Easy Holiday Gift Idea: Custom Trail Mix

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Travis gets a lot of vicarious perks from this blog. Anytime I review a product, create a new recipe, or receive goodies to try out I always share with him. As I was thinking of ways to make one of my favorite and most versatile snacks, nuts, into unique Holiday treats or gifts it hit me; custom trail mix! It's so simple, but it's a totally genius solution. I don't know a single person that doesn't like trail mix but everyone always has one or two things they don't like being in there. A specific nut, a type of dried fruit, etc.

So, I started trying to think of things that I knew Travis would enjoy. I realized that buying each item separately could end up costing a small fortune and then I had a genius idea. Buy a basic trail mix and just add one or two extra things to it that I knew he'd enjoy. BOOM.

Trail MixI went to Walmart and saw this huge Planters peanut display. 2014-12-03 17.46.56After debating which one of these he'd like the best I went with the Holiday Nut Crunch. Pretty basic, no 'weird' flavors, all the good stuff most people like (Peanuts, raisins, chocolate, chocolate covered peanuts, almonds, cashew, and cranberries.) I also picked up the Holiday tin with a few nut varieties in it. Good thing I did as I totally ate the Holiday Nut Crunch on my own before I could make up the trail mix. What? Don't judge. 2014-12-03 17.47.12I also downloaded this blippar app that interacts with certain products, like Planters peanuts. All you do is open it, scan the product, and then it allows you to interact with it. It's so cool! This is what the  Holiday Crunch Mix looked like on my counter top while I had the app open:

2014-12-13 10.28.00HOW COOL IS THAT? Totally magic. Salem took a selfie with Mr. Peanut:

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The app also had a lot of ideas for ways to use/gift the nuts (like setting up a trail mix bar for guests at a party!)

After I picked out about half the pistachios I used the rest of the nuts in the tin to make Travis's trail mix.

IMG_8186I bought a bag of chocolate & caramel covered nuts, and some chocolate mint pieces, and threw them all into small mason jars. Took 2 minutes and under $20 and I had enough gifts for three people. I kept them all of course, but I could have had three awesome presents to give to others. IMG_8193I even saved them all for Travis to eat; unlike the poor Holiday Nut Crunch he didn't get to try.

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He loved the mix, and I will definitely be doing this again next year! Nestle is giving away $1,600 in gift baskets. Enter!

Nestlé Holiday Sweepstakes

IMG_8195What would your perfect trail mix combination be?