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5 Minute Valentine’s Day Crack

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Valentine’s Day Crack is a 5 minute, quick and easy, sweet and salty Chex snack mix that’s easy for last-minute Valentine treats and pretty enough for gifts. Perfect in pink and red for the season!

Valentine's Day Crack in a white bowl with pretzels, Chex cereal and M&Ms

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There’s something about Valentine’s Day that simply calls for sweet treats, chocolate, and all things pretty.

As well as gifts from the heart.

Whether that be for your valentine, your kids, coworkers, or the sweet neighbor who needs a bright spot in their day.

This Valentine’s Day Crack is perfect for snacking… and gifting.

Much like our 5 Minute Christmas Crack, or Fall Crack, this Valentine seasonal spin is an easy way to celebrate in February.

Valentine's Day Crack with XO pretzels in a white bowl

5 Minute Valentine’s Day Crack: Chex Mix Recipe

All you need is five minutes, a few festive ingredients — and a container to put it in.

So simple that even small children can help with this one.

Perfect for homemade hostess gifts, or simply to bless someone you know who could use a friend this month.

Package in jars or cellophane wrappers, or even decorated lunch sacks.

This quick-fix sweet and salty Chex Mix recipe is made with a combination of Rice Chex, Corn Chex, pretzels, mini marshmallows, M&M’s, chocolate hearts, and white chocolate.

It makes a big batch. So be prepared to pass it around — or cut the recipe in half if it’s for a small group.

Ingredients for Valentine's Day Crack in a glass bowl

Valentine’s Day Crack Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this sweet and salty snack (specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the very bottom of this post):

  • Chex Mix Cereal (I like Rice Chex, but use a combination or your favorite cereal)
  • Pretzels (mini twists work great or I love the XO Pretzels I bought at Target but they also have at Amazon.
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Valentine’s Day colored M&Ms
  • White chocolate for melting
  • Chocolate Hearts (I like Reese’s Pink hearts, but chocolate hearts are super cute too)
  • Seasonal sprinkles (optional)

How to Make Valentine’s Day Crack

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

STEP 1: MELT THE CHOCOLATE

Meanwhile, over a double boiler or in the microwave, melt the white chocolate according to package instructions.

STEP 2: COMBINE

Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, drizzle it over the cereal mix, pretzels, marshmallows, and M&Ms. Combine with a spoon, spatula, or your hands. Be sure the cereal mixture is evenly coated with chocolate. Melt more white chocolate if needed!

Valentine's Day Crack drying on a sheet pan

STEP 3: LET DRY AND HARDEN

Spread the mixture onto a large sheet of parchment or wax paper and scatter Valentine’s Day sprinkles over the crack if desired. Let dry and harden for a few minutes or up to an hour.

Break it into bite-size pieces and store it in airtight containers or baggies for up to 1 week.

MORE EASY SNACK IDEAS

Valentine's Day Crack in a white bowl with a glass jar for gifting
Valentine's Day Crack in a white bowl with pretzels, Chex cereal and M&Ms

5 Minute Valentine's Crack

Yield: 10 to 12 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Valentine's Day Crack is a 5 minute, quick and easy, sweet and salty Chex snack mix that's easy for last-minute Valentine treats and pretty enough for gifts. Perfect in pink and red for the season!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Rice Chex
  • 4 cups Corn Chex
  • 1 cup pretzel mini twists (or XO Pretzels)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2-3 cups Valentine colored M&Ms
  • 10 to 12 Reese's Pink Hearts
  • 24 oz white chocolate for melting
  • sprinkles for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the cereal, pretzels, marshmallows, M&M's. Mix them up a bit to evenly distribute.
  2. Meanwhile, over a double boiler 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, pretzels, marshmallows, and M&Ms. Combine with a spoon, spatula, or your hands. Be sure the cereal mixture is evenly coated with chocolate. Melt a little more if needed.
  4. Spread the mixture onto a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let dry and harden for a few minutes. While it hardens, scatter some seasonal sprinkles for extra flair. Break it into bite-size pieces, combine with the larger Reese's Pink Heart (if using), and store it in airtight containers or baggies for up to 1 week.

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