Christmas Crunch

5 from 6 votes

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This Christmas Crunch is sweet and salty and EXACTLY what you need this holiday season! It takes less than 15 minutes to put together and it is SO tasty!

Christmas crunch snack mix in serving bowls

Christmas Crunch

This Christmas Crunch recipe is EXACTLY what you need this holiday season! Need gifts for your neighbors and friends? Need to feed a crowd at your holiday gathering? Need something to snack on while you drink hot chocolate and watch Christmas movies in your pajamas? We’ve got you covered! This yummy snack mix takes less than 15 minutes to put together and it is SO tasty! Once you start snacking on this, you won’t be able to stop (in fact, I’m munching on some right now as I am writing this post)! I love the salty pretzels and peanuts mixed with the sweet M&M’s and white chocolate.

Close up Christmas crunch with pretzels, popcorn, and M&M's

What Type of Popcorn to Use

Our favorite type of popcorn to use in Christmas Crunch is Orville Redenbacher Tender White Popcorn. It comes out so tender and fluffy! It also has a really subtle butter and salt flavor, which makes it a great base for this recipe. You don’t want to use any popcorn that has a strong flavor like movie theatre butter or kettle corn. It won’t take the flavor of the white chocolate as well.

Tips for Making Christmas Crunch

Make sure that when you add the popcorn, you don’t add any un-popped kernels — there is nothing worse than biting into one of those! I like to shake the popcorn bag really well so all the kernels fall to the bottom and then add the popcorn by the handful. Let the chocolate cool all the way before you transfer the mix into containers or bags. Store it in a cool, dry place to avoid the chocolate melting.

Additional Mix-Ins

This is one of those recipes you can really personalize and make your own. Here are just a few ideas for more mix-ins:

  • Christmas Cap’n Crunch Cereal
  • Any other Christmas Cereal – there seem to be new ones every year!
  • Cashews, Almonds, Pecans
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • Peanut M&M’s, Peanut Butter M&M’s, Peppermint M&M’s or Pretzel M&M’s

Gift It!

When I bring this snack to my neighbors during the holidays, I like to put it in cellophane bags and tie them up with Christmas-y ribbon. You can also fill a Christmas tin, a Christmas mug, or place it in a resealable plastic bag.

Christmas crunch in bags tied up with Christmas ribbons

Other Christmas Treats to Try

Looking for more snacks to munch on this Christmas? Some other great recipes include our Christmas Charcuterie, Chocolate Orange Cookies, and our Christmas Apples. Try some of our other favorites!

How to Make Christmas Crunch

Christmas Crunch

5 from 6 votes
This Christmas Crunch is sweet and salty and EXACTLY what you need this holiday season! It takes less than 15 minutes to put together and it is SO tasty!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 32 servings



  • In a large bowl, combine popcorn, pretzels, M&M’s, and peanuts.
  • Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring the chocolate each time, until smooth.
  • Drizzle over the snack mix and toss until coated.
  • Add sprinkles and toss until evenly distributed.
  • Spread over wax paper until cool. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.


One recipe makes approximately 32 cups of Christmas Crunch. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg

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About the author

Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yum! This will be perfect for Christmas, I know I’ll have to make a few batches though or it won’t last 😉

  2. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make and everyone in my family loved this fun holiday snack! I know it’s “Christmas Crunch” but I might be making this all year long 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I’m not so sure I’d share this with my neighbors and friends… I might go Scrooge and keep it for myself it looks so delicious!