Sunday, July 3, 2011

Think Inside the Box

When I saw these adorable boxes at Cash&Carry....

...I just had to buy them.

Then, I had to think
inside the box.

What could I fill them with for our graduation open house?

So, I bought all this,

divided it into these,

and cooked it in this.

Years ago I sent in enough box tops to get a microwave bowl
with the Peanuts gang and the Chex logo on it,
the perfect size to make one batch.
But after years of making pounds of the stuff,
the bowl literally burned in the microwave.

Now, the vintage Pyrex bowl  from my
sister-in-law Nita works perfectly.
It's my new "Chex Bowl."

Beka and I made eight batches.

Our tradition is to cut open a paper bag to cool the mix on.

Of course, I don't always follow the recipe. 
I love using Bugles and colored Goldfish.

I also double the amount of seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce.

Then we decorated with flowers I cut out using my new Cuddlebug.

After the mix was cooled, I put 3/4 cup into a fold-top sandwich bag
and sealed it with a twisty tie before putting it in the boxes.
(The zipper type bag didn't fit into the box.)

I put the filled boxes into a cardboard box and put it in my freezer.

Chex mix doesn't mold but gets stale, 
so I always make it ahead of time and keep it in the freezer.

Other than just being adorable,
having snacks in packages helps feed a crowd quickly.
I needed to keep the food line moving.

With a perfectly sized portion, there wasn't any waste.

The extra boxes were taken to the end-of-the-year softball party.
Score again!

Because they were so fun to use,
I want to keep these boxes on hand for other special treats,
but I need more inspiration.

what would you put
inside the box?

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  1. How original and cute these are!! At our church for VBS, a lady found some boxes similar to these at a yard sale and we were trying to come up with some ideas on how to use them. This gives us a big jump on creativity!!!

    Thank you for always leaving a smile and blessing for me with your kind comments. They are sweet to my soul and lift me up every time. What a blessing you are to me! Praying for you and your camp this week!

  2. Good job to good helper Bekah! The boxes were super cute.

  3. Think of all of the memories Bekah will have! She will grow to be extremely crafty I am sure! This looks so fun! I just wish I had a taste of that chex mix!

  4. Oh I love, love, LOVE these snack boxes!!
    Of course I would fill them with carmel popcorn.
    I will have to keep my eye out for some of my own. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Oops, that last comment was from me!

  6. I love the idea of freezing the Chex mix. How long does it need to thaw?

    I don't know what I'd put in them. Pretzels or chips or m&m? Or homemade candy?

    We still haven't had the grad party for our son. We need to squeeze it in before his older brother goes back to college!

    Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

  7. I don't want to know what's in them, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Bugles.

    Of course, I'd put cookies in the boxes!


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