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Holiday Trail Mix Recipe - Homemade Gift Idea

Updated on December 20, 2007

This Holiday Trail Mix makes the perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends. It is easy and fast and if you purchase the ingredients on sale, it is very inexpensive to make up a large batch.


17 oz box of Crispix cereal

1 jar salted peanuts

1 small bag holiday shaped pretzels, if you can find them; I couldn't so I just used regular small pretzels

1/3 cup light corn syrup

1 1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup margarine

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 bag of holiday colored M&Ms


In a large bowl mix together the cereal, peanuts and pretzels. In a saucepan (larger than you think you will need) combine the corn syrup, brown sugar and margarine. Bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Stir constantly so that it won't boil over. After 2-3 minutes add the cream of tartar, baking soda and vanilla and boil for a couple of more minutes. Pour over the cereal mix and stir to coat. Bake in a shallow baking pan at 350 for five minutes. Stir and bake for another 3-5 minutes.

Remove from oven and pour out onto waxed paper to cool. As it is cooling break up any clumps that may have formed. Once cooled completely put into festive jars or containers and mix in about 1/2 cup of the M&Ms.

This can be cooked, cooled and in containers in under an hour. If you are pressed for time, need a unique idea for a gift this holiday season, or just need to bring an appetizer to share at a party, this Holiday Trail Mix is it.


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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Jennifer, I found this recipe by linking my latest hub: Russian Tea Cakes to it. Thanks for a yummy treat. I've bookmarked this hub.

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Sounds like just the thing for Boxing day. Relaxing doing nothing

      Greay hub

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      Manoharan 10 years ago from Bangalore - 560097, Karnataka, India

      Love this, thanks for the inspiration

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      aman 10 years ago

      yumm article for festive season.i will try.Gr8 hub.

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      Carisa Gourley 10 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Yum Yum!