You know, I really worried that when our daughter went to college, I wouldn't have anyone left to feed. After years of hosting, well, everything, and feeding, well, everyone, who would I cook for?
What exactly was I thinkin? They're teens. They're always hungry! Enter Pinterest inspiration. And holiday snacks, to the rescue!
Have you seen these? Talk about eye candy! Mixtures of enticing holiday colors and shapes. An excuse to buy lots of different candies, and then mix them all together! Colors, textures, seasonal fun! Kind of like home decor, but with food!
After reading multiple recipes for cookie bark and snack mix, I kind of went to town making my own concoctions. For the cookie bark, I layered chopped Oreos, pretzels, and peanut M&Ms on parchment paper, then melted vanilla flavored almond bark and covered the mixture, using a spatula. I added more chopped M&Ms and some sprinkles on top to make it even more festive.
I whipped up a second batch with a secret surprise: Andes mint chips! My gosh are these good. I just used Oreos and pretzels with this batch, and added some candy corn to the top for fun.
The snack mix included Cheez Its, pretzels, Cocoa Puffs, Cheerios, Peanut M&Ms, Hot Tamales, Raisinets, Crunch clusters, and candy corn. Perfect sweet/salty sensory overload :)
These cute Dizzy Pops are at Dollar Tree right now. They spin!
The goodies got packaged up in zip bags and tied with some bright ribbon. I can't wait to send these off to the college kids, and I saved a little extra for hubby, too. He looooves Oreos, and it's his birthday :) Looks like this year we're having birthday bark instead of birthday cake.
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