Over-the-top sweet and pink trail mix recipe featuring frosted animal cookies, chocolate pieces, birthday cake pretzels, candy-like dried strawberries and more!
Even though I don’t feel like I have a great excuse to work on animal cookie projects anymore (because I no longer need them for my daughter’s birthday party) I still think about the cute little sprinkled confections often. They just hold a dear place in my heart. So when I heard about nuts.com contest for National Trail Mix Day, my mind immediately went to my favorite cookie, my mind immediately when to my favorite cookie. Even though trail mix is usually thought of as a healthy, outdoor-activity-appropriate snack, I just couldn’t resist making my mix all sweet and pink!
I like to make things that I know Stella will eat rather than things that are just for me. While she likes nuts and dried fruits so I know a more traditional mix would’ve been okay, I guess I was just feeling really nice and wanted her to have a snack she would absolutely love!
And, since pink is her favorite color (it kills me how this just happens. Like, she knows nothing about pink being girly. She isn’t surrounded by girly friends or cousins or anything! And yet, pink was the first color she learned, still the only one she always knows and gets consistently right, and always the color she chooses.) I knew she would love this snack mix. Psh, with cookies, candy, marshmallows and chocolate covered pretzels, who wouldn’t love it?!
- 2 C animal cookies
- 1/2 C macadamia nuts
- 1 C vanilla chex
- 10 pink wafer cookies
- 1 bag birthday cake white chocolate pretzels
- 1/2 C white chocolate chips
- 1 C yogurt covered almonds
- 3/4 C dried strawberries
- 1/4 C pink sixlets
- 1 1/2 C pink mini marshmallows
I used raw macadamias and they are great but obviously roasted and salted would be so yummy too! Nuts.com also has so many other fun options of pink and white candies and confections that would be great additions to this mix. The possibilities are endless! For pink marshmallows, I just bought a bag of the fruit flavored mini ones and picked out all the pink. Only took 2 minutes!
- Chop animal cookies into thirds/fourths/halves. I just kind of mixed up my cuts to get a variety of sizes.
- Chop wafer cookies into small squares (fourths).
- Chop pretzels into thirds.
- Mix all ingredients together!
This mix is perfect for parties! Whether it be a shower or a birthday party, you can set this out in any cute variety of treat cups and people will definitely enjoy it! Or put it in cellophane bags and send home with guests as your favor. Attach a cute treat bag topper and call it good!