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A Festive Delight: The Ultimate Christmas Snack Mix Recipe

A Festive Delight: The Ultimate Christmas Snack Mix Recipe

Indulge in the holiday spirit with this Christmas Snack Mix recipe! Perfect for festive gatherings or cozy nights in, this delightful mix combines sweet and salty flavors to create a merry and bright treat. Easy, versatile, and utterly delicious, it’s the ideal way to celebrate the season!

Hello, holiday enthusiasts! If you’re searching for a recipe that captures the season’s spirit in every bite, you’re in the right place. Today, I’m sharing my Christmas Snack Mix recipe. It’s not just a snack; it’s a festive experience that will bring joy to your holiday gatherings. Let’s dive into this magical recipe!

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Why This Christmas Snack Mix is a Must-Try

Okay, let’s talk about why this Christmas snack mix is basically the best thing ever. First, it’s like a merry-go-round of flavors – sweet, salty, crunchy, and oh-so-chewy, all wearing their festive colors. It’s super easy to whip up, making it your go-to for any holiday. Cozy movie night? Check. A house full of party people? You bet. And if you’re thinking of gifts, nothing says ‘I thought of you’ like a homemade treat. But here’s the real kicker – this snack mix? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. The flavors are holiday magic – snowy white almond bark, peppermint twists and those cute little Santa hats dipped in candy melts and with sprinkles and mini marshmallows.. YUM! Every handful is like unwrapping a little bit of holiday cheer. Perfect for sharing or, you know, a solo snack session while you’re wrapping gifts. It’s not just a snack; it’s like a big ol’ hug from Christmas itself!

Ingredients: A Symphony of Holiday Flavors

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  • Mini Pretzels: The salty crunch base.
  • White Almond Bark: For a creamy chocolate coating.
  • Holiday Sprinkles: A pop of festive color.
  • Rice or Corn Chex Cereal: Adds the perfect crunch.
  • Holiday Chocolate Candy: A must-have Christmas treat.
  • Popcorn: Light and fluffy for texture variety.
  • Peppermint Coated Pretzels (optional): A minty surprise.
  • Santa Hats Ingredients: Muddy Bites Waffle Cone Snacks or Bugle Snacks, Red Candy Melts, Mallow Bits or Tiny Marshmallows, and optional White Sprinkles.

Step-by-Step: Crafting Your Christmas Snack Mix

Chocolate Pretzels

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  1. Prepare: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt and Drizzle: Melt almond bark and drizzle over pretzels. Add sprinkles.
  3. Set: Allow to harden for 15 minutes.

Santa Hats

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  1. Dip: Melt red candy melts, dip the cones, and set on a parchment-lined sheet.
  2. Decorate: Add white sprinkles and a marshmallow on top.
  3. Dry: Let them dry.

Snack Mix Assembly

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1. Combine: Mix cereal, popcorn, and pretzels in a large bowl.

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2. Spread and Top: Lay on a baking sheet and add Santa hats, peppermint pretzels, and candy.

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3. Mix: Stir gently.

Storing Your Christmas Snack Mix

Storing this snack mix is a breeze. Keep it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness and crunch. This isn’t just about keeping your treats tasty; it’s about capturing that just-made magic. Whether a day or a week later, each bite should take you back to that moment of holiday creation. It’s the ideal make-ahead treat for those busy holiday seasons, ensuring you always have something deliciously festive at hand.

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Customizing Your Mix

Here’s where you can truly shine! Personalize this mix to your heart’s content. Nuts add a lovely texture and richness, while dried fruits can introduce a chewy, sweet element. And let’s not forget spices – a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg can add a warm, comforting aroma, transforming the mix into a fragrant holiday treat. Your mix, your rules!

Homemade Gifts

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There’s something incredibly heartwarming about homemade gifts, and this snack mix, when packaged in jars adorned with festive ribbons, can be the perfect expression of your holiday spirit. It’s a personal and thoughtful gift that shows your care and creativity. Plus, who wouldn’t love a jar of homemade Christmas cheer?

Fun Variations to Try

Nutty Delight

For those who love a bit of extra crunch, adding a mix of roasted nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts can elevate this snack mix to new levels. It adds a nutty flavor that perfectly complements the sweetness and saltiness, making it irresistible.

