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Bugles are included as they are shaped like a horn of plenty, a symbol of our nations abundance. Pretzels are arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country. Candy corn represents the sacrifices of the pilgrims first winter as food was so scarce they survived on just a few kernals of corn a day. Nuts and sunflower seeds are our promise of a future harvest that one will reap if the seeds are planted and tended with diligence. Dried fruits represent the harvest gifts we obtain from our bountiful land. M&M's represent memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future. Chocolate kisses remind us of the love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

Ingredients

2 cups Bugles corn snacks
2 cups small pretzel twists
1 cup candy corn
1 cup dried mixed fruit bits, raisins or dried cranberries
1 cup dry roasted peanuts or sunflower seeds
1 cup chocolate M&M brand candies
1 cup chocolate kisses

Instructions

Using a quart sized wide mouth canning jar, layer ingredients listed above starting with the bugles. Once jar is filled obtain some patriotic or holiday material and cut out a square for a decorative jar lid, or use ribbon to decorate the lid. Makes about 2-1/2 quarts.

Christine Malaski
Davenport



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