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5 Minute Christmas Crack: A Simple Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Snack

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‘Tis the season for sweet and salty, and easy. This simple Christmas Crack recipe, or Christmas Chex Mix, can be made in 5 minutes or less — and is incredibly tasty. Does it get better than that? Not during the holidays!

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5 Minute Christmas Crack/Christmas Chex Mix

Five minutes, few ingredients — and so good, it’s almost addictive.

And festive? Did I mention that? Chock full of Christmas green, red, and white. Perfect for gifts, unexpected guests, or just for munching while watching your favorite Christmas movie.

This quick-fix sweet and salty snack is made with a combination of Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, pretzel sticks, mini marshmallows, M&M’s, and white chocolate. It makes a big batch… and is perfect for storing in the refrigerator and yes, even in the freezer!

Christmas Chex Mix Ingredients

Specific measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here is a list of what you’ll need:

  • Chex cereal (I used Rice Chex and Wheat Chex)
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Red and Green M&Ms
  • White Chocolate for melting

How to Make Christmas Chex Mix

In a large bowl, combine the cereal, pretzels, marshmallows, and M&Ms. Mix them up a bit to evenly distribute.

Step 1: Melt Chocolate

Meanwhile, over a double boiler or bain-marie, melt the white chocolate according to its package instructions.

Step 2: Coat the Chex Mix

Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, drizzle it over the cereal mix and combine it with a spoon or even your hands. Be sure the cereal mixture is evenly coated with chocolate. Melt a little more white chocolate if needed!

Step 3: Let Dry

Spread the mixture onto a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let dry for an hour or so until the chocolate is cool and hardened. Break it into pieces and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

How to Store Christmas Chex Mix

Store Christmas Crack in an airtight container at room temperature for several days to a week. Freezer for longer storage!

How to Freeze Christmas Chex Mix

I store it in an air-tight plastic bag in the freezer. I actually like it best right out of the freezer – and this way it lasts forever and doesn’t go stale.

Christmas Chex Mix Tips Tricks

Can you swap in a different cereal instead of Chex cereal?

Absolutely! Use whatever cereal you like best– and get creative by adding in extras too– like nuts or other sweet and salty snacks.

How long will Christmas Chex Mix last?

Chex mix tastes best at its freshest– within 2-3 days of making. But, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week, or in the freezer, in a freezer-safe container or bag, for up to 3 months!

Is Christmas Chex Mix gluten-free?

You can absolutely make this mix gluten-free by avoiding wheat Chex and adding GF pretzels!

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5 Minute Christmas Crack Chex Mix

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Tis the season for sweet and salty, and easy. This simple Christmas Crack can be made in 5 minutes or less -- and is incredibly tasty. Does it get better than that?

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Rice Chex
  • 4 cups Wheat Chex
  • 1 cup Pretzel Sticks
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 2-3 cups M&M's
  • 24 oz White Chocolate for melting

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the cereal, pretzels, marshmallows, and M&Ms. Mix them up a bit to evenly distribute.
  2. Meanwhile, over a double boiler, bain-marie, or in the microwave, melt the white chocolate according to package instructions.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, drizzle it over the cereal mix and combine it with a spoon or even your hands. Be sure the cereal mixture is evenly coated with chocolate. Melt a little more white chocolate if needed!
  4. Spread the mixture onto a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let dry for an hour or so, until the chocolate is cool and hardened. Break it into easy pieces and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

Storing

This recipe does not need to be refrigerated, but will keep longer in the fridge, or in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.

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12 Comments

  1. Instead of wheat chex I used cinnamon toast crunch smores cereal a!omg with rice chex. I also used mini pretzel twists divided and added one.cup of salted cocktail peanuts. I separated in two bowls and also increased the white chips to 30 oz three bags and divided them to one and one half per bowls carefully mixed it and let it set… Yummy…Linda from Brea ca.

    1. That sounds amazing! The Cinnamon Toast Crunch is brilliant. Iโ€™m so glad you enjoyed itโ€” thank you for sharing your adaptations!

  2. Does the Christmas Crack need to be refrigerated? I would like to mail this to family members and it will take a couple days to get there.

    1. Hi Betsy! The Christmas Crack does not have to be refrigerated — and should ship very well. Be sure to pack it in an airtight container or bag.

    1. Yes! The ingredient measurements are in a recipe card at the very bottom of the post. I used 4 cups of Rice Chex and 4 cups of Wheat Chex (use your favorite blend). Then you will need about 1 cup of pretzels. I used the sticks.

  3. I’m like Ellie Do you put the marshmallows mix before you pour the chocolate or after you pour the chocolate over the mixture

    1. Hi Tonya — stir the marshmallows in with the cereal, pretzels, and M&Ms. I’ve updated the instructions — thanks so much for your question!

  4. Takes longer than 5 minutes, more like 15. Wii use different chocolate next time. Did not melt as expected. Or may try some other to pour over. Still, end result is addictive!

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