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Christmas Chex Mix

Sweet and salty Christmas chex mix made with just 5 simple ingredients. This is the perfect no-bake dessert recipe to have in your back pocket during the busy holiday season! 

Christmas chex mix in bowl.
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Easy Holiday Chex Mix

If you’re looking for a simple and totally delicious holiday dessert, this chex mix is a great option! No need to heat up the oven or stove…it’s an easy no-bake recipe that only uses the microwave. For more easy holiday favorites, check out my rich microwave fudge or microwave caramels.

We love this sweet and salty white chocolate chex mix (also known as Christmas crack chex or Christmas white trash). It’s the perfect dessert to make when you need a last minute treat. I always have everything on hand in the pantry and it can easily be done in less than 30 minutes with no baking required.

It also makes a great neighbor gift. Just place the dessert in a cute bag and tie with some baking twine. Nothing better than gifts from the kitchen! And trust me, your neighbors will definitely be thanking you later for this treat. It is so delicious and seriously addicting!

Chex mix, pretzels, cheerios, and m&ms in bowl.

5 Simple Ingredients

  • Chex cereal: You can use rice or corn chex, or a mixture of both if you’d like.
  • Cheerios: These also add a nice crunch. Plain or honey nut both taste delicious.
  • Pretzels: I like to use pretzels sticks, broken in half. They add a salty component to the snack mix.
  • M&M’s: Use the Christmas M&M’s to add a pop of color and some holiday cheer!
  • White chocolate: Use high quality white chocolate for the best result (I love the Ghirardelli melting wafers).
Chex mix, pretzels, cheerios, and m&ms in bowl.

How to Make Christmas Chex Mix

  1. COMBINE the cereals, pretzels and M&M’s together in a large bowl.
  2. MELT the white chocolate in increments in the microwave until smooth. Be careful not to overcook the chocolate or it will burn.
  3. POUR the chocolate over the cereal mixture and stir until well coated. Then spread the mixture out onto a piece of wax paper and let cool for about 15 minutes (or until the chocolate has hardened completely).
Christmas chex mix in bowl.


  • Use peanut M&M’s instead of regular, or even a mixture of both.
  • Add in peanuts for even more salty flavor.
  • Mini pretzels will work in place of pretzel sticks.
  • Mix in some holiday sprinkles to make it even more festive.
  • Sometimes I add in some mini marshmallows if we have them in the pantry.
  • Make this for any holiday with different color M&M’s. Whether it’s Halloween, 4th of July or you’re making Valentine Chex Mix, this recipe works perfect!

Storing + Freezing

Once the chocolate has hardened, break the mixture into pieces and store in an airtight container (or zip top bag). It will keep on the counter for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.  

Christmas chex mix on table.

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Christmas Chex Mix

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Sweet and salty Christmas chex mix made with just 5 simple ingredients. This is the perfect no-bake dessert recipe to have in your back pocket during the busy holiday season! 
Prep Time: 4 mins
Cook Time: 1 min
Rest: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 16


  • 3 cups Chex (rice or corn)
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • 1-2 cups pretzel sticks (broken in half)
  • 1 cup Christmas M&M's
  • 10 ounces white chocolate (I used Ghirardelli wafers)


  • In a large bowl, combine the Chex, Cheerios, pretzels and M&M's. Stir until combined.
  • Place the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and then melt in 30 second increments (stirring in between). Do not overcook or it will burn.
  • Next pour the melted chocolate over the chex mix and stir until well coated. Then pour the chex onto a peice 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.


Freezer instructions: Place in a sealed container or zip top bag for up to 3 months. Remove 30 minutes before ready to serve.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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