Sweet and Spicy Twist

For the adventurous palates, a dash of cinnamon sugar or cayenne pepper can offer a delightful surprise. This sweet and spicy twist adds an exciting layer of flavor, creating a taste sensation that’s as festive as it is unique.

Chocolate Lover’s Dream

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If you’re a chocolate enthusiast, drizzling dark or milk chocolate over the mix can turn it into a chocolatey wonderland. This version is decadently rich, perfect for satisfying those chocolate cravings during the holiday season.

Kid-Friendly Fun

Make the mix more kid-friendly by adding colorful M&M’s or mini marshmallows. These additions make the snack mix more visually appealing to children and add a sweet touch they are sure to love.

Hosting a Christmas Snack Mix Party

Turn snack mix-making into a social event by hosting a party. It’s a fantastic way to gather friends and family for holiday fun. Provide a variety of ingredients and let everyone create their unique mix. This can be a delightful way to share the joy of cooking and celebrate the season’s spirit together.

Pairing with Holiday Beverages

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Imagine pairing this snack mix with classic holiday drinks – hot chocolate, spiced cider, or eggnog. Each sip complements the snack, creating a perfect holiday treat combination. It’s a pairing that elevates the entire holiday snacking experience. Or, think adding it to your hot chocolate charcuterie board or any Christmas snack board. 

Conclusion: A Recipe for Holiday Happiness

This Christmas Snack Mix recipe is more than just a treat; it’s a gateway to making precious memories during the holiday season. Whether you’re sharing it with family, offering it to friends, or gifting it to someone special, it’s sure to bring smiles, joy, and a bit of holiday magic.

Happy Holidays and Happy Snacking!


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The Ultimate Christmas Snack Mix Recipe

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x


Indulge in the holiday spirit with this Ultimate Christmas Snack Mix recipe! Perfect for festive gatherings or cozy nights in, this delightful mix combines sweet and salty flavors to create a merry and bright treat. Easy, versatile, and utterly delicious, it’s the ideal way to celebrate the season!



2 cups mini pretzels, square, twists or both

4 blocks white almond bark, divided

Holiday sprinkles

6 cups rice or corn chex cereal

1 cup holiday chocolate candy

2 cups popcorn 

1 cup peppermint coated pretzels, optional

Santa Hats

1 package (2.33 oz) muddy bites waffle cone snacks or bugle snacks **see notes

½ cup red candy melts

Mallow-bites or tiny marshmallows

White sprinkles, optional


Chocolate Pretzels

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Lay out pretzels in a single layer 
  3. Melt 1 block of almond bark in a small microwave safe bowl for 1 minute, stir and continue heating for 10-20 seconds at a time until the chocolate is almost melted, stirring after each heating. 
  4. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely smooth
  5. Transfer chocolate to a disposable piping bag or use a spoon 
  6. Drizzle pretzels with melted chocolate and immediately add sprinkles 
  7. Set aside for at least 15 minutes or until chocolate has hardened

Santa Hats

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt red candy melts in microwave using the instructions above
  3. Dip the cones into the melted red chocolate and place on prepared baking sheet to dry, about 15 minutes
  4. If you would like to add the white sprinkles, dip the end slightly into the melted chocolate and then into the sprinkles
  5. Add a tiny marshmallow on top with a very small amount of melted chocolate
  6. Allow to dry before adding to the snack mix

Snack Mix

  1. Add cereal, popcorn and pretzels to a large bowl and mix
  2. Spread evenly onto a large baking sheet
  3. Top with Santa hats, peppermint pretzels and candy of your choice
  4. Stir to combine
  5. Store in airtight container 


Alternately, you can use Bugle snacks or cut the tip off of a sugar ice cream cone if you can’t find the Muddy Bites Waffle Cone Snacks.

  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Christmas snack mix, christmas snack mix, snack mix recipe, christmas snack mix recipe


Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 01/13/2024 / 6:29 am

    Let’s spread the love! Tag a friend who would appreciate this post as much as you did.

