Bowl of Christmas Crunch

We’ve all given up the pretense that we’re wearing, like, actual pants at this point in 2020, right? How will we ever go back to – gasp – buttons? ZIPPERS? It’s practically unthinkable! In the meantime, me and my tie front joggers are enjoying our freedom and eating copious amounts of Christmas Crunch Treat Mix!

Say hello to the most addicting little treat to come out of my kitchen in ages. Christmas Crunch is crispy, crunchy, salty, and perfectly sweet. Ben said I’m no longer allowed to make it. Translation: it does not get much better than this!

Overhead photo of Christmas munch snack mix

I’ll never forget a moment from the first holiday season we spent at our last house. The children of one of our neighbors ran over with a big tin of holiday snack mix and while I don’t remember exactly what was in the mix, I DO remember their contagious excitment in delivering homemade goodies to their neighbors. So welcoming, SO sweet. I’ll never forget that warm and fuzzy feeling.

That said, those sweet kids are who I thought of while making this Christmas Crunch Treat Mix. I can’t wait to package it up and spread some holiday cheer to our new neighbors. This is a fabulous treat to share!

So what is it? Well, PUFFCORN, mmkay. If you’ve never had puffcorn, prepare to have your mind blown. It’s like buttery tasting, cheese-less cheetos puffs, and is honest to goodness one of the tastiest little snacks. The puffcorn is paired with gluten free pretzels, peanuts, melted white chocolate, holiday M&M’s, and more sprinkles than you can shake a stick to create this crunchy Christmas snack mix with the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

SO festive.

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SO DANG DELICIOUS. I had to ship the first batch off to my in-laws’ house to get it out of my house. Literally hid the second batch from myself in the pantry (where Ben found it,) and the third batch is going straight to our neighbors and more family members. Oh my goodness, so yummy and takes like, 10 minutes to make.

Let’s do this!

Picking up a hunk of white chocolate puffcorn holiday mix

How to Make Christmas Crunch Snack Mix

Start with a bag of puffcorn. At the time of this writing, 12/20, this brand is gluten free (and amazing!)

Measure out 8 cups puffcorn then add to an extremely large bowl with gluten free pretzels and peanuts. If you don’t have an XL bowl then divy the ingredients into two large bowls.

Next melt white chocolate chips with a thwack of coconut oil until smooth and melted. If you have a coconut allergy, or don’t have it in the house, vegetable oil is a great swap.

Pour the melted chocolate over the puffcorn mixture then use a spatula to fold until everything is evenly coated. Now comes the fun part! Spread the mixture onto parchment or wax paper, or a couple of silpats, then sprinkle on holiday M&Ms and sprinkles. This is the super fun, mad scientist part – add as little or as much as your heart desires!

Pretzels and puffcorn covered with white chocolate

Let the chocolate set then dig in! Like I said, Christmas Crunch is a great treat to deliver to friends and family. Scoop into treat bags or tins then share the holiday magic. I hope you love eating this spectacular Christmas treat as much as you like making it! Enjoy!

Big bowl of christmas puffcorn snack mix

Christmas Crunch Treat Mix

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Description

Christmas Crunch Treat Mix is irresistibly crunchy, sweet, and salty! This gluten free treat takes minutes to prepare, and even less time to devour.

Ingredients

makes 12 cups

  • 8 cups gluten free puffcorn (I use Old Dutch brand)
  • 2 cups gluten free pretzels
  • 1-1/2 cups peanuts
  • 12oz bag gluten free white chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 11oz bag Holiday M&Ms
  • gluten free holiday sprinkles

Directions

  1. Spread a couple sheets of parchment paper, wax paper, or two silpats on the countertop then set aside.
  2. Add puffcorn, pretzels, and peanuts to a very large bowl - if you don't have an XL bowl, use two large bowls - then set aside.
  3. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 40 seconds and stir. Microwave for 30 seconds then stir. If chocolate chips aren't completely smooth, continue microwaving in 10 seconds increments, stirring between increments, until completely melted.
  4. Drizzle chocolate over puffcorn mixture then gently fold with a spatula until everything is evenly coated. Spread mixture out onto prepared surface then sprinkle with M&Ms (may not use whole bag) and press gently so they adhere to the warm chocolate. Add sprinkles then let cool completely. Transfer to treat bags or an airtight container.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Photo collage of Christmas Crunch