If Christmas joy came in a bowl, this would be it! Christmas Trail Mix combines festive cereal with pretzels, peanuts, marshmallows, and seasonal M&Ms. It's a sweet holiday snack mix that's perfect for taking on the go, enjoying in front of a Christmas movie, or giving as a holiday gift.
Is there anything better than settling in on the couch on a cold winter night to watch a movie with a mug of hot chocolate (or a festive hot cocktail) and a seasonal snack?
THIS is exactly the seasonal snack you need! It's a completely customizable Christmas trail mix that's packed with sweet treats that will delight everyone in your family.
Technically, you don't really need a recipe to make trail mix since all you do is toss the ingredients together in a bowl. But this post will hopefully give you some inspiration on how to make a Christmas-style trail mix.
Make it just like I did for a delicious holiday snack or swap out any of my ingredients for the goodies of your choice! I offer some more fun ingredient ideas later in this post.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Like most trail mixes, this is incredibly easy to make and to customize to your tastes.
It's perfect for snacking on while staying in and watching movies or wrapping gifts, but is also great as a special grab-and-go snack during the holidays.
Also, if you put it in a pretty jar or bottle, it makes a fabulous holiday food gift! It's especially perfect for all you last-minute shoppers who are frantically looking for gifts to give.
Like I mentioned, you can use absolutely anything you want in this Christmas trail mix! But if you want to make it just how I did (and I have to say this is a wonderful combination!), here's what to use:
- Christmas Cap'n Crunch Cereal (Elf on the Shelf Cereal would also work well)
- Peppermint Marshmallows (or any flavor red and/or green marshmallows)
- Peanuts (these add a bit of protein to an otherwise sugar-filled mix)
- Christmas M&Ms (flavor of your choice... I used the new Sugar Cookie M&Ms)
- Mini Pretzels (these add a little salty crunch to the mix)
How to Make Christmas Trail Mix
As you can imagine, the instructions for making this trail mix are quite simple!
Just place all the ingredients in a big bowl...
And toss together!
Obviously you can feel free to eat the Christmas trail mix out of this giant bowl.
But I'm warning you that it could be a bit dangerous... It's really, really hard to stop eating it.
But isn't that the sign of the very best kind of snacks? They're simply incredibly addictive and difficult to stop eating.
And that's exactly the kind of snack you want for movie watching purposes.
The Perfect Christmas Food Gift
This Christmas snack mix is so pretty that it makes a super fun (and ridiculously easy) holiday gift, as well.
Just put it in a simple jar or glass bottle. You could also tie a pretty ribbon or bow to it.
Gift it as is or make it part of a holiday gift basket gift with a fun Christmas movie or book, snuggly blanket, and a bottle of wine or hot chocolate.
Variations on Recipe
One of the best things about trail mix is that you can make it with any ingredients you want! If you don't like anything in this mix or can't find any of the ingredients I used, there is plenty you can do to switch it up. Here are some ideas:
- Any kind of cereal, like Life, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, etc.
- Crushed candy canes
- Dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, or apples
- Freeze-dried fruit like bananas or mangos
- Different kinds of nuts
- Fruity candy like skittles
- Yogurt-covered raisins
- Popcorn (though I also have a Christmas Popcorn mix recipe for you)
- Reese's Pieces or mini Reese's Cups
- Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
- Chocolate-covered pretzels
Basically, the options are endless when it comes to Christmas trail mix!
More Christmas Treat Recipes
Cuddling up on the couch and snacking is one of my favorite holiday activities, so I have plenty more Christmas snacks that will last you through the entire season! Here are some of my favorites:
- Christmas Party Popcorn
- Gingerbread Energy Balls
- Eggnog Granola
- Orange Gingerbread Meringues
- Eggnog Cookie Dough Bars
- Coconut Candy Candy Truffles
- Hot Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bites
- Candy Cane Cookie Dough Bars
- Iced Gingerbread Latte
- Malted Candy Cane Milkshake
'Tis the season for indulging in seasonal treats!
This may not be the kind of trail mix, you'll bring with you on a long hike (unless you happen to be Buddy the Elf), but it's definitely one that will bring you lots of Christmas joy.
I also have it on good authority that Santa would appreciate this being left out for him in place of cookies on Christmas Eve. He'd also like a side of eggnog.
What's your favorite Christmas movie watching snack?
Christmas Trail Mix
- 2 cups Christmas Crunch cereal (or cereal of choice)
- 1 cup mini pretzel twists
- 1 cup holiday marshmallows
- ½ cup Christmas M&Ms (I used Sugar Cookie flavor)
- ½ cup peanuts
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.
- Feel free to add or omit any ingredients to your tastes/availability.
- Store in an airtight container, large Ziplock bag, or mason jar. Trail mix should stay fresh for about a month.
- Feel free to omit or add any festive ingredients of your choice!