Christmas Crack

First I want to congratule Elissa Marcuson for winning the Picky Palate cookbook giveaway from 2 weeks ago! Send me an email at whatsgabycooking (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll make sure the book gets delivered to your front door :) 

It happened. It was inevitable. We all knew it was coming. And it’s here.

The Christmas baking extravaganza has begun. I’ve stocked up on pounds and pounds of butter, flour, white and brown sugar and chocolates. And it’s time to get down to business. We’ve got kitchens to destroy, dishes to dirty, and sweet teeth to satisfy.

Have you ever had Christmas Crack? Wait, back up. Have you even heard of Christmas Crack? I hadn’t heard of it till last week but apparently I’ve been eating it my whole life! I used to called it mix – but Christmas Crack is a way better name right? Big thanks to Bakerella for clueing me into the fab name. I’m also calling it Reindeer Chow. Because it’s basically the easiest thing in the world to chow down on.

It’s basically the most addictive sweet snack on the face of the earth. A combination of cherrios, rice chex, wheat chex, pretzel sticks, M&M’s and white chocolate makes this basically the best thing on earth. My mom’s been making this mix for us for ages, especially during the holiday season because it’s just so gorgeous and festive. I like to make big batches of this and pack it up so I can give it out as gifts around this time of year! Also – FYI – it keeps super well in the freezer. And it’s basically the best feeling ever when I can reach into the freezer and pull out a handful at a moments notice. Ummm yes please. It’s the best thing ever.

And speaking of packing things up in jars – have you seen Shaina’s Desserts in Jars 50 Sweet Treats that Shine cookbook?

It’s gorgeous for starters. And it’s packed with tons of great recipes like Dark Chocolate Hazlenut Pot de Cremes, Cardamom Pear Crisps and Peach-Raspberry Verrines with Lemon-Thyme Cream – they all sound delish don’t they!! It’s pretty much the perfect holiday gift for anyone that loves to be in the kitchen! Today I’m giving away 1 copy for a lucky winner!! And I’ll pick the winner by this Friday evening so we can make sure that it get delivered to your door before the holiday madness is in full force! Just leave a comment below to enter and tell me what your favorite holiday sweet treat is and you’re entered!! Check back Monday am for the winner and it could just be you!!

 And once you’ve entered, make to to make some Christmas Crack. It’s gonna change your life.

Christmas Crack + A Giveaway

Christmas Crack + A Giveaway


  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 1 cups Pretzel Sticks
  • 2-3 cups m&m’s
  • 24 oz White Chocolate (plus an extra 4-8 oz if needed)


  1. In a large bowl (or wok, or giant tupperware or punch bowl) combine the Cheerios, Chex, Pretzels and m&m’s. Mix them up a bit, making sure that everything is evenly distributed.
  2. Meanwhile, over a double boiler, melt the white chocolate according to the directions on the package.
  3. Once the chocolate has melted and is a smooth consistency, drizzle the chocolate over the cereal mix and combine with a wooden spoon. Make sure all the cereal is covered in chocolate. If you need to melt the extra white chocolate to cover all the mix then go right on ahead!
  4. Once the entire batch has been combined, lay it out to dry on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let dry for 4 hours so the chocolate is cooled and hard. Break it into pieces and store in zip top bags or package it up into jars to give out as gifts.

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  1. Chocolate gingerbread cookies are my absolute favorite — and everyone that I make them for loves them!!

  2. Hands down, my favorite Christmas treat is fudge. I just love it and pretty much only allow myself to indulge around Christmas time.

  3. Ha! I love the name, Christmas Crack! I’d say my favourite treat during the holidays are Christmas Spiders (also a weird name). They’re basically chow mein noodles, peanuts covered in melted peanut butter and chocolate. No bake and extremely delicious :)

  4. Favorite holiday treat? That would probably be Swedish Thumbprint cookies–they have a shortbread-like base, rolled in ground almonds, with a dollop of jam (and I use my homemade plum jam in them.)

  5. Favorite holiday treats — cream cheese, coconut macaroon pie, pecan pie, and chocolate pecan pie

  6. I’ve been kind of obsessed with all making lots of sweet & savory nuts…I make them for company but end up eating the leftovers!

  7. My favorite holiday treat would be anything with marzipan in it. Cannot get enough of the marzipan!

  8. Cookies, cookies, cookies. We make so many different recipes during the holidays and take half of what we make to the nursing home in our town. They are loved by everyone!

  9. My favorite holiday dessert is homemade peppermint ice cream and hot fudge sauce. Even on chilly Colorado winter nights it is delicious! Yum!

