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I hoping to tap ideas for simple snack recipes for a crowd...I would like to bring to work to show my appreciation for my teammates. I have previously brought rolo turtles, saltine toffee bars, etc...nice and simple...does anyone have any super simple, and not too, too sweet ideas? Simple appetizers would work also.

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  1. I just made my BF cornflake clusters, just melt a bag of chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate) and stir in a very generous amount of cornflakes. Drop by the tablespoon onto wax or parchment paper, and let set (about 2-3 hours). Pack in paper-towl lined tupperware. Yummy!!

    Cookies and brownies (from a box) are pretty tasty, inexpensive and reletively easy.

    Chocolate dipped strawberries are (kind of) easy to make, and with strawberry season almost here, the berries are looking pretty good! The grocery stores all carry the microwavable chocolate that you just dip the berries into. It gets a little messy, though :)

    How about some gourmet doughnuts and a few large boxes of Starbucks coffee? Might be a nice breakfast treat!

    1. How about popcorn (proper popcorn not microwave). If you have a long way to go to the office, you could melt the butter in the microwave at work and pour over top. fancy it up with parmesan, black pepper or truffle oil (very small amount). If you don't want a bunch of hands in a bowl bring a scoop or baggies.

      other ideas: spiced or candied nuts, macaroons, haystacks

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      1. re: cleopatra999

        Spicy nuts are a great idea! You can mix pecans with honey, sugar, and ceyanne pepper, then bake until bubbly. Let cool, then put a few tablespoons worth in little party favor bags! Cute! Sweet and spicy!

      2. If you can find a good dark chocolate that you like (for this recipe, the darker the better), melt it over a double boiler, combine with chopped almonds or macadamias or walnuts into little dollops, sprinkle with sea salt and let set/chill.

        Wicked good stuff.

        1. Lemon Thin Cookies or Lemon Squares
          Chow has this recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/12130-sho...

          Dips with dippers

          Soft Pretzels with a mustard dip
          Chow has a recipe:
          http://www.chow.com/recipes/28382-sof...

          Fruit Salad. You can keep it cold by putting a bowl of ice under the bowl of salad

          Soups - you can bring in a crockpot and put it on low in the break room. not really a snack but people appreciate it on cold days.

          Rice Krispie treats aren't just for kids.
          Chow has this recipe:
          http://www.chow.com/recipes/12079-dou...

          Cocktail meat balls
          Chow has this lamb meatball recipe that is awesome. I also add a little pita bread to go with it.
          http://www.chow.com/recipes/13432-lam...

          1. This is fun, one big cookie that is meant to be broken up by a group.
            http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2010/09/...
            It tastes wonderful, too.

            1. Here is another thread that might give you some ideas and is recent, although it is a 60's themed party, some of the apps might be right up your alley. Good luck.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/965995

              1. I'll give another vote for popcorn with interesting toppings -- Old Bay, Cajun spice, 5 spice powder, curry powder, garlic butter, Italian seasoning, cinnamon and sugar, lemon pepper, etc.

                Cheese cubes with pretzel stick "toothpicks"

                Ranch pretzel or oyster cracker snacks similar to this:
                https://www.hiddenvalley.com/recipe/1...

                Chex mix

                Chips and salsa -- my favorite snack in the world -- maybe a hearty and colorful black bean or Texas caviar salsa

                Rotel or buffalo chicken dip with dippers

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                1. re: Tara57

                  I love the popcorn idea and the Chex mix as well. My mom makes a white chocolate covered Chex mix that disappears in minutes.

                2. I mentioned homemade granola in another thread. I think small cupcake cups of homemade granola would be a wonderful mid morning snack for work.

                  1. Banana bread is easy and a universal crowd pleaser for any time of day.

                    Macaroons (the ones made with coconut) are easy and impressive.

                    1. how'd those saltine toffee bars work out for you? I made Trisha Yearwoods Sweet n Saltines and although tasty the timing of them was way off.

                      I should look up my killer bars recipe. they sure feed a crowd-oh wait I think you said not too sweet-never mind......mind's blank

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                      1. re: iL Divo

                        Thanks to everyone for the ideas!!! I ended up going with spiced nuts and they were a hit.

                        iL Divo...my toffee cookies were a hit...I have to control myself from eating too many, that's why I take them to work.

                        I've copied the recipe here for you.

                        24 saltine crackers, unsalted tops
                        2 sticks butter (1 c.)
                        1 c. brown sugar
                        1/2 tsp. vanilla
                        12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
                        1 c. chopped nuts (optional) - I usually used toasted almond slices

                        Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 9 x 13 inch pan with foil. Butter the foil. Arrange crackers right side up. Melt butter and sugar - boil 3 minutes; stirring. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over crackers and spread evenly. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes. Sprinkle chips over top and when shiny and soft spread evenly and add nuts. When cool, cut into bars.

                      2. If no allergies, buckeyes are usually a hit

                        1. If no one is religiously against pork, you may want to try something a little different like Bacon-wrapped asparagus spears. I'm assuming that since all of the people have eaten the sweets, there should be no negative comments about bringing in some bacon! And, it's pretty easy to make, too.

                          What’s needed:

                          1 lb. fresh asparagus spears
                          8-10 slices of your favorite bacon
                          cracked black pepper (or other spices) to taste
                          salt to taste (if using a low-sodium bacon)
                          dipping sauce (if desired)


                          **This recipe can be scaled however you wish. If using large spears, simply use a ratio of 1⁄2 strip of bacon per spear. If using thin spears, use 1 strip of bacon per 3-4 spear bundle.

                          What you do:

                          1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

                          2. Prep the asparagus by trimming off the tough portion of the spears (generally about the bottom inch) and peeling the stems if you desire.

                          3. Prep the bacon by slicing each strip in half vertically (length-wise), making each into two thinner strips. If you are using thin asparagus spears you don’t need to go through this step, as a full strip of bacon will wrap the entire bundle.

                          4. Wrap the bacon around the asparagus in a spiral starting just beneath the tips.

                          5. If you have a pan grate, place it on a foil-lined cookie or baking sheet with sides, then place the bacon wrapped asparagus on the grate (this will create a less greasy end-product)

                          6. Place the sheet in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is to your desired crispness.

                          7. Remove from the oven and season while hot.

                          8. Serve hot or allow to cool down to room temperature before serving, whichever is your preference.

                          The original recipe and others focusing on asparagus can be found at http://www.allasparagus.com/bacon-wra...

                           
                          1. I second the popcorn idea. This maple-bacon popcorn holds up well and doesn't have to be served immediately:

                            http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes...