Christmas Trail Mix An Easy Festive Snack For The Holidays

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Christmas Trail Mix is a delicious sweet treat made with sugared popcorn with sweet and salty additions such as pretzels, candies, even brightly-colored sweetened cereal.

It’s an easy inexpensive treat for the holidays. I even share a fun way to make it into an inexpensive homemade gift as well.

Christmas trail mix - sweetened popcorn, pretzels, cheese crackers, chocolate, cereal #TexasHomesteader

Santa Munch Christmas Trail Mix

This Christmas Trail Mix is a delicious sweet treat that’s simple to make. You can serve it to your Christmas guests at your holiday gathering, place it in a festive bowl to leave as Santa’s snack or even make it into a fun inexpensive gift.

I use sugared popcorn as an inexpensive sweet base, then add sweet and salty treats to complete my trail mix.  

Christmas Trail Mix is sweetened popcorn & other additions. #TexasHomesteader

How To Make Sweetened Popcorn

You can see more detailed directions to making Candied Popcorn Here.

But basically:

Melt the following ingredients to a rolling boil until it reaches the soft ball stage, which is around 235ºF for my altitude here in NE Texas. 

Sugar, water and butter boiling for Sweetened Popcorn treat. #TexasHomesteader

      • 2 tablespoons of butter

      • 1/4 cup water

      • 1 cup of sugar

Then mix syrup quickly into popcorn to coat and allow to dry until crunchy. You can place the coated popcorn in a low-temperature oven for a few moments if desired for extra crunchiness.

Popcorn sweetened with simple syrup for a nice treat. #TexasHomesteader

Just be careful not to allow it to scorch.

Colorful Treats To Make Christmas Trail Mix

Now that you have the sweetened base for your Christmas Trail Mix, it’s time to add some fun salty and sweet treats. I use:

    • Salted peanuts

    • Small cheese crackers

    • Mini pretzels

    • Whopper’s chocolate candies

    • Christmas-Colored M&M’s

    • Colorful sweetened cereal such as Cap’n Crunch w/Crunch Berries

Christmas trail mix is made with sweetened popcorn and brightly colored sweet and salty additions such as candies or pretzels. #TexasHomesteader

Just gently mix the treats into the cooled sweetened popcorn. I love the bright colors and sweet/salty combination of this Christmas Trail Mix!

Christmas Trail Mix Makes A Great Gift Idea

I’ve even turned this Christmas Trail Mix into a cute and inexpensive Snowman Treat Jar Gift. I used large clean repurposed jars that once held peanut butter and decorated the jar to look like a snowman.

The primarily white popcorn works well with the snowman theme.

Repurposed large plastic jar filled with Christmas Trail Mix & painted to look like a snowman. #TexasHomesteader

I gifted these to my young grandchildren one year and they loved it. You could also use it as an inexpensive gift idea for your coworkers, etc.

Happy Holidays, Y’all!


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2 thoughts on “Christmas Trail Mix An Easy Festive Snack For The Holidays

  1. ColleenB.`Tx.

    Gosh, I just bought my ingredients yesterday to make my Oyster Cracker mix. ( usually double the mix each time I make it) Makes for a nice item to put in gift baskets.


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