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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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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2010 07:53:49 PM »

You could probably use an empty coffee can...either the plastic or the tin ones. The tin ones have those plastic lids on them.
This is such a sweet idea...wish I had seen this post last week before I got to crunch time!
Sticking with chocolate chip cookies and our family's secret Ambrosia recipe this year.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2010 05:21:53 PM »

Snack mix for the holidays (I LURV the Chex site!), in upcycled cocoa or grits containers, is SOP for me. But I'd never thought to attach something else!  The handmade dishcloth is a great idea for an add-on!
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« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2013 06:58:23 AM »

~*Congrats! You have been pinned on to Craftster's Holiday & Occasions Pinterest Board*~ Grin
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2013 04:31:13 PM »

Thanks for adding this to the Pinterest Holiday Board! I was surprised to see my old project show up in my Pinterest feed today Shocked for those who asked it was a container of instant chai tea mix, and it came with the lid. It's been awhile, so thank you for re-insipring me! I love Craftster! Kiss you guys rock!
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