Sunday, December 14, 2014

Frugal Gift Idea for teachers, neighbors, coworkers: White Chocolate Chex Mix in a jar!

Here is a repost from last year. We are making a different gift this year for our Homeschool Co-Op Teachers, Church teachers, and hubby's coworkers-- I'll update you with that recipe once we make it!

We decided to be crafty and frugal again and make our own gifts for our church teachers, hubby's coworkers, and neighbors!

I've been saving up Spaghetti Sauce Jars and Applesauce Jars for a few months now. Along with a few that my parents gave me, we ended up with 8 jars. I decided to dress them up to give as gifts with some homemade yummy treats!

Here's what we did:

1) First, make sure to wash the jars very well (you don't want them to still smell like what was originally in them)!
2) Paint the lids
3) Attach some Christmas scrapbook paper or you could even use wrapping paper.
4) Choose a few embellishment, if you wish. I found a string of Christmas Bell garland at the Dollar store. I cut the bells off and cut the garland into pieces and attached them to the jars with hot glue.
5) Add a yummy treat. You could add the dry ingredients for brownies, some homemade applesauce, or make White Chocolate Chex Mix as we did!!

I really wasn't sure how much we would need or how much Chex Mix each jar would hold, so we made a HUGE batch!

White Chocolate Chex Mix:
  • 2 bags M&M's
  • 2 jars Peanuts (any kind, we used honey roasted)
  • 2 bags of pretzels
  • 1-2 large boxes Cheerios
  • 1-2 large boxes Corn and Rice Cereal (or a box of each)
  • 2 trays of Vanilla Candy Coating

Spread wax paper on your table or counter. Dump out all the dry ingredients and mix them up. Make sure they are in a single layer.
Melt Vanilla Candy Coating in a saucepan for 10 minutes. Stir with a spatula. Then drizzle the vanilla coating over the chex mix and stir it up on the table so that all the pieces get coated.
Wait for the candy coating to cool and then break into pieces and store in airtight container.

It's SO yummy and easy!

I probably spent about $20 on the ingredients, but here's how much it made:

  • 8 jars for Sunday School and Pioneer Club Teachers
  • 10 sandwich size baggies for hubby to pass out at work
  • 10 snack size baggies to give to neighbors or other friends
  • plus some left over for us, not including the large quantities we sampled while making it! :)

That works out to be about $0.71 each!


  1. Great Idea, I did something like this a couple of years ago with cocoa mix. I would suggest that it is alot easier to just cover the lids with fabric. Just cut around it a check pattern and attached with tacky glue.