I love all the emails I get around Halloween asking me for "healthy" candy recipes. I wish there was such a thing, but sadly, there isn't. I usually just give in and allow my kids to enjoy a few chocolatey or sugary Halloween treats. HOWEVER, in the past, when I've put out a bunch of bowls filled with nuts, popcorn and chocolate chips for trick or treaters and given them holiday themed bags to let them make their own trail mix, they love it! Sure there's always one or two kids who try to fill their bags with 99% chocolate chips and maybe one nut, but there are also plenty of little ones who stuff their bags with a healthy portion of the good stuff and they absolutely love it.
Whether you're looking for a healthy-ish treat on Halloween or just a fun holiday snack idea for the younger set, this Popcorn Trail Mix fits the bill. And until someone invents healthy candy, you can't do much better!
Popcorn Trail Mix (Makes 5 1/2 Cups - 11 servings)
- 4 Cups Popcorn, popped
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
- 1/2 cup roasted mixed nuts, almonds, walnuts, or peanuts
Preparation1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine.
2. Place mixture into individual treat bags.