Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Circus Snack Mix & Clown Nose Cookie Pop

This fun, sweet & salty snack mix has been brewing in the recesses of my mind for quite awhile now.  I finally got around to gathering the supplies for it... So, without further delay,  "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, let me direct your attention to this amazing circus snack mix!" 

 CIRCUS (or carnival) SNACK MIX: (You can tailor it to your own preferences)

Featuring (from the top, clockwise):

Popcorn~classic circus snack, salted (1 micowave bag)
Clown Noses~red sixlets (1/2 cup)
Animal Hoops (for "jumping through")~Froot Loops cereal (about 3 cups)
Peanuts~Favorite circus snack food for people, and elephants too:) (1 cup)
Cotton Candy~pink marshmallows, cut up (1 cup)
Clown Hats~candy-coated Bugles original, topped with m&m candies(2-3 dozen)-Directions  below
Circus Animals~Animal crackers (big handful)
More Circus Animals~iced animal crackers (big handful)
Mix all of these ingredients together and you end up with a big bowl of circus snack!

Clown Hats
1 bag of bugles original flavored snack, 4.1 oz. bag
7 ounces of purple candy melts (half of a typical bag)
red m&m's milk chocolate candies

Place a piece of wax paper on a work surface before you get started. Open the bugles and set aside the amount you will need for your clown hats (I made about 3 dozen) on the wax paper. Place some red m&m's in a bowl. Melt the candy melts as the package directs. Use a fork and dip each bugle in the purple melted chocolate one at a time, until completely covered. Place a red candy at the tip of the bugle while the purple chocolate is still wet. Place on wax paper to dry. Do this for each hat.

Once they are all dry, re-melt the purple chocolate, dip the bottom rim of each little hat in it and then dip it directly in the sprinkles, or whatever you are using to decorate the rims. Set on wax paper to dry.
Serve this in snack bags at a party, school carnival or in the classroom.

I also thought it would be fun to include this familiar cookie (think Rudolph's Nose Cookie Pop) and relate it to the circus theme...
You can't get much easier than these clown nose cookie pops, or much cuter:)

Simply use your favorite sugar cookie dough, roll it out, grab a small (1.5-inch) round cutter(I used a biscuit cutter) and cut out circles (clown noses). Insert popsicle sticks and bake the cookies. When cooled,  ice them with red tinted royal icing. Optional:  Sprinkle red sanding sugar on the icing while still wet.  Let cookies dry completely.

What a darling party favor this would make!


  1. Its perfectly acceptable that I practically jumped for joy like a toddler when I saw all of the circus chex mix - right? I love it all! >.< You're so original and creative.

  2. Love all that cuteness in one cute jar!

  3. This is so perfect! Who wouldn't love to munch on that?!?! Very cute!

  4. how adorable! love the clown nose too!

  5. I would love for you to link this recipe up to my Famous Linkz Party! www.made-famous-by.com

    Heather aka Made Famous By

  6. This would be prefect for a circus theme party! You are so creative!!!

  7. you are just such a fun grandmother, what a fabulous fabulous idea, every time those little hands grab their snack they get a big surprise.
    You are so creative Sue!

  8. Fun! That snack mix would go over well even with my oldest kids. It has everything everybody likes!!

  9. Such a fun idea. I wonder what a Super Bowl version would look like.

  10. So adorable, you are very creative. :)

  11. WOW..this is beyond fun and creative. I just love it. Perfect perfect perfect...I think I just may have to throw a circus related party for some random reason just to make this!! LOVE

  12. What a fun snack! I love the clown hats.

  13. okay that is just too cute, I love the cookie pops too!

  14. Sue, I think you could sell tickets to visit your house-I imagine it to be a real kid's paradise! :D

  15. I love the Circus Snack mix. One of my kiddos has it on her mind to have a circus party this year. If she sticks with that plan... I know just the snack mix I'll be making :)
    I hope you are having a great new year Hugs!

  16. I made this with my kids today and we all had so much fun together! It's a bit time consuming, but worth it! It's such a cute treat, and tasty too! Thanks for the great idea!

  17. You are so good.. I love everything on this blog! Your photos, ideas.. and such cute munchkins :)

  18. fabulous ideas and such terrific inspiration for our circus playdate tomorrow! thank-you! (I pinned your awesome cookies & snack mix, hope it drives more to your site! )

  19. What fun!! I just might make it for our Senior Citizen's circus themed picnic! TY