Christmas Crack Chex Mix is seriously addictive and so easy to make in less than 30 minutes with only 5 ingredients. This sweet and salty no bake snack is the perfect blend of white chocolate, pretzels, M&M’s and more.

Bowl of Christmas Crack Chex Mix.
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We have been making Christmas desserts for decades and this is one of my favorites. It is easy and everyone loves its.

More popular desserts include Best Christmas Crack, Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookie, and Christmas Oreos.

What is Christmas Chex mix?

A sweet and savory mix of Chex cereal, Cheerios, M&M’s candy and pretzels coated with white chocolate. The combination is always a crowd pleaser.

Only 5 ingredients and no corn syrup or extra ingredients needed. This is a really easy recipe to make during the holiday season.

Bowl of Christmas Crack Chex Mix.


  • Pretzels – Any type of pretzels will work in this recipe. Try using twists, snaps or sticks. Some people also like bugles added with the pretzels.
  • Cheerios – Plain or multigrain taste delicious.
  • Chex – Rice chex or corn chex cereal work best. You can use one or the other. I have even mixed them both together.
  • Christmas M&M’s -Regular size or mini are great in this recipe.
  • White chocolate – I used Ghirardelli wafers but you can use the brand you prefer. Just make sure to use a high quality chocolate.
Bowl of Christmas Crack Chex Mix.

How to Make Christmas Crack Chex Mix:

  • First, get out a large mixing bowl. You will need plenty of room to mix all of the ingredients.
  • In the large bowl combine the Chex cereal, Cheerios, pretzels and M&M’s together.
  • Next, you will need a microwave safe bowl to melt the white chocolate in. Start by microwaving for 1 minute on medium high heat. Then stir and melt in 30 second increments until fully melted. It is important that you stir in between each interval so the chocolate does not burn or overcook.
  • Once melted, pour the chocolate over the cereal mixture in the bowl. Stir everything together making sure it is coated really good in chocolate.  
  • Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and let it set. It does not take long. Normally in about 15 minutes candy coated chex mix is ready.
Wax paper with Christmas Chex mix on it.
  • Break into smaller pieces if needed. Then store in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Jump to recipe below for full details.

How long does Chex Christmas Mix last?

It will last 3 days stored inside an airtight container on the counter.

You can freeze it and it will last up to 3 months. This actually freezes incredibly well making it perfect for making ahead during the holidays.

Bowl of Christmas Crack Chex Mix.

Can you substitute different cereal?

  • Yes, any type of similar cereal will work. Some ideas include: Golden graham cereal, Life cereal and Lucky Charms. If you prefer traditional chex cereal, any variety will work including rice, corn and wheat.

Christmas Chex mix variations:

  • Nuts– If you like nuts, add a cup of salted peanuts or whatever you prefer to the mix.
  • Sprinkles – Once you pour the mixture on the wax paper, add sprinkles to the top. It will look even more festive.
  • M&M’s – Try using other varieties including peanut butter, hazelnut spread or peanut. Likewise, you can make this year round by using plain M&M’s instead of Christmas. We also make it for Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day and more by substituting the M&M’s. You might also like our regular White Chocolate Chex Mix.

Expert Tips

  • Double the recipe. This snack mix is super easy to double if you plan to host a crowd or hand this out to friends. Just make sure you have a really large bowl.
  • Melting Chocolate – We used a microwave to melt the chocolate but you can also use a double boiler. When using the microwave, make sure to stir after 30 seconds of heating. You do not want the chocolate to burn.
  • Allow to cool. Ensure the cereal mix has properly cooled before storing in containers.
Bowl of Christmas Crack Chex Mix.

How to Store and Freeze:

Store in an airtight container for up to a week and enjoy. Ours never lasts that long though because we eat it quickly.

If you want to make the gluten free Christmas Chex Mix in advance, you can freeze it. Place in a freezer safe container and store in the freezer. When ready to serve, the chex mix is good cold or at room temperature.

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Christmas crack chex mix

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Christmas crack chex mix is so addictive and easy to make in less than 30 minutes. This sweet and salty no bake snack is the perfect treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Allow to set until hardened 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 339


  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 cups plain Cheerios
  • 3 cups Chex rice or corn
  • 1 cup Christmas M&M’s
  • 10 ounces white chocolate I used Ghirardelli wafers


  • In a large bowl, mix the Chex, Cheerios, pretzels and M&M’s.
  • Place the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and then melt in 30 second increments. Make sure you stir in between. (stirring in between).
  • Be careful not to overcook.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the chex mix and stir until well coated.
  • Then pour the chex onto a piece of wax or parchment paper and allow to set until hardened (at least 15 minutes).
  • Store in a zip top bag or covered container. Store on the counter for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 339kcal, Carbohydrates 50g, Protein 5g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 8mg, Sodium 329mg, Potassium 137mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 26g, Vitamin A 161IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 88mg, Iron 3mg

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