DIY Christmas Snacks

Make your holidays all the merrier by whipping up your own Christmas snacks with Chex™. This fun, festive activity is perfect for the whole family and best of all, you get to enjoy tasty treats at the end! Learn how to make your own DIY Christmas snacks and know that you’ll be serving plenty of crowd-pleasers this year.

Christmas Snack Board Ideas

Christmas is a chance to let your hair down and enjoy some relaxation time with family and friends. And what better way to take it easy than with a delicious snack board filled with DIY Christmas snacks? Arrange your snacks into creative shapes – think striped stockings, wreaths or even Christmas trees – for that extra wow factor. You can even make your charcuterie board extra special with one of our savory Chex™ Mix recipes or create a dessert snacking board that matches your favorite festive flavors, whether those are cinnamon, nutmeg or mint.

Holiday Hot Chocolate Chex™ Mix

When you’re looking for a luxurious snack that’s perfect for the holidays, there are few better picks than this delicious Chex™ Hot Chocolate Mix. A flawless combination of melted chocolate chips, marshmallows, Chex™ cereal and more, it’s a real treat for festivities. For an extra peppermint twist, crush up candy canes and get sprinkling!

Servings: 27

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Ingredients
  • 4 cups Rice Chex™ or Corn Chex™ cereal
  • 4 cups Chocolate Chex™ cereal
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup hot cocoa mix
  • 1 bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white vanilla baking chips
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate nonpareils
Preparation
  1. Line 2 large rimmed baking pans with waxed paper. In large bowl, mix cereals. In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and cocoa mix.
  2. In small microwavable bowl, microwave semisweet chocolate chips uncovered on High 45 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until chips are melted and smooth. Pour onto cereal in bowl; mix thoroughly to coat. Transfer mixture to 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag; add powdered sugar mix to bag. Seal bag; shake to coat. Spread in one of the pans to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  3. In small microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips uncovered on High 30 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving in 15-second increments, stirring after each, just until chips are starting to melt and can be stirred smooth. Stir in marshmallows; coat completely. Spread in remaining pan, spreading mini marshmallows into small clusters; let stand about 30 minutes or until coating is set.
  4. In large serving bowl, mix cereal, marshmallow clusters and chocolate nonpareils. Store at room temperature in covered container.
Tips
  • Add a peppermint twist to your mix by stirring in 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy.
  • Want more chocolate flavor? Add 1/2 cup chocolate chunks to your mix.
  • Chocolate nonpareils come in a small and larger size. We used the larger size in this mix. They are about 1 inch in diameter and can be purchased in the bulk candy section of the grocery store. The smaller size can be found in the boxed movie theater candy section and are commonly referred to as Sno-Caps™.
  • If melted white vanilla baking chips are too hot, you may need to cool slightly before adding marshmallows to coat.
Nutrition

Serving Size (1/2 Cup): Calories 200 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 4.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 105mg; Total Carbohydrate 33g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 23g); Protein 2g

% Daily Value: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 6%; Iron 20%;

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

Carbohydrate Choice: 2

How to Store Your Christmas Snacks

Enjoy your Christmas snacks for longer by storing them properly. One of the best ways to store your Chex™ snacks is in a vacuum-sealed plastic container. Other great picks are resealable glass jars or decorated tins that add a great touch sitting out on your countertop. Make a big batch of your favorite DIY Christmas snacks and have them ready to share with family and friends. Quick tip, you could even save a portion for Santa and the reindeer!

Easy DIY Christmas Snacks

Making your own snacks is easy when you add a little Chex™ cereal into the mix. Get started on your own DIY Christmas snacks with our straightforward recipes.
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Gluten Free Christmas Sugar Cookie Chex™ Party MixGluten Free Christmas Sugar Cookie Chex™ Party MixGet into the mood for festive fun with this sweet snack, perfect with hot chocolate or a cool glass of milk. Gluten free Chex™ is tossed in a vanilla and butter mixture then topped with red and green sprinkles.Get Recipe
Sweet Maple Chex™ MixSweet Maple Chex™ MixH3 Heading: Sweet Maple Chex™ Mix Up your Christmas snacking game with this moreish mix. Maple-sweetened Chex™, Cinnamon Chex™, mini cookies and pretzels are combined with other delicious treats like pretzels, mini cookies, marshmallows and chocolate.Get Recipe
Christmas Chex™ Party MixChristmas Chex™ Party MixA lovely combination of Chex™ cereal, marshmallows, pretzel twists and candy that’s so easy to make. Toss well in powdered sugar for a snowy scene and it’ll be the DIY Christmas snack your family will be talking about for years to come.Get Recipe

Christmas Crafts to Enjoy While You Snack

Once you have your snacks ready to go, why not enjoy a few other Christmas crafts? From stringing traditional popcorn garlands to filming your own Christmas movie, this is the perfect time of year to explore your creative side. Keep it simple, with papercrafts like cutting out snowflakes and festive bunting, or try something more adventurous like making your own wreath. Wreath making is a fantastic group activity that’ll also encourage you and your family to get outdoors to pick out the perfect foliage!