Christmas Crack (aka Chex Christmas Mix)

Rating:

Total Time:

10 minutes

Difficulty:

Easy

It’s that time of year – time for to keep the freezer stocked with Christmas Crack so there’s a little somethin’ somethin’ on hand when the sweet tooth strikes. It’s Chex Christmas Mix and I am READY for it.

White Chocolate Christmas Crack from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Have you ever had Christmas Crack / Chex Christmas Mix? Wait, back up. Have you even heard of Christmas Crack? It goes by many names but bottom line – it’s delicious. In the Dalkin household growing up it was just plain old mix. Someone nicknamed it Christmas Crack back in culinary school. And Thomas frequently references Chex Christmas Mix when he needs a batch. Bottom line – doesn’t matter what you call it – it’s EVERYTHING.

White Chocolate Christmas Crack from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

It’s a sweet and salty snack made with a combination of cherrios, rice chex, wheat chex, pretzel sticks, M&M’s and white chocolate. Image trail mix on steroids – it’s EVERYTHING. 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.

White Chocolate Christmas Crack from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

White Chocolate Christmas Crack from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Chex Christmas Mix 101:

  • Q: What is Chex Christmas Mix?
    A: It’s a sweet and salty snack made with a combination of cherrios, rice chex, wheat chex, pretzel sticks, M&M’s and white chocolate
  • Q: How long does it take to make Chex Christmas Mix?
    A: It takes about 10 minutes – the same amount of time to melt white chocolate and mix everything together!
  • Q: Can you sub different cereals in Chex Christmas Mix?
    A: Absolutely. Any chex cereals are fantastic. You can even add nuts to the mixture if you dig it.
  • Q: How do you store Chex Christmas Mix / can you freeze Chex Christmas Mix?
    A: 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.
  • Q: How long does Chex Christmas Mix last?
    A: This is a trick question. In my house, it lasts no more than a few days. But if you freeze it… it can last up to 4 weeks.

For other fun Chex Mix Recipes…

Christmas Crack

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Description:

By:
Gaby Dalkin
Rating:
Servings:
12
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
5 minutes
Total Time:
10 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the Cheerios, Chex, Pretzels and m&m’s. Mix them up a bit, making sure that everything is evenly distributed.
  • Meanwhile, over a double boiler, melt the white chocolate according to the directions on the package.
  • Once the chocolate has melted and is a smooth consistency, drizzle the chocolate over the cereal mix and combine with a wooden spoon or hands. 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!
  • Once the entire batch has been combined, lay it out to dry on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let dry for 1 hour so the chocolate is cooled and hard. Break it up into medium pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
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297 comments

  1. Sarah

    It says “cherrios” in the 2nd paragraph. Just FYI. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Victoria Baughman

      OMG I don’t even like white chocolate and this is amazing!!!

  2. Laura

    This looks great, quick question, doesn’t the cereal and pretzels get soggy if kept in the fridge?

    • Alyssa M Worth

      I’ve never had that happen, and I make a double batch and freeze/refrigerate it throughout the season and bring it along to events or get togethers.

    • Emily

      Yes! Tastes delicious, it just doesn’t look as Christmas-y.

    • Gaby

      I’d use dark chocolate. Marshmallow wouldn’t be the same

  3. Jill Rightmier

    Made it! Hope I have enough chocolate on it. I found some Lindt white chocolate coconut bars and they are sooooo good. Would be killer on this!

  4. Judy Gullikson

    My granddaughter loves this , when she was pregnet with her twins I made her a double batch

  5. Heather

    Hi Gaby, i want to mail this with a Christmas present, will it get soggy being in transit too long?
    thanks 🙂

    • Gaby

      nope! just make sure it’s TOTALLY dry before you pack it up. In fact, I’d freeze it before you ship it

  6. Teresa

    Tried your Christmas Crack this morning for some little gifts. I forgot to pick up pretzels so I used dry roasted peanuts. Before it got completely set-up I tried it and it was a little too sweet for me. So I fixed that with sprinkling some coarse sea salt over the top. Solved that issue. Very easy to make.

