Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snowman Hat Snack

Mini snowman hats

Ever since I caught a glimpse of this adorable Santa Party Mix(I LOVE cookies and cups!), I wanted to make my own.  I even tracked down the caramel Bugles(actually my daughter found them for me). Though I have never purchased a bag of Bugles in my life, I needed to make these Santa hats!
Trouble is, I am a procrastinator(which I'm sure you know by now), and my "to bake/make" list is way too long!  I am a bit overwhelmed by all the cute and clever things I have found in the blogging world, and  I love cute food:) So, I never got around to the little Santa hats:(  As consolation, I told myself that I would make them next year, but then I had an idea...
I had been seeing adorable snowman cupcakes, here at Kristan's always funny and fabulous blog, and here
at Cheryl's fantastic blog (a favorite!), when it struck me that I could make snowman hats instead of Santa hats:) Christmas is over, but winter is still here!
Tiny snowman hats!  I used everything that I already had on hand to make this mix.  I even used up most of my leftover Christmas candy. Perfect!  It was so fun to see these teeny hats come together.  I was going to leave them plain, but decided to add a little flourish with the holly berries(at least that's what they are supposed to be). If you are so inclined, you can make just the hats, put them in a cellophane bag tied with a cute ribbon and you're good to go.  What a cute little winter treat or party favor for this time of year.
  They may not stand out as much as the red Santa hats, but they are pretty cute. This photo doesn't really feature them too well.
Tucked into the snack mix in the jar, the snowman hats add a little extra specialness to the already delicious mix:) It actually borders on addictive!

Snowman hats
36 mini marshmallows
18 mini oreos (separated so that each cookie makes two hats)
About 8 ounces of chocolate Almond Bark

Melt the chocolate as directed. For each hat: Dip a cookie into the chocolate and try to let the excess drip off.  Set on waxed paper flat side down.  Dip a marshmallow in the chocolate and let the excess drip off.  Place marshmallow on top, center of the cookie. Let dry. Optional:  If desired, use frosting (I used royal icing) to make holly berries. Makes 3 dozen mini snowman hats.

Snowman Snack Mix
3 cups of Cheerios
3 cups of pretzels, broken  (I only had large ones)
4 cups popped popcorn (used Orville Redenbacher's Natural, microwave)
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup Hershey's candy cane kisses, chopped
1 bag (7.06 oz.) Ghiradelli chocolate squares peppermint bark, chopped
12 ounces vanilla Almond bark

Except for the vanilla almond bark, mix everything together in a big bowl. Spread the mix out on a large baking sheet. Melt the vanilla almond bark according to package directions.  Drizzle it over the mix in the baking pan and incorporate well.  Let dry.  Scatter the snowman hats over the mix.  Transfer to large serving bowl.  ENJOY!

This post is linked to Tidy Mom's Lovin it Fridays, and Danielle's linky party "Mostly Made by You". Come have a look and link up too!

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36 comments:

  1. Yay! You're back! I was practically having withdrawls. These are too cute and perfect for the winter snack mix. I just saw these little guys on a Tasty Tuesday and they totally caught my eye. Go figure they were yours :) Your Halloween snack mix is on my blog today, kind of...Hope your trip went well. ~Lil

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  2. awesome! i loved the santa hat mix too--and these are a great idea for a snowy january...at least its snowing here. You know you could do them green and have them be a st patty's day mix :)

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  3. super cute! I love the hats reminds me of frosty! Why is he only on a Christmas, it's snowing everywhere! Except here :) Great mix Sue!

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  4. So adorable just like everything you make. That mix really does look addictingly delicious. I don't think I'd be able to stop at one handful.

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  5. Oh those hats are so darn cute!!! I love them, so creative. And I think they look great in the mix. And no way could I stop at one handful!

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  6. Awww, those are SOO very cute! How special :)

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  7. But what I like, very good!
    Have a good day ;)
    SOnia

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  8. Adorable!! They are so sweet looking.

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  9. I too loved the cookies and cups snack mix, but didn't have time to make it this Christmas. I love your version, so cute!

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  10. The hats are too cute! I've gotta try it sometime.

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  11. These are super cute! I was going to make the Santa hats too but never got around to it. Way too many great things to make and not enough time! But these are great. And with Oreos? Yum!

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  12. Thansk for commenting on my stuffed crescents. Iam hosting my 2nd link party and wouldlove foroyutolinkup - these treats look so yummy!

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  13. oh gosh, these are so adorable and they sound delicious too! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays.
    Alissa

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  14. so invetive, perfect to make for everyone who is caught up in snow.

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  15. Those are the cutest thing! I love the idea of snowman hats and then to toss them into snack mix. I think the kids would think that was almost magical.

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  16. These are so cute! Perfect size for popping into the mouth! :D

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  17. What a great idea. The hats turned out so well and in that snack mix, I am sure they really add a special something.

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  18. I have sooo many recipes on my "to-bake" list too. There's always so many great ones floating around the internet. Now I have this one to add to my lists too. Adorable!

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  19. Genius!! I love the hats and the recipe and the whole shebang! :) Great job!

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  20. What adorable little hats! And January snowman hats are just as good as December Santa hats. Cute idea!

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  22. Love these! I've seen the bigger hat versions on the snowman cupcake you talked about. I LOVE the cute mini version you came up with.

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  23. These are adorable! They really do stand out in the jar.

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  24. Best bowl of snack mix ever! How often do you get to pull out a chocolate covered snowman's hat amongst the cereal and pretzels? What I would give to have that jar in my lap right now!!

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  25. These are the best! I have to make these with the kids. Great idea to have for next Christmas. So happy you procrastinated b/c I'm loving them!

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  26. oh so perfect using the mini's!!

    you know my hubby would LOVE this! it was his favorite part of my cupcakes!!

    Thanks for linking up!!

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  27. I featured your post in the wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-1-16-11/

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  28. Came here from Tidy Mom's link... So cute, I'm going to have to give these a shot!

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  29. Oh, this looks so delicious. Now I am seriously hungry for something chocolate ... and all I have are gummy bears and jelly beans. ARGH!

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  30. These are insanely adorable! What a clever idea!

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  31. Oh my gosh Sue, those are so dang cute!!

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  32. I love you snowman hats can't wait to make them for our Christmas Eve celebration thank you for sharing

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  33. How in the heck did I miss this! LOVE, SUE!

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