Last Christmas, I developed this recipe as an alternative to giving out cookies or candy as gifts. Everyone loved it! I enjoyed it so much, I not only made myself several batches over the past year, I also decided to bust it out again this year for Christmas. The ingredients aren't as inexpensive as cookies, but if you want to bypass baking this year, or give people a yummy, healthy* treat, then my Snack Mix recipe is for you.
Packaged nicely, Keri's Snack Mix is a great gift for a neighbor, coworker, or hostess gift. It is also great for munching all year.
*I do not consider Chocolate health food and the cranberries I use are loaded with sugar, but the recipe is rich in nutrients.
Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies
large mixing bowl
large spoon or spatula
clean and dry glass jars with lids ( I got mine at the 100 Yen Store, which is the Japanese equivalent of the American Dollar Tree or dime store)
optional: scissors, paper, double-sided tape, ribbon, etc. for embellishment
3oz. package of Dried Bing Cherries
6oz package of Dried Cranberries
16oz bag of Raw Almonds (without shells)
6oz. quality chocolate* chips such as Ghirardelli or Godiva ( You could also chop up a solid bar into 1/2 inch squares.)
One batch equals about 4 cups.
*If you choose white chocolate, it is delicious with this mix, however, the dried fruit will turn it an undesirable brown color. You have been warned.