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« on: November 25, 2008 11:13:12 AM »

Recycled tin can (washed of course) filled with homemade snack mix, decorated with scrapbooking left-overs and topped with a hand knit dishcloth. Wrapped up with yarn scraps and topped with a vintage acorn button. Made for the hostess of our small groups annual pre-Thanksgiving feast.

In the past I bought pretty containers for gifting snack mix, but with a tighter budget I'll be Recycling this idea for Christmas gifts,too.

Thanks for the kind feed back. Here's my base recipe, straight from Allrecipes.com. I often change up the nuts &/or cereals depending on what's on sale. I also like to add pretzels. It's always a big hit, and a great gift to snack on, I especially like to give it to those who have long drives around the holidays.
INGREDIENTS
3 quarts popped popcorn (1 cup un-popped)
4 cups Cheerios cereal
4 cups Corn or Rice Chex cereal
2 cups salted peanuts ( I use almonds)
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (I've occasionally forgotten Undecided to add this & it still worked)

DIRECTIONS
In a large greased roasting pan, combine popcorn, cereal and peanuts. In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; quickly stir in vanilla and baking soda until mixture is light and foamy. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; mix well. Bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely.

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008 11:38:22 AM »

Great idea! We have been saving empty 'instant hot chocolate' containers & this would be a good way to use a few. Nice job!!! Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008 11:42:26 AM »

can I be  in your  family  I want some!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008 01:32:02 PM »

That's such a smart idea. Cute and thrifty and thoughtful. This rocks Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008 01:34:12 PM »

Just one more thing, I forgot to ask, what is your homemade snack mix?
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008 03:47:18 PM »

Thanks for the kind feed back. Here's my base recipe, straight from Allrecipes.com. I often change up the nuts &/or cereals depending on what's on sale. I also like to add pretzels. It's always a big hit, and a great gift to snack on, I especially like to give it to those who have long drives around the holidays.
INGREDIENTS
3 quarts popped popcorn (1 cup un-popped)
4 cups Cheerios cereal
4 cups Corn or Rice Chex cereal
2 cups salted peanuts ( I use almonds)
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (I've occasionally forgotten Undecided to add this & it still worked)

DIRECTIONS
In a large greased roasting pan, combine popcorn, cereal and peanuts. In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; quickly stir in vanilla and baking soda until mixture is light and foamy. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; mix well. Bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely.
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2009 07:49:47 AM »

Filing this away for this year's Thanksgiving! I love the details of the packaging - the button and yarn scraps are a very nice touch! And I might have to make some of the snack mix for myself...you know, for quality assurance purposes Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2009 06:22:55 PM »

Great Idea! The snack mix sounds yummy! This would make a great little thank you gift for my co-workers! I usually always have some sort of empty container hanging around, and using homemade items sure does add just that extra touch.  I will also be picking up on this idea for Christmas gifts that need to be mailed!
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2010 01:03:15 PM »

Hi! That is an adorable gift. so much detail. Did you use a tin that already had a lid? or did you find another one that fit?
Thanks for sharing,
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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2010 10:12:49 AM »

Cute!  What kind of can did you use?  I don't think I ever have tin cans with lids like that.
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