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 Santa Hat Party Mix is one of those recipes that ALWAYS gets oohs and ahhs when you bring it out for guests or give as gifts. 

Yes it does take a little extra effort to make those sweet little Santa Hats, but it’s the holidays! It’s not rocket science here…you dip Bugles into red melting candy and then dip the bottom in white sprinkles, and place a mini marshmallow on top! They turn out SUPER cute, don’t you agree?

 

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The snack mix itself is VERY easy…I’ve made a video and have lots of step by step pictures to show you how it’s done!

 
 
I found these yummy Bugles at the store.  They’re called Caramel Bugles and they boast the sweet and salty.
 
You could certainly use the regular Bugles, too, but 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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November 19, 2019 1:56 am

Come with us, the choice could not help but make you satisfied. trust me. Because everything works strangely accurate.

December 13, 2016 10:44 am

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

Jeannie
November 28, 2016 10:25 am

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

December 19, 2014 9:18 am

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.

December 8, 2014 10:58 am

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

November 28, 2014 5:57 am

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

Paula
November 23, 2014 4:39 pm

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

November 11, 2014 10:18 am

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

Syl
December 22, 2013 11:22 pm

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
December 14, 2013 3:35 am

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

June 19, 2013 4:49 am

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
December 26, 2012 8:07 pm

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
December 25, 2012 10:51 pm

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

Karen
December 23, 2012 2:11 am

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
December 19, 2012 11:49 pm

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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