I have found so many cute Christmas candy recipes this year! I've just been having a blast in my kitchen lately. Check out these adorable little Santa hats! Aren't they cute?!?!
They are made out of caramel bugles (you can use plain ones too) and mini marshmallows. I haven't had bugles for years and it was the first time I'd ever had CARAMEL bugles. They were so good that I seriously could have eaten a whole bag before I even started dipping them!
After making these Santa hats, you can add them to a chocolate covered party mix and it will be the hit of the party! Enjoy!!!
Santa Party Mix
Source: Cookies and Cups
Bugles (Caramel Bugles if you can find them)
Red Melting disks
1 T. shortening
White sprinkles (I used nonpareils)
Melt the red candy melts, along with a tablespoon of shortening (to help thin the melted candy), in 30 second intervals on half power in your microwave until melted. Immediately start dipping the bugles. Let them set up for 10 minutes or so on parchment or wax paper. When they are set, remelt the red candy disk (if necessary) and dip just the bottoms (the large part of the Bugle) into the white sprinkles. Then flip it over and dip the top in the melted candy and press a mini marshmallow on top. And voila...bugle Santa hats!
If you want to use the hats as an addition to a mix here's an idea for a sweet and salty mix that's easy and yummy.
Feel free to play around with the additions and make it your own!
3 c. mini pretzels
1 c. salted dry roasted peanuts
2 c. Rice Chex
2 c. Corn Chex
3 c. Cheerios
2 c. holiday colored M&M's
1/2 c. craisins (optional)
1 1/2 lbs. white chocolate for melting
Put all your ingredients, EXCEPT M&M's, into a large bowl. Melt your white chocolate according to package directions and drizzle over the pretzel mix. Stir then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and allow to dry. When chocolate is set, sprinkle M&M's and Santa hats over the mix. Transfer to a big bowl to serve or put in decorative jars to give to your friends.