Holiday Candy Mix and we have a Winner!

Less than a week to go till Christmas, can you believe it?

Before I show you this awesome (and easy) candy mix, let’s get to the giveaway winner first. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments, I loved reading them all and loved discovering some “lurkers” out there!

Using Random.org number integrator…the winner of the Bon Appetit magazine subscription is…

Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen!

Email me your mailing address Mary Ann and I’ll get your subscription ordered! Congrats!


Ok, now on to the goodies. For those of you that are baking challenged, like me, this is the perfect holiday treat for you. There is nothing to it, everyone loves it and you’ll end up looking like a rock star for making it. I came across this “recipe” for the first time years ago at my first real job out of college. We were having a holiday pot luck and our receptionist brought this in. It was so good and so addicting! I have been making it almost every year since.

Tip: Chew gum while you make this…because if you are like me you will be constantly tasting it…the chinese noodles are my favorite!! ; )

Aggie’s Holiday Candy Mix

Pretzel twists
Peanuts (I prefer lightly salted)
Chinese noodles
M&Ms
Rice Chex cereal (subbed Cinnamon Puffins for this batch b/c it was all I had!)
Almond Bark (vanilla flavored)

In large bowl, combine pretzels, peanuts, chinese noodles, m&m’s, and cereal. It’s best to work in smaller batches when making this so break up almond bark into squares and melt half of it in microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, then continue to melt in microwave for 10-20 seconds at a time until completely melted. Add pretzel mix into smaller mixing bowl then pour melted almond bark over mix, a little at a time. Stir very gently with wooden spoon until completely coated. Once mixed and coated, pour onto cookie sheet and spread flat. Continue with the rest of pretzel mix and almond bark. Let dry and harden for about an hour, then break up and package in festive tins or bowls!

I don’t have exact amounts but I will tell you for this batch I made I used 1 1lb bag of pretzels, 1 bag of chinese noodles, 1/2 bag m&m’s, 1/2 tall jar of peanuts, and a few cups of cereal. I also used 1 entire package of almond bark. This batch made 5 tins for gifts.

I’ve stored this in air tight containers for a week.


Enjoy your weekend!!

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21 Responses to “Holiday Candy Mix and we have a Winner!”

  1. Erica posted December 19, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    This sounds good and would make sure a great gift or perfect to bring to a party! Love it! Congrats Mary Ann!

  2. lauren posted December 19, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I had something similar to this one time and it was INCREDIBLE. Thanks for the recipe – I will definitely make it…

  3. Dawn posted December 19, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    ha ha I like the cinnamon puffins idea…much tastier I bet!

  4. Aggie posted December 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    To be honest, I think I am going to use the puffins from now on! They don’t break as easily as the chex and they taste great!

  5. Pam posted December 19, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    You can’t beat salty and sweet treats. Congrats to your winner.

  6. Cathy posted December 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Oh, this looks great! I love anything that is hard to mess up but makes me look like a rock star!

  7. Mary Ann posted December 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Yeah for me!!! How exciting.
    This candy mix looks amazing and luckily I have some of that almond bark in the pantry. I will have to enforce the chewing gum rule though, it looks too tasty!
    Thanks for having a great giveaway, Aggie! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Katherine Aucoin posted December 19, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Congrats to the winner! Aggie would not last long in my house! L really like the sweet and salty taste combo.

  9. Half Baked posted December 19, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Yum sweet and salty, the best combo!

  10. Krista posted December 19, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    This mix is incredible! Thank you for sharing and I know Mike will LOVE it!! Merry Christmas!!

  11. Pamela posted December 19, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Wow! This looks so good! I would definitely have to be chewing some gum if I were making this. Sounds perfect for the holidays.

  12. Bridgett posted December 19, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Congratulations to Mary Ann for winning. Aggie, this looks so tasty. A nice indulgence for the holiday.

  13. Paula posted December 20, 2008 at 12:41 am

    What a great and fun recipe! I’ve had the haystacks made with chow mein noodles (yum!) and now I’ll have this to try. I bet my kids would love making these!

  14. Girl Japan posted December 20, 2008 at 3:32 am

    OOhh.. I agree this looks like a fun recipe.. did you have any little helpers? = ) I love salt meets sweet… like Pam said = ) !

  15. Mary posted December 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I love sweet and salty treats. Count me in on this recipe. My congratulations to your winners.

  16. Jeena posted December 21, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I would love a bag of these for xmas. :-)

  17. Annie posted December 22, 2008 at 4:05 am

    Too funny… I’ve seen that almond bark in the store in the past and wondered what it was used for.
    It sounds wonderful!

  18. Prudy posted December 22, 2008 at 4:11 am

    What a great and yummy idea. Congrats on your 100th post!

  19. HoneyB posted December 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Congrats MaryAnn!

    I could eat this til I was sick. Mostly because I like the sweet, crunchy and salty flavors all together!

  20. Jessie posted December 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    lovely idea! this holiday candy mix would be gone within days at my house

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