Sweeten Up the Holidays With MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES® (Review & Giveaway)

**I received the product featured below free of charge in order to do an honest review. My thoughts are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**

I love candy and MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES® are some of my favorite candies. This holiday season, sweeten it up with these delicious candies. They are also the perfect candy for Holiday recipes.


I was sent the MIKE AND IKE® Merry mix in a 14 0z. bag, MIKE AND IKE® Minion Mix in a 5 oz. box, and HOT TAMALES® to review.

5oz HTC Stocking Stuffer Design 2 HorizontalMI Merry Mix 14ozMIKE AND IKE® Merry Mix comes in a 14 oz bag, perfect for all your home and office holiday parties.  This holiday favorite includes original flavors Lime and Cherry, plus a seasonal flavor, Holiday Punch.  The red and green colors of Merry Mix add even more festiveness to the season.  SRP for Merry Mix is $2.50 – $3.00 for the 14 oz bag.   MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits theater box stocking stuffer comes in a 5 oz box making it an ideal stocking stuffer for all candy lovers on your holiday shopping list.  HOT TAMALES® also offers a 5 oz theater box stocking stuffer of cinnamon candy with holiday themed messaging and graphics on the packaging.  The SRP for the 5 oz boxes of MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits and HOT TAMALES® is $1.00 – $1.39. Both package designs include extra space to add a name for the recipient and sender to truly personalize your delicious candy gift.

 The HOT TAMALES® are one of my favorite candy treats. The delicious cinnamon flavor definitely reminds me of the holidays. Which is why I think the HOT TAMALES® Snickerdoodles would be great to have this holiday season as a special treat or to make for your holiday party.

HOT TAMALES® Snickerdoodles

Servings: 2 dozen


·         1/2 cup (4 oz) HOT TAMALES®Cinnamon Candies, coarsely chopped*

·         1/4 cup (2 oz) salted margarine, softened

·         1/4 cup (2 oz) shortening (I use Spectrum Organic)

·         3/4 cups (5.6 oz) granulated sugar

·         1 egg

·         1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) all-purpose flour

·         1 teaspoon cream of tartar

·         1/2 teaspoon baking soda

·         pinch of salt (increase to 1/4 tsp if using unsalted margarine)

·         4 teaspoons granulated sugar

·         4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

*The best way to chop it is with a lightly oiled knife. 


1.       Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2.       Using an electric mixer, cream together the margarine, shortening and ¾ cups sugar. Add the egg and beat until thoroughly combined.

3.       In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients (except the candy) into the creamed mixture and mix until just combined. Add the chopped candy and mix until the candy is evenly distributed, a few minutes more.

4.       Refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes (this makes it easier to handle).

5.       Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

6.       Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Form dough into balls the size of small walnuts (I use a tablespoon cookie scoop). Roll the balls of cookie dough in the cinnamon sugar.

7.       Place the cookies two inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets in the oven at the halfway point. They are done when they look puffed in the middle and slightly brown at the edges (the tops of the cookies will form cracks). Be careful not to overcook.

8.       Remove cookie sheet from the oven and let cookies sit on it for another minute or so before removing to cooling rack; cookies will flatten out as they cool.

9.       These cookies are best served warm, straight out of the oven, but they can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.

To celebrate the success of the wildly popular movie franchise, MIKE AND IKE® has created a limited edition Minion Mix that will only be available during the holiday season.

MI-MINIONS-StuartMIKE AND IKE® Minion Mix is available in a 5 oz box and comes with 3 different designs on pack – making it a collectable item for every Minion lover. Made with real fruit juice, fans will enjoy the sweet and tasty goodness of Blue Raspberry and Banana flavors.  SRP for the 5 oz box is $1.00 – $1.39. 

If you love MIKE AND IKE® candies, then you will love the MIKE AND IKE® Crispy Rice Cereal Treats recipe.

