights.
When you are in elementary school it’s always boys vs. girls.
The sexes seem to come together in the mid teens through your twenties when you are wearing love goggles and you play “couples”.
After you have been married for a while, you squeegee the steam off the goggles and it’s all boys vs. girls again.
It all seems like good fun when the games start.
Then, slowly but surely, the tide starts to turn.
It would be remiss of me not to mention that I was on the losing side of the tide.
Sometimes it happens like that.
It would also be remiss of me not to tell you that this was a rematch.
We have lost before.
Losing is not so much fun.
Especially when you were the ones that called for the rematch.
We just knew that the first loss was a…fluke, if you will.
An isolated incident.
Apparently not.
We lost again…at the rematch.
*hangs head in shame*
There has been fist pumping, high fiving, booyah yelling, boastful texting, congratulatory emailing, and smack talking that we, as women, have been fairly gracious about.
I am waiting for the T-shirts to get printed up.
Ok, I’m a little bitter.
I have surmised that we need to choose another game.
Next week it’s on!
So, if you’re having your own game night or going to some friends…even if you lose, you will be a winner if you bring this fun Party mix!
See, I try to look on the bright side 😉
What makes this mix fun is the addition of the Santa hats.  I mean Bugle Santa Hats?  Why has no one thought of this sooner?
So, let’s start there.

I found these yummy Bugles at the store.  They called Caramel Bugles and they boast the sweet and salty.

You could certainly use the regular Bugles, though.
What I found was so great about the caramel bugles, besides being incredible delicious and addictive was that they are coated in a sweet glaze which makes them a bit thicker and less fragile than regular Bugles…so keep that in mind.
Here’s what you’ll need…
Bugles
Red Melting disks
Mini marshmallows
White sprinkles (I used nonpareils)

How to Make The Best Holiday Snack Mix

Melt the candy melts, along with a tablespoon of shortening (to help thin the melted candy), in 30 second intervals on half power in your microwave until melted.
Immediately start dipping.
 
 Let them set up for 10 minutes or so on parchment or wax paper.
When they are set, remelt the red candy disk (if necessary) and dip just the bottoms (the large part of the Bugle) into the white sprinkles.
Then flip it over and dip the top in the melted candy and press a mini marshmallow on top.
And voila…Bugle Santa Hats!
If you want to use the hats as an addition to a mix here’s an idea for a sweet and salty mix that’s easy and yummy.
Feel free to play around with the additions and make it your own!
3 cups mini pretzels
1/2 cup craisins
1 cup salted dry roasted peanuts
2 cups Rice Chex
2 cups holiday colored M&M’s
8 oz. white chocolate for melting
Spread all your ingredients, EXCEPT M&M’s, out on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
Melt your white chocolate according to package directions and drizzle over the pretzel mix.
Transfer into a large bowl and coat mix with chocolate.
Return to baking sheet to allow to dry.
When chocolate is set, sprinkle M&M’s and Bugle Santa Hats over the mix.
Transfer to big bowl to serve.
Santa Hat Party Mix!
or put in jars to give to your friends…
…or use as a peace offering when your game night doesn’t go as planned 😉
Hope your December is off to a great start!
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Santa Hat Party Mix Recipe

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield Yield: About 9 cups 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

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This Santa Hat Party Mix Recipe is exactly what you need for your upcoming Christmas party! Learn to make cute little edible santa hats and a delicious holiday snack mix!


Ingredients:

Santa Hats

  • Bugles ( I used Caramel Bugles, as they were slightly sturdier)
  • Red Melting disks
  • Mini marshmallows
  • White sprinkles (I used nonpareils)

Snack Mix

  • 3 cups mini pretzels
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1 cup salted dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups holiday colored M&M’s
  • 8 oz. white chocolate for melting
  • Return to baking sheet to allow to dry.
  • When chocolate is set, sprinkle M&M’s and Bugle Santa Hats over the mix.
  • Transfer to big bowl to serve.

Instructions

Santa Hats

  1. Melt the candy melts, along with a tablespoon of shortening (to help thin the melted candy), in 30 second intervals on half power in your microwave until melted.
  2. Immediately start dipping.
  3. Let them set up for 10 minutes or so on parchment or wax paper.
  4. When they are set, remelt the red candy disk (if necessary) and dip just the bottoms (the large part of the Bugle) into the white sprinkles.
  5. Then flip it over and dip the top in the melted candy and press a mini marshmallow on top.
  6. Let dry on wax paper.
  7. Spread all your ingredients, EXCEPT M&M’s, out on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
  8. Melt your white chocolate according to package directions and drizzle over the pretzel mix.
  9. Transfer into a large bowl and coat mix with chocolate.

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Sharon

How far in advance can you make this and it stay fresh?

Jeannie
Jeannie

Made these last year and they were a huge hit… just got the ingredients to do it again. Awesome idea!

Mavis

Made this for holiday gifts for the coworkers. Turned out fabulous. Couldn’t find caramel bugles, so I just used the original ones. Had no problem with them breaking.

Rockinrobin

I LOVE this idea. So creative! Question: Where do you get the mini marshmallows that you used on the bottom of Santa’s hat?

Susan

Hey Shelly, totally love this post! I’m addicted to white chocolate. 🙂 Thank you so much! 🙂

Paula
Paula

How far ahead can you make these? Do the bugles get soggy?

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

oh my gawd, you used Bugles!!!! brilliant!!! making these!! so excited!!

Syl
Syl

My daughter and I made these. I used Merckens red disks and added shortening as directed. It turned the hats an almost pink color. It also meant that I had to put in the fridge to set up. I like the way that it tastes, but next time I will add more cranberries. If I make this again, I will put the hats on some kind of rack so the chocolate drains off instead of pooling under the hat. Giving them tomorrow…expecting lots of oohs and ahhs!

Kim
Kim

I was just wondering exactly what kind of shortening did you use to loosen up the melts?

Brea

If you weren’t already taken i think this comment might very well be a marriage proposal! But seriously this is such a creative idea! I think this would be so easy do variations of. ie white chocolate dyed with black food coloring for an all Hallow’s eve one or blue or green for a gnome hat one. I am def going to try this out. Thanks so much!

JR

THESE ARE THE CUTEST AND TASTIEST CHRISTMAS TREATS EVER!!!
I made these to give away to family as gifts and I couldn’t stop tasting them! OMG!!! I used the regular Bugles and they worked just fine. Thanks so much for sharing!

I also made the crock pot candy (http://cookiesandcups.com/crock-pot-candy/) ….also very yummy and super duper easy to make! Keep up the great ideas!!! =)

Dee
Dee

This is a super cute and clever idea. Thanks for sharing!

Karen
Karen

Just made these, they are so cute! I had a really hard time getting the marshmallows to stick properly, and wondering what your secret was? I ended up having to dab a bit of melted candy on each tip and then sticking the marshmallow on. If I just stuck it on, it fell off. Also, I could have never made these with the microwave melt method. The candy sets up quickly. I had to use a double boiler, and heartily recommend it for those who were experiencing problems with the candy not melting or being too thick. Even in the… Read more »

Ashley
Ashley

I adore snack/trail mix!!!! And just finished making this!!!! So yummy and so cute!!!! My hats didn’t turn out as coated and perfect as yours :-/ maybe next time!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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