Christmas Crunch Snack Mix

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Christmas Crunch Snack mix is a sweet little snack The Buttered Home has been making for years. Quaker Oats Cereal and smoky pecans candied in a sweet concoction make this snack mix hard to quit. Easily cooked in a low heat oven, this sweet treat is a Holiday favorite.

 Christmas Crunch Snack Mix

Christmas Crunch Snack mix

Christmas Crunch Snack mix is a Buttered Home Favorite! I have talked a whole lot about Nostalgic cooking and food. Food that invokes memories and warm feelings. This recipe is definitely one of those recipes.

I started making a variation of this when my girls were little. Over the years, we have tested and made adjustments to it to not only simplify the recipe but make it fit our tastes. While this recipe is a great one to have anytime, we make it at Christmas.

Whether you need a great little treat for your Christmas guests or a food gift item, This Christmas Crunch Snack Mix is a sweet little idea.

How to make Christmas crunch snack mix

~ Ingredients ~

  • 8 cups Quaker Oatmeal Square Cereal

  • 2 cups Chopped Pecans

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup

  • 4 tablespoons, Butter

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

~ Method ~

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large roasting or baking pan, mix cereal and chopped pecans.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine Butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Heat in the microwave 1 and 1/2 minutes. Carefully remove and stir to combine.

  3. Return to microwave and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until boiling. This usually takes about 3 intervals for me, about 1.5 minutes.

  4. While still boiling, carefully remove from microwave and add salt, vanilla and baking soda. Stir well. Mixture will sort of bubble up and change color. Pour over cereal and pecan mix and stir well to coat.

  5. Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour. Stirring every 15 minutes. Pour onto a large sheet pan to cool. Snack mix will harden as it cools. Break apart and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


Start a Christmas Tradition!

We have so many Christmas traditions around here. Perhaps our favorite is cooking goodies like this in the kitchen together. Like these Christmas Eve Shortbread Cookies!

Cooking together is a bond that your children will cherish forever. Making memories doesn’t have to be costly or fancy. The gift of your time is one you can’t put a price on.

As always, we would love it if you shared this recipe with your family and friends. Over to the side on this post and all of the others are handy dandy share buttons. We would sure be grateful if you shared the love!

Christmas Crunch Snack mix.
Christmas Crunch Snack Mix

Christmas Crunch Snack Mix

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Christmas Crunch is a great little snack. Made with Quaker cereal and smoky pecans, slow cooked at low heat, they become candy perfection!


  • 8 cups Quaker Oatmeal cereal
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Add cereal and pecans in a large roasting pan. Mix well
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, mix butter, sugar and syrup. Heat 1 and 1/2 minutes and stir. Heat again in 30 second intervals, stirring between each until boiling. Usually about 3 cycles depending on microwave.
  3. Once boiling, stir in baking soda and vanila and mix well. It will puff up. Pour over cereal and nuts and stir well to coat.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Pour on a sheet pan and cool 5 minutes. Break apart and enjoy
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 340Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 10mgSodium 188mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 4gSugar 19gProtein 6g

**Nutritional Values are estimates only

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    December 28, 2019 at 8:14 am


  • Reply
    Lynda Holloway
    August 12, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Could you show what the Oatmeal cereal is? Thank you

    • Reply
      Brooke Burks
      August 12, 2021 at 10:19 am

      It is Quaker and is actually showing up in the process pictures.

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