I want to share with you my recipe for Elf Nibbles. 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 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!
- 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 and ½ cups pretzel bites
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons butter (can use a buttery spread, if preferred)
- 1 (12.6 ounce) package candy-coated chocolate pieces
- 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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