Christmas Snack Mix

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Here’s a delicious addictive Christmas Snack Mix that is perfect for the holidays! This  mix is filled with cereal, pretzels, M&M’s, and coated in melted white chocolate. No baking required.

Serve this Christmas snack mix as a snack or dessert for your holiday celebrations! Some of our other favorite Christmas treats: Christmas oreo pops, reindeer chow, and peppermint bark brownie cookies.

Overhead image of the Christmas Snack Mix
The holidays are busy and you might not always have the time to make chewy chocolate chip cookies from scratch or this brownie trifle, but this white chocolate Christmas snack mix?! There is definitely time for this; it can be ready in about 15 minutes total!

It’s totally addictive, sweet, and looks oh-so festive. It’s also so easy to customize! You can change up ingredients to based  personal preferences as long as the quantities remain fairly consistent. 

Overhead image of the ingredients in Christmas Snack Mix.

How to make Christmas Snack Mix

  1. Combine Ingredients: Use a large bowl to mix all the ingredients. The bigger the bowl, the easier it will be for everything to get an even coating of white chocolate.
    • Note on ingredients: This mix is best when made with ingredients that are about the same size. While most of the ingredients are similar sizes, regular-sized pretzels can easily overpower everything else; use itty bitty pretzels or mini pretzel rods. If you get the mini rods, break them in half!
  2. Melt White Chocolate: Microwave the chocolate until melted and then immediately toss it with the mix. White chocolate has a tendency to harden quickly, so work fast. 
  3. Transfer the mix: Spread on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan to finish hardening.
  4. Let harden: Let the Christmas snack mix stand at room temperature to harden. If you’re in a rush, refrigerate it for about 10-20 minutes. Break apart and enjoy or package it up for a simple homemade Christmas gift!

Image of the melted white chocolate being poured over the Christmas Snack Mix.

Tips for melting white chocolate

  • Use high-quality white chocolate for best results. Good chocolate provides a better melt and a better flavor. (My favorite chocolate for this Christmas Sack Mix is Ghirardelli® or Guittard®.) Nestle® will also provide good results.
  • The best tip I have for avoiding burned white chocolate? Stir the chocolate often during the melting process (every 30 seconds) and stir it for at least 20-25 seconds in between each microwave burst. Remember,  the chocolate is still melting even outside of the microwave.
  • Don’t allow any liquid near the white chocolate.  If the chocolate gets wet it, will seize and harden.
  • Work quickly: White chocolate hardens quickly, so mix it with the other ingredients immediately after it is fully melted.

Image of the white chocolate on the ingredients for this Christmas Snack Mix

Christmas Snack Mix storage tips

  • Store Christmas Snack Mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. We like this snack mix best within 2-4 days.
  • You can freeze any leftover snack mix in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 3 months; thaw at room temperature.

Variations

  • Add some festive Christmas-colored sprinkles to the mix.
  • Replace some of the cereal with plain popcorn.
  • Use chocolatecovered pretzels instead of plain pretzels.
  • Add in mini marshmallows (just make sure to eat the mix the same day!)
  • Replace the holiday M&M’s with holiday (red and green) Cadbury® egg candies

Overhead image of Christmas Snack Mix.

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Christmas Snack Mix

5 from 1 vote
A delicious addictive Christmas Snack Mix is perfect for the holidays! This snack mix is filled with cereal, pretzels, M&M's, and coated in melted white chocolate. No baking required.
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Christmas Snack Mix

5 from 1 vote
A delicious addictive Christmas Snack Mix is perfect for the holidays! This snack mix is filled with cereal, pretzels, M&M's, and coated in melted white chocolate. No baking required.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas snack mix
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 373kcal
Cost $8.78

Ingredients

  • 2 cups corn or rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup miniature pretzel twists or pretzel rods
  • 2 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal (with no berries)
  • 2 cups cheerios
  • 1 cup Christmas (green and red) M&M's
  • 1 and 1/2 bags (~3 cups or 16 ounces total) high quality white chocolate chips
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil or shortening
  • Optional: Christmas sprinkles

Instructions

  • PREP: Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • COMBINE: In a large bowl combine the Chex cereal, pretzels (Note 1), Cap'n crunch cereal, Cheerios, and M&M's. Mix together, making sure that everything is evenly distributed.
  • WHITE CHOCOLATE: In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, add the white chocolate chips and vegetable oil. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another 25 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth. If needed, return to the microwave for a little longer. (Bursts of 10 seconds, stirring for 10 seconds in between each burst). Pour the melted and smooth white chocolate over the snack mix.
  • COMBINE: Gently stir until completely combined and all ingredients are coated in white chocolate (work quickly, because white chocolate hardens fast!) and then transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread into one even layer. If desired, add some Christmas/festive sprinkles before the white chocolate sets.
  • FIRM UP: Allow white chocolate to set at room temperature or place in the fridge until firm, about 10-20 minutes. Break into pieces and serve.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: if using miniature pretzel rods, break in half first!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 373kcal

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12 Comments

  1. Mine doesn’t look this pretty. I need more white chocolate and m’n’m’s in after or something! What are the tricks?? It’s good but doesn’t look like yours and I followed exactly. Thank you, Cheri

    1. It’s honestly not very pretty! I moved pieces around to get the prettiest on top to take these photos. You can absolutely drizzle additional melted white chocolate over everything after it’s been tossed and press in a few more M&Ms. Hopefully that helps!

  2. Looks like I have something to crave about this Christmas! Thank you for the recipe! My husband is going to love it! Looks like it does get a bit messy while making it?

    1. I’d add them with the whole mix before adding white chocolate. Don’t melt them, if you coat them well, the white chocolate should keep them from hardening! 🙂

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