This is the most addicting Christmas Chex Mix EVER thanks to that salty-sweet combo I just can’t leave alone! It’s loaded with pretzels, dried cranberries, and M&M’s all coated in white chocolate.
It’s extra dangerous because this Chex mix recipe is made in less than 10 minutes in the MICROWAVE! It literally doesn’t get any easier than this, my friends!
Why in the world would you name a holiday snack mix something like “Christmas Crack Chex” or “Christmas Trash Chex Mix”? Ummm, this stuff is insanely ADDICTING…like I could/do eat the entire batch in minutes which is why it’s called “crack”. I cannot leave it alone! It’s also full of odds and ends that are lurking around in the pantry which is why it’s called trash.
It really doesn’t matter what you call it! Just make a big batch for the holidays and thank me later!
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
- 10 Minutes! That’s how much time it takes to make a batch. Plus, a couple mintutes of cooling time if you can contain yourself for that long!
- Easy! This is a microwave recipe. It’s a perfect recipe to make with the kids!
- Customizable! Don’t like cranberries? Leave them out and add extra peanuts! Make it exactly the way your family likes!
- Freezable! Make it ahead of time, before the Christmas season gets too busy and freeze it for later.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CHRISTMAS CRACK:
You’ll need super easy, pantry-type ingredients for this recipe. I’ll give you a few suggestions for substituting if you need to.
- Chex Cereal: I like using corn or rice Chex. You could use a combination of the two, or substitue part of the Chex cereal with Cheerios.
- White Chocolate: Use high quality chocolate. You can use almond bark, or white chocolate chips.
- Pretzels: Sticks, bows, or squares. Salted are best!
- Mini Marshmallows
- Peanuts: Or mixed nuts
- Candy Coated Chocolate: M&Ms are my go to. I love switching it up for the holidays.
STEP 1: Measure cereal, peanuts, pretzels, and marshmallows. Set aside. Add chocolate to a large, microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 1-minute intervals at half power, stirring after each minute. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Watch it closely so it doesn’t burn.
STEP 2: Add cereal, peanuts, marshmallows, and pretzels to the white chocolate. Gently stir until combined.
STEP 3: Add M&Ms and toss one more time to incorporate.
STEP 4: Spread chocolate-coated Chex mix on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with extra M&Ms if you want. Adding them after keeps their bright colors, but they aren’t “stuck” in the Chex Mix. I like to do a combination of both.
It’s really easy to substitute the listed ingredients for other ingredients you love or already have on hand. Just be sure to keep the amounts the same. For example, this recipe calls for 7 cups of Chex. You can add more than one kind of cereal as long as when they are combined they total 7 cups. I really like adding dried cranberries instead of all marshmallows.
Yes! It will keep up to 3 months in a freezer bag or container. Remove as much air as possible before freezing. Some people like it even better when it’s frozen!
Of course! Use your favorites! Chex works really well because the chocolate sticks to the ridges in the cereal.
OTHER EASY CHRISTMAS CANDY RECIPES:
There are actually two different kinds of Christmas crack. One is Christmas Crack Chex mix, which is this recipe made with cereal and white chocolate. The other kind of holiday crack is made with saltine crackers and a butter/brown sugar mix. They’re equally as addicting! It’s gotta be the salty sweet combo!
Here’s a list of a few of my favorite super EASY candy recipes for the holidays!
- 20 Minute Christmas Crack
- Peppermint Bark Christmas Crack
- 5 Minute Caramel Bugles (microwave)
- Microwave Caramels
- Cinnamon Bear Fudge
- Graham Cracker Toffee Bark
- White Chocolate Cranberry Popcorn
White Chocolate Christmas Crack
- 24 ounces white chocolate chips
- 7 cups Chex
- 2 cups pretzels
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 2 cups peanuts
- 2 cups M&M’s
- 1 cup dried cranberries optional
- Measure cereal, peanuts, pretzels, and marshmallows in a seperate bowl. Gently toss.
- Add white chocolate to a large, microwave-safe mixing bowl. Melt in the microwave in one-minute intervals at half power. Stir after each interval. Repeat until the chocolate is smooth. This takes me about 2-3 minutes.
- Add measured cereal, pretzels, peanuts, and marshmallows. Gently stir to coat with chocolate.
- Add M&Ms. Gently toss. (I wait to add them until the last so they keep their bright color.) You can also save a few and sprinkle them on top of the mix after it's spread on a baking sheet.
- Spread mix on a parchment-lined baking sheet.