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Monday, June 20, 2011

Sweet Treat Time!

My niece's birthday is at the end of May and the family always gets together over Memorial weekend to celebrate. She's a tween now and has a definite aversion to "little kid stuff." However, like most kids, she can really get her sweet tooth on. A few days before her party, I saw a post for a Party Hat Snack Mix on another blog I follow, cookies and cups. It was so cute, I just had to make it:

While there are lots of ingredients, and a few steps to follow before mixing, this is actually very simple to make. Basically, you make candy covered party hats out of Bugles, candy melts (you can find pretty much any color at your local craft store), non-pareils and gumdrops. The week leading up to the party was a bit on the hot & humid side so I made the hats the night before the party so I wouldn't have to wait for them to dry the next day. I mixed the rest of the mix the morning of the party. Right before I left, I combined the mixture and the hats.

The kids loved it! They thought the hats were the best thing they've ever eaten. This mix is a good balance of salty & sweet --which makes it very attractive to me. On the blog you'll also find instructions on making this for Christmas -- which I plan to do for my annual Christmas party this year. I also have plans on making witch hats for Halloween and making up baggies of the mix for a classroom Halloween party.

This mix is very forgiving and I'm sure you could add or subtract almost anything and it would be terrific. For instance, the next time I make this I think I'll double the peanuts and omit the popcorn. Maybe it's because it was warm that day, but the popcorn went a bit stale on us and we ended up picking around it. I would also like to try this recipe with the small, square pretzels. I'm thinking that would give a higher pretzel to chocolate ratio. Mmmmm...more chocolate on pretzels. Of course, when I make this for a classroom party I will leave the nuts out completely. I am confident the mix will be just as good.

You can find a link to the party mix post and recipe here along with some really terrific photos that serve to remind me to stop taking pics with my phone and to start using a real camera.

While you're there, check out the rest of the site for some really cute ideas and lovely photography.

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