  10. I’ve been making a version of Christmas Crack for quite a few years now, but never heard it called that! We just refer to it as white chocolate chex mix. Shaina’s book is on my Christmas wish list, so I’d share this one with my Mom if I won. Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. I love this mix (Crack) and it is very addictive, I too put it in jars as gifts. My favorite is decorated sugar cookies.

  12. Ummmm – obviously Christmas Crack. I too have made this and didn’t know its name – we just called it chex mix with goodies.

  13. Besides being with my family for the holidays, my favorite sweet treat is my mom’s Rum Cream Pie! OMG it is good!

  14. My favorite treat for the holidays is baklava! I make it from my grandmother’s recipe with my daughter. It has become one of my favorite holiday traditions.

    Happy Holidays!!

  15. Where do I began? I love sugar cookies and mexican wedding cookies and peppermint hot chocolate just to start. Christmas is my favorite time of the year.

  16. Strufoli Italian honey bals, been asking them with my mom since I was able to walk. Like 30 + years … It’s not Christmas until we rolled, cut, fried and honey soaked 25 big plates full.

  17. Pretty cover on the book. My favorite Christmas treat is my mother-in-law’s fudge. She mails it to us every year!

  18. my favorite / families favorite treat for Christmas are the home made, hand dipped chocolates that I make. I have taken on the tradition from my Mother – she would dip 10’s of thousands every year and gave every piece out (to friends, family, elderly, basically any one she wanted to). I made almost 3000 this year and it’s only my 3rd year doing it. It’s the perfect familiy treat to snack on while (plate with a variety of kinds on the coffee table) we are sitting there watching our fav Christmas movie or reading a story on Christmas Eve wtih the kids and grand kids. I watch and see which one they choose…they all have thier own favorite kind. What a tribute to my parents to keep this going. Hopefully one day, one of my kids will do the same.

  19. Our close family friend makes a platter FULL of yummies every holiday season for my family, including smooth on the outside, but crunchy on the inside, chocolate and peanut butter balls. I always know I will give into them – but definitely look forward to seeing them on that cute new plate she puts them on each year!

  20. I love Buckeyes. I don’t know how they made their way down to my southern family, but they are so yummy!

  21. OMG, I like it all. But most requested is my tiramisu, I use Chocolate Panatone instead of ladyfingers. BTW I had some of this Christmas Crack at a party last week… it’s awesome!

  22. I love having something fruity. Seeing everything is so rich and decadent at this time of the year. I’m planning on making a cranberry pear crisp with toasted coconut on top. Dessert of dreams.

  23. I hope I’m not too late to enter .. not sure what time this ends … I make Nut Goodie Bars every year for Christmas. I guess that would be my favorite holiday treat. That, or the hoe made cake doughnuts I make every year for the last 30-plus years.

  24. My mum’s fruit cake! It’s filled with rum and sultanas and almonds and is so deliciously moist! I love it!

  25. I love to make Snowballs, otherwise known as wedding cookies. Rolled in confectioner’s sugar, they look just like a snowball. Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity to participate.

  26. Any thoughts on how long christmas crack stays “good” once it’s made?

    Trying to figure out when to put it together to give out as gifts :)

    1. I keep it in the freezer for like a month! so as long as it’s stored in an airtight container until you gift it – it’s good to go!

  27. Hi there- I’m making the crack and am wondering if you mean white morsels not white chocolate? I bought all the ingredients and in the baking isle a 24 oz bag of Nestlé white morsels was on sale for $4.80 and each 3 oz bar of white choc was over $3. I got the morsels and am hoping that will work. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

    1. white morsels will totally work!! just melt them according to the package directions and you’re good to go!

  28. I LOVE this stuff!! A friend made it for me a few years ago and I’ve been hooked, but haven’t had time to make it yet this year!! I think my super-favorite holiday sweet treat is Martha Stewart’s Coconut Sandwich Cookies. Vanilla buttercream sandwiched between two coconut cookies, rolled in shredded coconut. I never miss out on making those each year!

  29. This was delicious! I’ve made it twice already. The second time I added green food coloring to the white chocalte as it melted.

  30. Love this, will be making Christmas Crack for neighbour gifts this year. Favourite neighbour gift was last year,s Santa hats from bugles, m& m’s, white chocolate…… Love treats!

  31. Choosing one is the difficult part. My favorite cookies are Great Grandmom’s Almond Crescents, Coconut Macaroons dipped in dark chocolate and Cherry Santa hats stuffed and dipped in dark chocolate.

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