This Christmas Crack Chex Mix recipe is the perfect DIY holiday treat! The mix of sweet and salty with a hint of peppermint is so good.

Afterward, put it in a cute holiday tin and you have the perfect DIY Christmas Gift!

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Holiday Chex Mix

If you haven’t noticed from some of my other holiday posts, I am a little obsessed with Peppermint. That flavor just SCREAMS “It’s the Holiday Season” to me!

So, I decided it was time to mash up two of my favorite things – Chex Mix and Peppermint. As a result, I got this way-too-addictive Chex Mix recipe I call Christmas Crack!

There is nothing more delicious to me than a sweet and salty mix. It is my downfall on my diet. Bad news for those of you with the same downfall because this Chex Mix Christmas Crack is just as the name suggests – highly addictive and absolutely no good for your diet.

Christmas Chex Mix in a bowl

Do you love chex mix? Be sure to check out this round up of the Ultimate Collection of Chex Mix Recipes!

This Chex Mix recipe makes a HUGE batch. If you grab some cute holiday tins, you can make some super cute gifts for friends and family.

Looking for some classic Chex Mix? How about Chex Mix made in the crock pot! This recipe is so easy and it will save you some oven space during your busy holiday cooking! 

Want some more fun and delicious holiday snacks – try out my good friends Christmas Crunch Recipe! You will LOVE it!

Chex Mix recipe Dry Ingredients - mini m&m's, starlight peppermints, pretzels, bugels
Christmas Chex Mix recipe- sweet, salty and peppermint

Ingredients Needed to Make Christmas Crack Chex Mix

  • Two boxes of Chex Cereal (use smaller sized boxes…i.e. 12 oz box)- pick TWO DIFFERENT flavors like Rice Chex Cereal and Corn Chex Cereal.
  • 16 oz bag of Snyder’s Sourdough Pretzel Nibblers
  • 7.5 oz bag of Bugles
  • One package of Christmas mini M&Ms
  • White Candy Melts – I used CandiQuik, because it melts amazing (you will need 1 -2 packages of the CandiQuik candy melts) or you could use candy melts too!
  • One package of Starlight Peppermints
  • Christmas Sprinkles

Substitutions & Additions

  • Add some additional sweetness in by using Golden Grahams Cereal or Honey Nut Cheerios.
  • Mix in some shredded cocounut and almonds.
  • Peanut or cashews are also a delicious addition.

How to Make Christmas Chex Mix

As I mentioned, this recipe couldn’t be easier!

  1. First, grab 2 baking sheets and line them either with a silicone baking mat (my favorite thing ever) or parchment paper.Christmas Chex Mix ingredients
  2. Next, crush your peppermints in a zip lock bag – the more crushed the better! Go ahead and take your aggression out on these little suckers!
  3. Now, you need a really, really big bowl! You will want to mix the cereal, Bugles, and pretzels together.Mix ingredients together
  4. Then, melt the candy melts according to the directions on the package.
  5. Little by little, you will drizzle in the melted chocolate over the dry ingredients and immediately sprinkle the M&M’s, peppermints and sprinkles over the melted chocolate (so it sticks in the chocolate) and gently mix it up.
  6. Repeat this step until all of the dry ingredients is covered somewhat evenly with the chocolate and toppings.
  7. Divide the mixture in half and spread it out on the two cookie sheets.Chex mix on a pan
  8. Let the candy set – if you are in a rush, you can put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  9. Break it apart into smaller pieces and serve or store in an airtight container.

If you are looking for great DIY Christmas gifts to give out to friends, family and co-workers, then this Chex Mix recipe is perfect!

If you need some good Christmas Cookies for a cookie exchange, then we have those as well. Some of our favorites are our Peanut Butter Balls (no-bake and DE-LISH),  Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies and our Melted Snowman Bark.


Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

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4.30 from 117 votes
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Christmas Crack Chex Mix

Serves — 12
Christmas Chex Mix recipes are the perfect DIY holiday treat! The mix of sweet and salty with a hint of peppermint and put it in a cute holiday tin and you have the perfect DIY Christmas Gift!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Let set in refrigerator 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 12 ounce boxes Chex Cereal – pick TWO DIFFERENT flavors
  • 1 16 ounce bag Snyder’s Sourdough Pretzel Nibblers
  • 1 7.5 ounce bag Bugles
  • 1 bag Christmas mini M&Ms
  • White Candy Melts – I used CandiQuik
  • 1 bag Starlight Peppermints
  • Christmas Sprinkles


  • Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat
  • In a ziplock bag, crush approx. 30 peppermints (I used the flat side of a meat tenderizer) to crush them very finely
  • In a VERY large bowl combine Chex Cereal, Bugles and pretzels
  • Melt the candy melts according to the instructions on the package
  • In small increments, drizzle the candy melts over the dry mixture and immediately sprinkle the M&Ms, crushed peppermint and sprinkles on the candy (so it sticks to the candy).
  • Mix gently with a spoon until all ingredients are evenly coated.
  • Repeat this step until all of the melted candy is mixed in with the dry mixture.
  • Divide the mixture in half and spread in even layers on the baking sheets.
  • Let the candy set (if you are in a rush, you can put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes until it sets)
  • Break apart and serve – you can store in a airtight container

Nutrition Info

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 25g | Iron: 0.1mg
Chex mix with white chocolate and Christmas colored sprinkles and red and green M&Ms in a baking pan
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  1. Little trick I’ve found is to put 1/4 the mixture in 4 separate bowls. It makes everything more manageable. My neighbors beg for this treat every year!

  2. 5 stars
    I am very grateful for getting the cake recipe that I want to make
    This cake recipe really has the right measurements
    therefore you should also try it

  3. i put all the ingredients in an unscented trash bag. i mix it all of it together and add the white coating gradually. i cut open the bag and make it lay flat to dry.

  4. What is the actual serving size? I’m trying to figure out how much I need to fill several quart sized jars for gifts.

  5. 3 stars
    Tastes yummy, but I followed the ingredients list and I have soooo much of this, way more than 12 servings. 2 Boxes of cereal, a bag of Buggles and a bag of pretzels? 2 things of melt did not cover it. I would make again but 1/2 the ingredients. Not sure why those precise measurements would turn out differently…