  2. Bedabrata Chakraborty
    11/30/2023 / 11:07 pm

    This delightful Christmas snack mix recipe is a must-try for the festive season! Can’t wait to make it. Any tips for ingredient swaps?

  3. 11/30/2023 / 6:02 pm

    Oh wow, now this looks fun. I love the little santa hat. My daughter would enjoy making these during the weekend with her friend.

  4. 11/30/2023 / 4:51 pm

    What a flavourful mix! I’d definitely enjoy munching this snack during Christmas family reunions! No need to socialize with relatives. lol

  5. 11/30/2023 / 7:39 am

    Great decoration and interesting snack choices. Would love to try this one for our next Christmas party.

  6. pedja
    11/29/2023 / 8:54 pm

    Great suggestion for Christmas snacks. So colorful and with interesting shapes. My kids would love these. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Catalina
    11/29/2023 / 4:53 pm

    Amazing idea! I love how colorful and delicious this Christmas treat looks!

  8. Kimberly Storms
    11/29/2023 / 3:50 pm

    This looks like an easy snack for children to help build. Those little santa hats… I must taste them! Thank you for sharing this with all the wonderful photos.

  9. 11/29/2023 / 9:01 am

    This is such a creative and cute recipe. I can’t wait to check out more from you!

  10. 11/29/2023 / 8:07 am

    Yummy, yummy, yummy! I have to try this recipe with my kids. It is such a cool festive mix for family gatherings or movie nights.

  11. 11/29/2023 / 3:51 am

    I love a fun and festive holiday snack. This Christmas Snack Mix sounds so good. I will definitely add the peppermint chocolate covered pretzels – so yummy!

  12. 11/29/2023 / 3:49 am

    It looks so amazing and yummy too. Chest mix is one of my favorite snacks that I will try to make for my holiday party. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Vidya
    11/29/2023 / 1:55 am

    This looks so festive and beautiful and will make for a great gift idea too

  14. 11/28/2023 / 8:18 pm

    This is so cute! I would love to make this with the kids. What a fun and festive holiday snack.

  15. 11/28/2023 / 7:49 pm

    Such a yummy snack. And I love how festive it is. Perfect for the holidays!

  16. 11/28/2023 / 7:15 pm

    Oh gosh! Those little Santa hats are the cutest. They really add an element of fun to this mix!

  17. Joline
    11/28/2023 / 6:19 pm

    These look so fun and festive! They’d make great gifts.

  18. 11/28/2023 / 2:20 pm

    I love that it combines sweet and salty flavors, making it a perfect snack for festive gatherings or cozy movie nights.

  19. 11/28/2023 / 9:24 am

    These party snacks look festive and like they’d be delightful to have in bags as a Christmas party favor!

  20. 11/28/2023 / 8:50 am

    I love the little Santa’s hats. My son would love this snack mix, I’ll have to make him some for Christmas.

  21. 11/28/2023 / 7:22 am

    What a cute snack mix! I love the idea of making the Santa hats the way you did and adding those to the mix.

  22. Tara Pittman
    11/28/2023 / 7:05 am

    This recipe is awesome for my gifts. I need to make this for my family gifts.

  23. Kathy
    11/28/2023 / 5:43 am

    This looks like a great Christmas snack mix. I’m going to have to try this. I love holiday snacks.

  24. 11/28/2023 / 3:18 am

    Yum! This looks like the perfect thing to put out for my guests to snack on before our holiday dinner.

  25. Stephanie
    11/28/2023 / 2:05 am

    This recipe takes the standard Chex mix to a whole new level! Fun and festive – can’t wait to try these.

  26. Amber Myers
    11/28/2023 / 2:04 am

    Ooo I’d love this snack mix. I’ll have to make it as gifts. So tasty!

  27. 11/28/2023 / 12:04 am

    Aaaahhhh….this looks just like the treat I need to have with me, for that big Christmas lunch! We will definitely have many people around and we wanna make everyone as comfy as possible.

  28. 11/27/2023 / 11:43 pm

    This is the best holiday snack mix I’ve ever seen. You even have little Santa hats in there!

  29. karletta
    11/27/2023 / 8:49 pm

    These are not just delicious but they look so pretty too. Love this idea for gifts and your other recipes look amazing too.

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