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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spiced Cranberry-Almond Party Mix | Family Economics

By Erin

party mixWhen it comes time for holiday parties, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the possibilities of what to serve. These days, I’m all about “the simpler, the better.” Try this simple and quick party mix that can be prepared in minutes!

Spiced Cranberry-Almond Party Mix
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
6 cups cereal squares (2 cups rice cereal squares, 2 cups corn cereal squares, 2 cups honey nut cereal squares)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds*

1. Place the brown sugar and butter or margarine in a microwavable bowl. 
2. Cook on high in the microwave for one minute. 
3. Stir the melted butter and brown sugar with the ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.
4. In a large microwavable mixing bowl, add the cereal squares. 
5. Toss with the melted butter mixture.  Microwave on high for two minutes, then stir, and microwave on high for another two minutes. 
6. Toss again and then stir in the dried cranberries and sliced almonds.
7. Toss well and then lay out onto wax or parchment paper to cool.  Once cool, transfer to a serving bowl.
8. Enjoy!

*If you don’t have almonds on hand, try walnuts or pecans instead.

Another thing that can be overwhelming is dealing with guests who have food allergies and sensitivities. I do my best to be accommodating of those friends and relatives with food allergies, as we deal with them in our own family. I love that this party mix is gluten-free, and could be dairy free if you used a dairy-free margarine.

Do you throw elaborate or simple parties? How do you accommodate those with food allergies?

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On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, HeartfeltInkspiration (Debra Burgin) wrote

This is fabulous -- just a warning about microwaves. I had to toss my first batch because I burned it. A minute and a half in my 1000-watt unit was sufficient each time. I have gotten rave reviews on this!

On Sunday, January 2, 2011, Dee from Minneapolis wrote

Christine, Would you be willing to post your recipe?

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, Christine from New Orleans wrote

My Mom makes a fruit and nut mix with salted almonds, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate pomegranates. It is so yummy and very festive!!!

On Thursday, December 9, 2010, sandy wrote

This looks great. I can't have the sugar so I am going to try it with a sugar free syrup. Wish me luck.

On Thursday, December 9, 2010, Katie in Arizona wrote

I'm going to try this today with raisins because . . . that's what I have in the cupboard. I think the cranberries would look fantastic in this and will try that in the future.


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