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Course: party food, Snack
Keyword: Sweets

AB's Christmas Crack

ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 43 minutes
Yield: 6 quarts
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 3 1/2 cups Cheerios
  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 2 1/4 cups plain M&M's candies
  • 2 1/2 cups salted mixed nuts
  • 2 cups small pretzels
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • 5 cups white chocolate chips or finely chopped bars (we like Ghirardelli)
  • 1/4 cup instant espresso powder
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 43 minutes
Yield: 6 quarts


  • Combine the Cheerios, Rice Chex, Corn Chex, M&M's, nuts, pretzels, and cacao nibs in your largest mixing bowl.
  • Combine the white chocolate and espresso powder in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high power in 30-second increments, stirring between each with a silicone spatula. This should take about 5 increments for the chocolate to melt and look smooth. In the meantime, roll out a couple large sheets of wax or parchment paper on a work surface away from direct sunlight.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal mixture and mix very well with a large silicone spatula, or better yet, with your hands. It gets a little messy, so if you have food-safe disposable gloves on hand put those...on hands.
  • Divide the mixture in half and spread evenly on the wax or parchment paper. Leave it for 30 minutes to set up before storing in airtight containers.
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