sweet and salty holiday snack mix
Movie night with the kids is definitely one of my favorite nights. It happens often around my home, especially on nights when dad has to work late. All we need is a pay per view movie, some warm blankets and delicious snacks. My signature movie night menu is homemade soft pretzels, freshly popped popcorn and a unique snack mix.
With Christmas seriously just around the corner (say, what?!) I decided to make a special holiday snack mix featuring FLIPZ® chocolate covered pretzels, frosted Os, peanuts, red and green candies and dried cherries. You could certainly use dried cranberries if you want instead of cherries. This festive mix is sweet and salty, the perfect duo for any movie night snacking.
FLIPZ® Christmas Snack Mix
- 1/2 bag FLIPZ® White Fudge Pretzels
- 1/2 cup frosted O’s cereal
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup red and green chocolate candies
- 1/2 cup dried cherries (or cranberries)
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl, serve.
I am a creature who loves comfort at home, so I have a ridiculous amount of warm blankets and fuzzy pillows. With the weather so cold here in the desert at night, movie night means – all of the bedding. Savannah and I pulled out all of our favorite faux fur items and nuzzled in for the evening. This is a “tween” movie fort she says.
I love creating snack mixes because you already have these ingredients in your pantry – cereals, nuts, candy… simple ingredients for an easy treat. The star of this mix is one of my favorite movie night snacks – FLIPZ®. These chocolate covered pretzels (I used white fudge) are ridiculously good and already have that sweet n salty taste on their own. A bag of FLIPZ® never lasts long in my house; that’s for sure. Special for the season, find FLIPZ® limited edition snowflake pretzels, which would make this mix even more festive! I cannot wait until I can find them around here – but first – Click here to Save $1 on FLIPZ® Chocolate Covered Pretzels! and check out the FLIPZ® community on Facebook.
Popcorn is a must, but my favorite movie night carbohydrate is the soft pretzel. I love buying them at the movie theater and dunking the salty sweeties in mustard and cheese sauce, but nothing beats the homemade version. I use Alton Brown’s soft pretzel recipe, which is perfect. Don’t change anything. Golden brown and chewy on the outside, soft and pillowy on the inside.
- 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
- Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 min. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined.
- Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
- Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
- Bring the water and the baking soda to a rolling boil. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
- Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.