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Christmas Chex Mix

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Sweet and salty with a rich, satisfying crunch, this homemade Christmas Chex mix is the best treat to make for the holidays.
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  1. Christmas Chex Mix Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Christmas Chex Mix Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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With an irresistible mix of sweet and salty, this homemade Christmas Chex mix is one of the best treats to enjoy during the holidays. Made with Chex cereal, pretzels, Bugles, white chocolate, and Christmas candy, it’s loaded with festive colors and flavors that you’ll love.

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Christmas Chex Mix Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 (12-ounce) boxes of Chex cereal, I used rice and wheat (one 12-ounce box of each)
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag of Snyder’s sourdough pretzel nibblers
  • 1 (7.5-ounce) bag of Bugles
  • 2 boxes of white CandiQuik
  • 1 cup Christmas mini M&M’s, divided in half
  • 1 bag of Starlight peppermints, about 30 divided in half
  • ½ cup holiday sprinkles, divided in half

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CEREAL: You can use any combination of Chex cereal you’d like, whether rice, wheat, or corn Chex. You could also use Cheerios or Shreddies. 

MIX-INS: You can add mini marshmallows as well to the Christmas snack mix. Some people like to add dried fruit, coconut, peanuts, pretzel twists, or dark chocolate as well.

DRIZZLE: Instead of the white CandiQuik, you could drizzle it with melted chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.

How To Make This Christmas Chex Mix Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This festive snack will disappear fast. Consider making a double batch to ensure you have enough!

STEP ONE: Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

STEP TWO: In a Ziploc bag, crush the peppermints using a hammer or meat mallet.

mints crushed in a zip loc bag

STEP THREE: In a very large mixing bowl, combine the two kinds of Chex cereal, Bugles, and pretzels. Use two large spoons and gently mix.

PRO TIP:

Don’t overmix when stirring the cereal mixture in the bowl; you don’t want to break the Chex cereal.

pretzel, bugles and chex mix mixed together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Remove half of the cereal mixture and set aside, leaving the remaining half in the very large bowl. You are going to work in two batches.

STEP FIVE: Melt one package of the CandiQuik according to the package instructions.

PRO TIP:

Have your M&M’s, crushed peppermints, and sprinkles ready to add to the mixture as soon as the white chocolate is melted.

STEP SIX: Drizzle about ¼ of the melted white chocolate over the cereal. Quickly sprinkle the M&M’s, peppermints, and candy sprinkles (1 tablespoon at a time) over the cereal. Mix gently using two large spoons.

candiquick, m&m's, peppermints and candy sprinkled over the chex mix

STEP SEVEN: Repeat this step two to three times, pouring the melted CandiQuik and then quickly sprinkling M&M’s, peppermints, and sprinkles, then mixing. Do this until you have used all of one package of CandiQuik and half of the M&Ms, peppermints, and sprinkles.

STEP EIGHT: Dump this batch onto your prepared baking sheet, letting it completely cool.

pour out mix on a cookie sheet

STEP NINE: Repeat the above steps for the second batch.

How To Serve

This Chex mix Christmas crack makes a great snack during the holiday season. Serve it with homemade hot chocolate or crockpot peppermint hot chocolate. This treat also makes a great gift in individual bags tied with a festive holiday ribbon.

Try our slow cooker Chex mix and gingerbread Chex mix as well. 

Storage

AT ROOM TEMPERATURE: You can store this salty snack in an airtight container or in gallon-size bags. This recipe yields two gallon-size bags. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Store this sweet Chex mix recipe in a freezer bag and place it in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.

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You’ll love the satisfying crunch and delicious sweet and salty flavor of this decadent, easy homemade Christmas crack Chex mix. The perfect snack to make and share at this year’s holiday party. It’s also a great DIY edible gift idea to share with friends, neighbors, and teachers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I add other ingredients to this Christmas mix snack?

This festive holiday snack mix is very flexible. Add or omit whichever ingredients you’d like, and it will still be a very tasty treat.

Can I freeze this easy recipe?

This easy Chex party mix recipe can be frozen for up to two months stored in an airtight container.

Can I store this on the counter or in the fridge?

This easy Christmas Chex mix recipe can be safely stored for up to one week in an airtight container on the counter.

Are there other names for these Christmas goodies?

You may know this treat by a different name, such as reindeer chow, Christmas puppy chow, or muddy buddies.

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Christmas Chex Mix

5 from 4 votes
Sweet and salty with a rich, satisfying crunch, this homemade Christmas Chex mix is the best treat to make for the holidays.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

  • 24 ounces Chex cereal, I used rice and wheat (one 12-ounce box of each)
  • 16 ounces Snyder’s sourdough pretzel nibblers
  • 7.5 ounces Bugles
  • 2 boxes white CandiQuik
  • 1 cup Christmas mini M&M's, divided in half
  • 1 bag Starlight peppermints, about 30 divided in half
  • ½ cup Christmas sprinkles, divided in half

Instructions
 

  • Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a Ziploc bag, crush the peppermints using a hammer or meat mallet.
  • In a very large mixing bowl, combine the two kinds of Chex cereal, Bugles, and pretzels. Use two large spoons and gently mix.
  • Remove half of the cereal mixture and set aside, leaving the remaining half in the very large bowl. You are going to work in two batches.
  • Melt one package of the CandiQuik according to the package instructions.
  • Drizzle about ¼ of the melted white chocolate over the cereal. Quickly sprinkle the M&M's, peppermints, and candy sprinkles (1 tablespoon at a time) over the cereal. Mix gently using two large spoons.
  • Repeat this step two to three times, pouring the melted CandiQuik and then quickly sprinkling M&M's, peppermints, and sprinkles, then mixing. Do this until you have used all of one package of CandiQuik and half of the M&Ms, peppermints, and sprinkles.
  • Dump this batch onto your prepared baking sheet, letting it completely cool.
  • Repeat the above steps for the second batch.

Notes

  • This festive snack will disappear fast. Consider making a double batch to ensure you have enough!
  • Don’t overmix when stirring the cereal mixture in the bowl; you don’t want to break the Chex cereal.
  • Have your M&M’s, crushed peppermints, and sprinkles ready to add to the mixture as soon as the white chocolate is melted.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. Gloria says

    5 stars
    This stuff is the best — absolutely delicious! I make a bunch of it and put in containers so we can munch while we play games.

    • Lexus Monroe, Editorial Assistant says

      Hi Jenn – I am going to paste the storage instructions in below!

      IN ROOM TEMPERATURE: You can store in an airtight container or in gallon size bags. This recipe yields two gallon-size bags. Store in room temperature for up to 3 days.

      IN THE FREEZER: Store Chex mix in an air-tight plastic bag and place in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.