Santa Hat Party Mix Recipe for Christmas

santa hat party mix recipe

Learn how to make Santa Hat Party Mix with popcorn and Bugles for your next Christmas party or just to have at home for a festive snack at the holidays.

Christmas time is here! ‘Tis the season for baking, family time, and yummy treats. This recipe has it all! This Santa Hat Party Mix is so easy and fun to make and it’s perfect to include the whole family. My kids loved helping mix the popcorn together and dipping the Santa hats! (Although I’m pretty sure more Bugels ended up in their mouths than in the bowl!)

santa hat party mix recipe

The lightly salted popcorn and the Bugels mixed with the chocolate give a salty-sweet flavor to the Santa Hat Party Mix that is amazing. Every time I have made this for a group, I go home with a completely empty bowl. The mix is delicious but those little Santa hats are the best part. Trust me, it would not be a problem if you made more Bugels than the recipe calls for. 

This Santa Hat Party Mix is so pretty that you could put it in tins or festive bags and give as gifts for teachers or friends with a gift card attached. It’s the perfect treat to bring for holiday get-togethers or to make for your family to enjoy with a cozy Christmas movie!

santa hat party mix recipe

Prep time: 45 minutes

Cook time: N/A

Servings: 12

Serving size: 1 cup

santa hat party mix ingredients

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. package of almond bark
  • 3 – 3.29 bags of microwave popcorn, lightly salted (not buttered)
  • 3.15 oz. non pareil sprinkles, white
  • 10 oz. milk chocolate holiday M&Ms
  • 7.5 oz. or larger package of Bugels (you only need 25-30 but many in the bag will likely be broken)
  • 25-30 mini marshmallows
  • 1 package Wilton candy melt, red
  • Wax paper

Directions

1. Pop all 3 bags of microwave popcorn and dump into a large bowl. Be sure to remove all the unpopped kernels from the bottom of the bowl.

2. Melt 24 oz. of almond bark in the microwave in a medium bowl or on the stove using a double boiler (buy on Amazon). If using the microwave, microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Continue to microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

popcorn and marshmallows in a red bowl

3. Pour the almond bark into the popcorn bowl and gently mix until the popcorn is covered.

popcorn white chocolate and m&ms in red bowl

4. Add 10 oz. of M&Ms to the popcorn bowl and mix to combine.

5. Dump the popcorn mixture onto large sheets of wax paper and spread flat to set. 

popcorn party mix on a countertop

6. In a medium bowl, melt the red candy melts. Microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each until the candy melts are melted and smooth.

red candy melted in a glass bowl

7. Dip 25-30 Bugles with a fork one at a time into the candy melts and place on wax paper. (It would not be a problem if more Bugles than this were made. This is always everyone’s favorite part of the mix!)

8. Place dipped Bugles in the fridge for 10 minutes to set. Once set, re-melt the melted candy melts if necessary. Pour sprinkles into a small dish. Dip the very bottom of the Bugles back into the melted candy melts and then dip into the sprinkles to form the bottom of the Santa hats. Dip the very tip of the Bugles into the candy melts and place a mini-marshmallow on top. Let set at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

santa hats made from bugles on a white plate

9. Break apart the popcorn mixture and place into a large container. Add in the Santa hats. Store in an air-tight container.

Yield: 12 servings

Santa Hat Party Mix

santa hat party mix recipe

Learn how to make Santa Hat Party Mix with popcorn and Bugles for your next Christmas party or just to have at home for a festive snack at the holidays.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. package of almond bark
  • 3 – 3.29 bags of microwave popcorn, lightly salted (not buttered)
  • 3.15 oz. non pareil sprinkles, white
  • 10 oz. milk chocolate holiday M&Ms
  • 7.5 oz. or larger package of Bugels (you only need 25-30 but many in the bag will likely be broken)
  • 25-30 mini marshmallows
  • 1 package Wilton candy melt, red
  • Wax paper

Instructions

  1. Pop all 3 bags of microwave popcorn and dump into a large bowl. Be sure to remove all the unpopped kernels from the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Melt 24 oz. of almond bark in the microwave in a medium bowl or on the stove using a double boiler. If using the microwave, microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  3. Pour the almond bark into the popcorn bowl and gently mix until the popcorn is covered.
  4. Add 10 oz. of M&Ms to the popcorn bowl and mix to combine.
  5. Dump the popcorn mixture onto large sheets of wax paper and spread flat to set. 
  6. In a medium bowl, melt the red candy melts. Microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each until the candy melts are melted and smooth.
  7. Dip 25-30 Bugles with a fork into the candy melts and place on wax paper. (It would not be a problem if more Bugles than this were made. This is always everyone’s favorite part of the mix!)
  8. Place dipped Bugles in the fridge for 10 minutes to set. Once set, re-melt the melted candy melts if necessary. Pour sprinkles into a small dish. Dip the very bottom of the Bugles back into the melted candy melts and then dip into the sprinkles to form the bottom of the Santa hats. Dip the very tip of the Bugles into the candy melts and place a mini-marshmallow on top. Let set at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
  9. Break apart the popcorn mixture and place into a large container. Add in the Santa hats. Store in an air-tight container.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

n/a

Amount Per Serving: Calories: n/aTotal Fat: n/agSaturated Fat: n/agTrans Fat: n/agUnsaturated Fat: n/agCholesterol: n/amgSodium: n/amgCarbohydrates: n/agNet Carbohydrates: n/agFiber: n/agSugar: n/agSugar Alcohols: n/agProtein: n/ag

Pull some out for your family because if you take this Santa Hat Party Mix anywhere, I bet you come home with an empty bowl too! Enjoy!

amy cookAmy Cook is a midwestern wife and mom to four boys ages 8, 6 and 3 year old fraternal twins. She has a degree in Biochemistry and worked in medical research for 8 years before becoming a SAHM when her twins were born. Now she runs her Etsy shop and graphic design blog, Loving Our Messy, offering free printables and design tools. Her other passions include baking, watching baseball and all things creative.

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