Santa Hat Party Mix

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)
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


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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173 Responses
  1. Kristie Maynard

    oh yeah, good ole game night! We have a rematch ever year around Christmas and I'll tell ya, we win as many as we lose.
    That snack mix looks really yummy and those hats are just adorable. I may just have to try making some of those.

  2. Chic Cookies

    Cute. Genius. I had to post on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com immediately.

    And a tale of commiseration: Our former neighbors still speak of the infamous Monopoly Game Night of '05. My husband and I, um, did not present ourselves well.

  3. Chey can cook! (and more)

    The Santa hats were the first thing I noticed – what an idea! Love it! And love game nights – what are your faves to play? We like 9/5 (like pitch), cribbage, Apples to Apples, etc!

    I'll definitely be doing this recipe soon…like this weekend!

  4. Kewl Granny of Six

    I love reading your Blog……it brings a smile to my face on an otherwise dreary Monday. Good luck next week I know you are destined to be a winner. Your Party Mix already is.

  5. Joanne

    It's amazing how the girl/boy interaction dynamics change. I'm in medical school and whenever we go to med school parties, the girls are standing on one side of the room and the boys on the other. And no one is dancing. We're all just kind of bobbing around awkwardly (until the alcohol kicks in, that is. Then all hell breaks loose.) I'm so happy because I have a party to go to on Friday and I can so totally bring this!

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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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