5 Minute Valentine’s Snack Mix

Ever since posting that 5 Minute Reese’s Snack Mix we’ve had a million requests to do more fun snack ideas for the holidays.  This 5 Minute Valentine’s Snack Mix is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty, but mostly sweet! You can surprise your kids with a little bag in their lunch or take some to your favorite people to let them know of your love!

 

A photo of a large glass bowl full of frosted cheerios, Valentine's caramel M&Ms, X and O shaped pretzels, pink heart marshmallows, Valentine's colored plain M&Ms, and heart shaped Starburst jelly beans.

 

The best snack mixes have something sweet, something salty, something that melts in your mouth, and something crunchy.  This 5 minute Valentine’s snack mix covers all those bases.

I had to run to the grocery store that day after Christmas, and I was floored when I saw the seasonal aisle completely cleaned out of Christmas goodies and covered red, pink, and hearts galore.  Holy smokes!  I feel like we need to slow down and savor things more before moving onto the next thing, but maybe that’s just me.

The good part about it was that I got to buy all these Valentine’s themed treats to make this snack mix.  All you need is a few different treats:

  • Frosted Cheerios
  • Valentine’s Plain M&Ms
  • Valentine’s Caramel M&Ms
  • XO Pretzels (found at Target in individual snack size bags)
  • Strawberry Heart Marshmallows
  • Starburst Hearts

 

A photo of a large glass bowl full of frosted cheerios, Valentine's caramel M&Ms, X and O shaped pretzels, pink heart marshmallows, Valentine's colored plain M&Ms, and heart shaped Starburst jelly beans.

 

Christmas in February

I have a friend that skips the Christmas cards and sends out Valentine’s Day cards instead.  I remember getting her card in the mail in February, and it was so fun! What a genius idea too! One less thing to do around Christmas! I might start doing the same thing with Christmas goodies.  I’ll just postpone them until February and whip up a batch of this snack mix for all my neighbors. It will be so unexpected!

 

A photo of a large glass bowl full of frosted cheerios, Valentine's caramel M&Ms, X and O shaped pretzels, pink heart marshmallows, Valentine's colored plain M&Ms, and heart shaped Starburst jelly beans.

 

A Little Something for Everyone

The great thing about a snack mix is that its so versatile.  You can add or subtract anything you want.  You can make it more salty or more sweet, add more chocolate or don’t have any chocolate at all (foolishness!).  Here are a few other ideas for things you could add:

  • Bugles
  • Yogurt covered raisins/craisins
  • Peanuts
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Craisins
  • Almonds
  • Oyster crackers
  • White chocolate chips
  • Skittles
  • Rice Chex
  • Swedish Fish

 

A close up photo of a Valentine's snack mix including frosted cheerios, Valentine's caramel M&Ms, X and O shaped pretzels, pink heart marshmallows, Valentine's colored plain M&Ms, and heart shaped Starburst jelly beans.

 

Storing Snack Mix

This snack mix can be stored for 4-6 weeks if it is kept in an air tight container.  The marshmallow will get stale first, so we recommend keeping them separate and adding them right before it is served.  This snack mix can also be frozen in an airtight contain for 4-6 months.  Let it come to room temperature before eating and serving.

Make Ahead

It only takes 5 minutes to throw this together, but it can be made ahead of time.  If it is stored in an airtight container, it can be made up to a week ahead of time. Again the marshmallows get a little tricky, so leave those out until right before serving.

 

A photo of a large glass bowl full of frosted cheerios, Valentine's caramel M&Ms, X and O shaped pretzels, pink heart marshmallows, Valentine's colored plain M&Ms, and heart shaped Starburst jelly beans with a red and white checkered napkinon the side.

 

More About Marshmallows

Marshmallows are sugar-based confectionery that is made of sugar, water and gelatin.  Those three ingredients are whipped to a squishy consistency and usually molded into small cylindrical pieces and then coated with corn starch to keep them from sticking together. They go back to around 2000 B.C. when the ancient Egyptians would use the sweet sap from the mallow plant to make confections for their gods, nobility, and pharaohs. Marshmallows have to be good if they have stood the test of time for that long!!

 

A close up photo of a Valentine's snack mix including frosted cheerios, Valentine's caramel M&Ms, X and O shaped pretzels, pink heart marshmallows, Valentine's colored plain M&Ms, and heart shaped Starburst jelly beans.

 

Share the Love

This 5 Minute Valentine’s Snack Mix takes no time at all to throw together, but put it into a cute Valentine’s Day bag and write a nice note, and you’ve got something that will put a smile on anyone’s face! I can’t wait to share the love with all my friends and neighbors!

 

Valentine’s Day Dessert RECIPES

Looking for more dessert recipes to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Try our Strawberry Pink Ombre Cake, No Bake Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Sauce, Red Velvet Churros, No Bake Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes, Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pie, White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Raspberry Sauce, or Chocolate Rose Red Velvet Cupcakes!

 

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Yield: 10 servings

5 Minute Valentine's Snack Mix

5 Minute Valentine's Snack Mix
Ever since posting that 5 Minute Reese's Snack Mix we've had a million requests to do more fun snack ideas for the holidays.  This 5 Minute Valentine's Snack Mix is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty, but mostly sweet! You can surprise your kids with a little bag in their lunch or take some to your favorite people to let them know of your love!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Cups Frosted Cheerios
  • 1 Bag (11.4 ounces) Valentine's M&Ms
  • 1 Bag (10.2 ounces) Valentine's Caramel M&Ms
  • 4 Cups XO Pretzels (found a box at Target in individual packages for Valentine's at school)
  • 1 Bag Strawberry Heart Marshmallows
  • 1 Bag (11 ounces) Starburst Hearts

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately.
  2. To make ahead: Add all ingredients except the marshmallows, add those when serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 282mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Protein: 3g
A photo of a large glass bowl full of frosted cheerios, Valentine's caramel M&Ms, X and O shaped pretzels, pink heart marshmallows, Valentine's colored plain M&Ms, and heart shaped Starburst jelly beans.