Christmas Candy is always a hit with everyone on your list and with Christmas right around the corner, I bet you need a quick and easy recipe! Do you still have gifts to make and no time to make them? Maybe for neighbors, teachers, friends or even have a fun little take-home gift for guests. Well, I have the perfect no bake…whip it up in under 15 minutes…totally delicious and addicting…treat for you to make…Christmas Candy Crunch!
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We are a snack loving family. Honestly, I don’t really know a family that isn’t. So when I whip up a batch of this Christmas Candy Crunch, it can only mean 2 things – we are preparing to give delicious gifts for Christmas to family and friends or we are getting ready for a movie marathon. Inspired by the Candy Corn Crunch for Halloween, this super easy recipe only takes 5 ingredients and about 15 minutes of time. And it’s similar to our Luck of the Irish Party Mix for St. Patrick’s Day.
One of the best things about this snack mix is that you can use whatever ingredients you like. The base for the recipe is Chex cereal and the “glue” holding all the ingredients together are melted white chocolate almond bark or you can also use white chocolate chips. Then the added ingredients are totally up to you. I used mini pretzels, Reese’s mini peanut butter cups and festive M&M’s candy.
Christmas Candy Crunch
- Chex Cereal – Corn or Rice is best, or a combination of the two, like I used
- Mini Peanut Butter Cups – be sure they are a smallest ones that come unwrapped, it’s easier that way
- Pretzels – mini are best, I used Snyder’s Itty Bitty Minis
- Festive M&M’s – red and green, or any color you like
- White Almond Bark – you can also use white chocolate chips. Almond Bark does melt a little easier than chips.
Kitchen Essentials Needed
- Very large mixing bowl
- Measuring Cup
- Rubber Spatula
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Small Microwave Safe Bowl
How to make Christmas Candy Crunch
- Gather your ingredients. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You will want everything ready because this recipe will move quickly
- Add all of the ingredients to a very large bowl.
- Melt almond bark in the microwave. Start with 1 minute, then stir, then heat in 10 second intervals, stirring after each heating. Stop when there are a few pieces remaining, then stir until they are completely melted and the chocolate is smooth.
- Pour melted white chocolate over the mixture and stir well to coat completely
- Spread mixture onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Let sit about 5-10 minutes to set.
- Break pieces apart. Enjoy!
Whether you are getting ready for a cookie exchange, putting together gifts for teachers, neighbors or co-workers, or just setting out snacks for holiday entertaining, this Christmas Candy Crunch is perfect!
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- 4 cups Chex cereal, rice or corn is best
- 2 cups Pretzels, mini twists are best
- 1/2 cup Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups, more if you like
- 1 cup M&M's candy
- 4 blocks White Almond Bark or 1 cup White chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet with Parchment Paper
- Combine all ingredients except almond bark in a large bowl and toss
- Place almond bark in a microwave safe bowl and heat 1 minute, stir. Continue heating in 10 second intervals and stir, until a few small pieces are left, then stir until completely smooth
- Pour melted chocolate over mixture and stir well until coated
- Spread mixture onto baking sheet and let set about 10 minutes
- Break in pieces
The extra ingredients added are very versatile, add as many or as little as you like. The more you add, you may need to increase the amount of melted chocolate to hold it together though.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 208mg Carbohydrates: 41g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 23g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
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