Christmas Movie Night Snacks

Ditch the popcorn and chocolate and switch up your Christmas movie snacks with some delicious Chex™ Mix. We’ve got sweet and savory snack recipes that are sure to please everyone. Snacks are essential for movie nights, so make sure yours are amazing!

Picking the Perfect Christmas Movie Night Snack

Trying to pick out movies to watch is tricky enough, so how do you make sure you’ve got the right snacks to go along with them? Keep it fair (and fun for the whole family) by running your own poll – that way you can see which snacks are most popular. Or, if you’re planning multiple movie marathon sessions, create a rotational system where different people take charge of the snacks for each get together. If you really can’t decide, why not theme your snacks to match the style of your movie? If you’ve picked a romance movie, then a sweet snack is the way to go. If it’s an action-adventure film, maybe you want something savory. For comedy flicks, choose a mixture of both!

Elf Chex Mix

The salty and sweet blend of vanilla-coated Chex™ clusters, mini wafers, pretzels and chocolate candies make this the ultimate pick for movie nights. There are plenty of great textures and flavors that you can enjoy in every single bite. Sharing is optional!

Servings: 31

Time: 30 minutes

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Ingredients
  • 8 cups Rice Chex™ or Corn Chex™ cereal
  • 2½ cups white vanilla baking chips
  • 2 tablespoons holiday candy sprinkles
  • 1½ cups mini vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1 cup tree-shaped pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons holiday nonpareils
  • 1 cup holiday almond or peanut chocolate candies
Preparation
  1. Line 2 large rimmed pans with waxed paper. In large bowl, add cereal.
  2. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave 2 cups of the baking chips uncovered on High 45 to 60 seconds, stirring after 45 seconds, until chips are starting to melt. Continue heating in 15-second increments, until chips are melted and smooth. Pour over cereal; mix to thoroughly coat. Spread mixture in one of the pans; top with sprinkles. Cool 20 to 30 minutes or until set.
  3. Meanwhile, spread cookies and pretzels in single layer, right side up, in remaining pan. In same microwavable bowl, microwave remaining 1/2 cup baking chips uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds, until chips are melted and smooth. Transfer melted chips to small resealable food-storage plastic bag, and cut small corner off one end of bag. Drizzle onto cookies and pretzels; sprinkle with nonpareils. Cool 20 to 30 minutes or until set.
  4. Break cereal mixture into bite-size pieces; transfer to large serving bowl. Carefully break apart pretzels and cookies, if necessary. Add to bowl; stir in candies.
Tips
  • Store in airtight container so the mixture stays crisp.
Nutrition

Serving Size (1/2 Cup): Calories 160 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 130mg; Total Carbohydrate 24g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 14g); Protein 2g

% Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 8%; Iron 15%;

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Fat

Carbohydrate Choice: 1.5

The Best Holiday Drinks to Pair with Your Snacks

Once you’ve got your movies and snacks picked out, it’s time to choose the drinks. What better choice than a real Christmas classic like eggnog? Or, if you’re going for a dessert theme, you could make an indulgent hot chocolate to complement your snacks. Festive cocktails will pair well with snack mixes for adults. You can even keep it simple (and leave more room for the snacks themselves) with some sparkling water enhanced with a twist of lime or lemon.

Christmas Movie Night Snack Ideas

Making snacks ahead of your movie night is half the fun. Get into the spirit of Christmas by spending some time whipping up easy and tasty snacks with Chex™.
Sweet & Salty Nutcracker Chex™ MixSweet & Salty Nutcracker Chex™ MixThe marvelous mix of Chex™ cereal coated in sweet sugar perfection alongside salty pretzels makes this a memorable holiday snack. Mixed nuts and chocolate candies finish off a fun and festive treat that everyone will soon be going nuts for.Get Recipe
Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Chex™ MixGluten Free Snickerdoodle Chex™ MixClassic flavors served in a whole new way. Our Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Chex™ Mix combines cinnamon, sugar cookies and popcorn into a munchable snack mix that’s perfect for movie night. Best of all, it takes less than 15 minutes to whip up.Get Recipe
Chex™ Legendary Muddy BuddiesChex™ Legendary Muddy BuddiesA deliciously sweet Chex™ snack mix that doubles up on chocolate and peanut butter flavors in a way that will have you reaching for more. This legendary mix has a little something for everyone and a great snack to share around with all your friends.Get Recipe
Gluten Free Original Chex™ Party MixGluten Free Original Chex™ Party MixThis classic gluten free mix is a must for movie nights. It’s a crunchy and tasty combination of Chex™ and Cheerios™ cereals and gluten free pretzels that makes a satisfying snack for the whole family.Get Recipe

Christmas Movie Night Tips

Make your movie night even more special with some fun activities. Why not pile up all your cushions and blankets to make a cozy fort? Or simply get into your PJs or loungewear and snuggle up for a super relaxing evening ­– just be sure not to doze off! If you’re planning a themed movie night, consider asking your guests to dress up as their favorite characters. You could even decorate your room to match the theme. Another way to get everyone involved (without having to pick out a costume) is to plan a trivia quiz based on the movies you’ve chosen. And let’s not forget, the person with the best costume gets to pick their snacks, first!