MIKE AND IKE® Crispy Rice Cereal Treats

Servings: 8



·         1 ½ cups (13 oz) MIKE AND IKE® Original Candies, coarsely chopped*

·         3 tablespoons (1.5 oz, 42g) margarine

·         10 oz (280 g) marshmallows

·         1/2 cup (1.7 oz, 48 g) marshmallow fluff

·         6 cups (5.7 oz, 160g) crisp rice cereal

*The best way to chop it is with a lightly oiled knife. 



1.       Grease a 9 X 13 pan and set aside.

2.       Combine the marshmallows and margarine in a large microwave safe bowl.

3.       Place the cereal and candy in another bowl and toss well to combine. Set aside.

4.       Microwave the marshmallows and margarine for one minute.

5.       Remove from the microwave and stir to combine. If the marshmallows are not fully melted return to the microwave and cook for 30 seconds at a time until they are fully melted.

6.       Stir in the fluff and mix well. Add the candy and cereal mixture and stir until combined.

7.       Turn the mixture out into the prepared pan. Let cool, then cut into squares.

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**Disclosure: I received the products I reviewed free of charge in order to do an honest review. No other compensation was received. My thoughts are 100% my own and others may have different opinions. The prize will be sent out by the sponsor. I am in no way responsible for a winner not receiving their prize, however I will do everything I can to help the winner receive their prize.**


  1. This would be for the whole family. Our kids love to snack on candy after school, so these are perfect for that.

  2. My son is a big Mike & Ike fan so I’d give these to him

  3. DD x2 and DH love these

  4. I would love to win this to share with my family.
    Thank you!

  5. I’d share with the family!

  6. ColleenMarie says:

    I would like to win these for my kids!

  7. My husband would love these! He’s a candy fanatic.

  8. Michelle R says:

    My husband and I both love Hot Tamales, so this would be for the both of us!!

  9. Ann Fantom says:

    I would like to win this for my daughter.

  10. This would probably be for my husband. I like these candies too but he loves them.

  11. Sharon Howard says:

    I want to win for my 3 grandchildren because I Love Mike & Ike Hot Tamales and want my grandchildren to Love them too!!

  12. Corey Olomon says:

    I LOVE Hot Tamales!

  13. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I would love to win it for my whole family.

  14. Would love to win this for my candy dish! 😉

  15. I would love to win this for my family.

  16. Teresa C. says:

    My nephew would love these!

  17. I would love to win this for my girlfriend, she loves Mike & Ikes.

  18. Susan Smith says:

    I would love to win this for my family

  19. I want to win for my husband. He loves this candy!

  20. Donna Jacoby says:

    I would like to win this for my son. Thank you for the giveaway!

  21. I love the sound of the Jolly Joes! Yum!

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  22. I’d like to win for myself!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  23. Jennifer Reed says:

    I would win this for my husband who loves Mike and Ikes.

  24. I want to win it for myself.

  25. Charlene S. says:

    I’d love to win this for my son 🙂

  26. Brenda Elsner says:

    I want to win this for myself.

  27. If I can hide it from the kids, it would be for me. Thank you

  28. Mike & Ike for me and Hot tamales for my son.

  29. This would be for the family.

  30. Melissa Shirley says:

    I would love to win this for my son who loves all these kinds of candies.

  31. Amy Deeter says:

    i would love to win this for my children and husband

  32. Kathy Pease says:

    I would love to win this for my son

  33. Barb Stenby says:

    would love to win for my husband he loves candy

  34. Austin Baroudi says:

    I want to win this for my daughter!

  35. Paula Tavernie says:

    I would love this for myself and the grandkids!!

  36. I’d love to win this for everyone in my house. lol We are big Mike & Ike fans.

  37. Michelle Tucker says:

    I’d like to win it for me. I love hot tamales. 🙂

  38. I would love to win this for my friend!

  39. I would love to win this for my teenager who loves mike and ike and the hot tamales would be for me

  40. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would like to win this for our family to share.

  41. I would win it for myself!!

  42. My family would just love these candies…. especially me. 🙂

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