Nov 15 10
by cara
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Thanksgiving Snacks

At the end of my post last week about the Indian Corn Craft, I mentioned a special Thanksgiving snack “coming up next.”  Then I posted about Pepperoni Rolls.  And although Pepperoni Rolls can make a delicious snack, that wasn’t the Thanksgiving snack I was referring to!

I was talking about this great Blessings Mix I created after reading about it on Red Couch Recipes.  I served this at Art Playgroup last week, but it would also be perfect for school Thanksgiving Parties (it’s even nut free!).  Each of the ingredients is a symbolic representation of some of the things we have to be thankful for at this time of year.  No cooking or baking involved!

Blessings Mix

recipe from Red Couch Recipes

  • Bugles (2 cups) — Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation’s abundance .
  • Pretzels (1 cup) — Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
  • Candy Corn (1 cup) — Sacrifices of the Pilgrims’ first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.  (The Picky Apple Note: I had a HARD time finding candy corn this week…most stores have moved on to Christmas stuff.)
  • Sunflower Seeds (1 cup) — Promise of a a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.
  • Dried fruits (I used 1/2 cup dried cranberries) — Harvest gifts of our bountiful land.
  • Fish Crackers (1 cup) –A remembrance of the abundant sea life and the blessing it was to the Pilgrims.

I also added 1/2 cup M & Ms.  Not symbolic, but who isn’t thankful for a little bit of chocolate, right?!

This mix also makes a great teacher/friend/family gift!  Just package it up in a mason jar or other container with a cute ribbon (I used leftover ribbon from my Halloween Ribbon Wreath).

Looking for something a little healthier, but equally Thanksgiving-y?  Check out this Turkey Fruit Snack I made last year…

Gobble gobble!

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  1. what a cute idea! I love that it is NUT FREE too. This would be a great Thanksgiving gift idea for my sons’ Sunday School teachers.

    On a totally different topic, have you read the book, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett? I read it in less than a day, it was that good. We seem to have similar reading interests so I thought I’d mention it.

    Thanks for the cute snack idea for Thanksgiving.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Andrea!

    I haven’t read The Help yet, though it is on my super-long list of books to read. Based on what you said, it just moved up in the list! As soon as I complete the big pile of books on my nightstand, I’ll be sure to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Michelle permalink

    This is awesome! GIving it to the teachers at my daughters school and little versions for the kids in her class! Thanks!

  4. Jackie Koll permalink

    I was so glad to read that I’m not the only one struggling to find candy corn. I had several cute treat ideas to make with the kids this week (Turkeys, pilgim hats, and I loved this recipe idea) but have come up empty handed. Made a note to stock up at Halloween next year so I have them for Thanksgiving 🙁

  5. Jackie,

    I found some little bags at Target that were Jelly Belly brand. It definitely didn’t taste quite right, though. As you said, next year I’m stocking up the minute candy corn shows up in the stores!

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