  7. Jennifer

    So so good! Made this without the pretzels because I didn’t have any on hand and it was still amazing. Might be making this all year long!

  8. Colleen

    I was wondering because I am giving as gifts and it will not be refrigerated. Wanted to make sure that was not necessary even though that is the best way to eat it.

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  10. Deb Riddgeway

    I have been making this for years only slightly different.
    Add 2 c dry roasted peanuts and up the pretzel sticks
    to 2 c. broken into thirds.
    And, yes, everyone in my family calls it Christmas crack!
    Only difference is I never have any left to freeze.

  11. Sher Shepps

    Made this for our Christmas Ships party and to give neighbors as gifts. It was a big hit! Thanks for this – pretty, too.

  12. Beth

    Do you add extra m&ms at the end? Your m&ms in the picture look right out of the package. Mine are all covered in white chocolate.

  13. Maureen LaGrandeur

    I don’t own a double boiler. Any tips for melting the chocolate another way – I’m horrible at it! Thanks!

    • Sarah Spragg

      Do you have a stainless steel bowl that is a little better than your sauce pan?

  14. Sarah Spragg

    Hey Gaby, this looks delicious! I’m wondering if this would ship well packed in something airtight. I’m making my sister in law a hot cocoa care pack and want to make the shipping worth it so looking for things to put in with it.

    • Gaby

      I’ve shipped it before – I just bubble wrap it so it doesn’t fall apart and then I try to overnight or 2-day it so they can stick it in their freezer asap and keep it crispy!

  15. Kelly Reenders

    Gaby, I just made this and did the slow microwave technique to melt the chocolate, of course it seized up, but fixed it (not ideally) with some boiling water. If you go live On IG you might help us with tricks if the chocolate gets to hot! Thanks and can’t wait to pop it in the freezer once it’s set.

  16. Monika

    5 stars
    This is my favorite thing to have sitting out when people drop over. I have to restrain myself or I would eat the entire batch!!

  17. Maddie

    Gaby, I have made this and everyone’s cannot stop eating it!!! I want to make it today but all I have are Cheerios cinnamon oat crunch. Should i use it or make a trip to the store to get plain Cheerios?

  18. lauren

    I watched your IGTV video on how to make this and can’t wait! Question, though, my daughter have a severe nut allergy and can’t have m&ms …any suggestions on another candy to use that would be a good substitute?

    THANKS! Merry, Merry!

  19. Carrie DeCastro

    Hi. I am going to make this as gifts. Do I first freeze it in a ziplock bag and then when ready to pack up, put into container? Also, what is the oz size glass container shown in photo or the one you recommend for packing in gifts?

    • Gaby

      you can use any size container that works! Just make sure it’s frozen as much as possible because that’s when it’s most delish. Otherwise room temp is totally fine

  20. Jeanette

    5 stars
    OMG, I just made this today. It is so delicious!!! I don’t know if it will make it on the plane in 2 days to go visit my family!

  21. Katrina Stein

    Just want to say how much I enjoy your website, IG feed and stories! I watched you IG story and would like to make this for an upcoming party- but in Vancouver, Canada we don’t have access to all these varieties of Chex; I only have been able to find rice Chex. Should I only use the one option and triple the amount or are there other cereals that you would suggest that I can use to replace the corn and wheat for flavour and textures? Your recipes make me oh so happy <3

    • Gaby

      you can just use the rice chex and and triple the amount!! xx

  22. Denise

    5 stars
    Easy, fun and delicious. I’ll be making this with my grandchildren for Christmas snacks.

  23. Kate

    4 stars
    Living abroad made it hard to find all the ingredients… But made the best of it and it’s sooo yummmmm!

  24. Antoinette

    Hi Gaby.. question.. when I store Christmas crack In a bag for the freezer should I take out as much air as I can from the bag?

    • Gaby

      Ya!! But it’s okay if there’s some in there! It’s unavoidable!