One of my favorite DIY gift ideas during the holidays is mason jar gifts! Using a glass jar is the perfect way to package up homemade treats for your friends and family. But finding the right treat to put in your jar isn’t always easy. If you’re looking for a unique jarred food gift to give this Christmas, you’re going to love this idea for Christmas snack mix in a jar! The sweet and salty treat is a delicious way to say Merry Christmas this year.
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What’s great about giving the gift of snack mix is that you can customize your snack recipe to suit your loved one’s tastes. But if your friends and family love sweet treats, there’s no reason to adjust this recipe at all! This mason jar Christmas gift is packed with delicious flavor all on its own.
Making your own homemade Christmas snack mix is the perfect afternoon activity for your family. And when you package up the snack mix in a jar, you instantly have a adorable gift to give just about anyone on your list!
This delicious caramel snack mix is perfect for:
- Secret Santa or white elephant gift exchange
- Neighbors and friends of the family
- Teachers, coaches, tutors, principals, and school office workers
- Mail and package delivery people
- Hair dresser, dry cleaner, barber, and gardener
Christmas Snack Mix in a Jar
This simple holiday snack mix recipe is made up of two different parts — the homemade caramel sauce and the snack mix ingredients. But it’s so simple to make, you’ll want to whip it up for everyone on your holiday shopping list this year!
What I love about these Christmas snack mix recipe is how easy it is to make. And once your snack mix is prepared, all you have to do is put in a jar to instantly have the perfect last-minute gift idea!
To make these sweet and salty Christmas snack, you’ll need:
- Brown sugar
- Corn syrup
- Baking soda
- Corn Chex
- Christmas sprinkles
- Mini marshmallows
- Red and green M&Ms
How to Make Christmas Snack Mix
Before you can start packaging up your gifts in a jar, you’ll need to prepare your snack mix! First, make the sauce, then coat the ingredients and bake until crispy!
The first step to making your caramel snack mix is to prepare the sauce. But before you start heating the sauce ingredients, it’s a good idea to have everything set-up and ready to go. Once the sauce is prepared, you’ll need to work quickly to coat your snack mix ingredients in the caramel.
So, before you get the sauce started, grab two large bowls. Pour the Chex in one bowl. Add the prepared popcorn to the second bowl. Set those two bowls aside while you prepare the sauce.
To make the sauce, add the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt to a heavy sauce pan. Heat the ingredients over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the butter is melted, heat the sauce another 5 minutes, making sure to stir as the sauce cooks to keep it from sticking and burning.
After that, remove the sauce from the oven and add the baking soda. The sauce will begin to bubble and foam. Continue stirring the sauce quickly until it’s well mixed.
Pour half the sauce over the top of the Chex, making sure to spread the sauce out as much as possible.
Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the popcorn. Carefully stir the ingredients in each bowl until the Chex and popcorn is completely coated in the caramel sauce.
Spred the coated Chex and popcorn evenly over two baking sheets. While the caramel sauce is still warm, decorate the snack mix with some Christmas sprinkles.
Then, place the snack mix in the oven to bake for 1 hour. This will give the carmel sauce time to harden, ensuring your snack mix is crisp and crunchy.
When the cook time is up, remove the pans from the oven and allow them to cool. Make sure the snack mix is cooled completely, then add the M&Ms and mini marshmallows to the pan.
After that you can transfer the snack mix to a serving bowl. Or keep reading to see how to use this Christmas snack mix to make some adorable gifts for the holidays.
Snack Mix Gift in a Jar
This delicious snack mix makes the perfect gift for Christmas! And since it’s so simple to create a fun snack mix in a jar gift, you’ll want to give these adorable jarred gifts to everyone this year.
But before you can start adding the ingredients to your mason jar, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. In addition to the snack mix, you’ll also need a:
- Glass jar. The size of the jar doesn’t really matter. It just depends on how much snack mix you want to give each person. There is enough snack mix in this recipe to fill around 6 pint-sized jars.
- Printable gift tag. Keep reading to see how to download my free printable gift tag to decorate your mason jar Christmas gift.
- Ribbon. Attach the tag to your jar with a piece of ribbon or twine to add one final decoration to your easy DIY gift.
To make your own Christmas snack mix in a jar gift, you’ll need to print out my free gift tags. To get your own, simply subscribe to my email list, print them out on cardstock, and tie them to your jar.
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After downloading your printable tags, print them out on cardstock and cut the tags out around the outer border. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the corner of the tag. After that, fill your jar with snack mix. You may need to carefully break apart bigger chunks to fit them into the jar.
Place the lid on the jar and wrap a piece of ribbonr or twine around the top of the jar. Thread the end of the ribbon through the hole in your gift tag, then attach the gift tag to the jar with a bow.
Christmas Snack Mix Ideas
I love the sweet and salty combo of ingredients in this easy snack mix recipe. But like any snack mix, you can easily add more snack ingredients to your own mix! Try these recipe ideas to create a delicious snack that everyone on your Christmas list will love.
Add some more snack mix ingredients. There are tons of delicious ingredients you can mix in with your caramel Chex and popcorn to create a unique holiday snack mix for your family. Try these other mix-ins as you’re making your snack mix:
- Mini pretzels or pretzel sticks
- Peanuts or mixed nuts
- Small crackers, like Goldfish or oyster crackers
- Raisins or other dried fruit
- Chocolate chips
Use a different container. I love the idea of using a jar to store your snacks, but that’s not the only container you can package your snack mix in! Try using a cookie tin, clear treat bags, or a treat box instead of a jar for a quick and easy holiday gift idea.
- 1 12-ounce box corn Chex
- 4 cups popped popcorn
- 1 cup red and green M&Ms
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- Christmas sprinkles (optional)
For the Caramel Sauce:
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- ½ cup corn syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and pour the Chex and popcorn into large bowls.
- Make the caramel sauce by adding the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. After the butter is melted, allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring the whole time.
- Remove the pan from heat and add the baking soda. Stir to mix the baking soda into the other ingredients, then immediately pour the mixture over the Chex and popcorn.
- Carefully stir the cereal and popcorn until it’s fully coated in the caramel sauce.
- Spread the mixture evenly over 2 baking sheets and top with Christmas sprinkles, if desired. Place the pans in the oven to bake for 1 hour.
- When the cook time is up, remove the pans from the oven and allow to cool completely. Top with M&Ms and mini marshmallows, then transfer to a serving bowl or airtight container.
To make Christmas snack mix in a jar, allow the snack mix to cool completely, then transfer the mix to jars. Print out the gift tag and attach it to the top of each jar with a piece of twine or ribbon.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1049Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 907mgCarbohydrates: 171gFiber: 4gSugar: 119gProtein: 6g
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Emily is a midwestern mom of two boys. She loves all things DIY — from home renovations to kids birthday party planning. Whether she’s making a new farmhouse craft for her home or helping her kids with a cool activity, you can bet she’s in the middle of some kind of DIY project (or three) right now!