Christmas Reindeer Crack


Christmas reindeer crack is one of the most delicious holiday treats that will leave your tastebuds dancing with joy. With its perfect balance of sweet, salty, and crunch, this snack mix is irresistible. I’ve been making reindeer crack for years around the holidays, and my family simply can’t get enough of it. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to whip up this candy delight that both kids and adults will love. Trust me, this just might become your new favorite Christmas tradition!

What Type of Pretzels Should I Use for Reindeer Crack?

I highly recommend using miniature pretzels for the best texture and appearance. The small size allows the pretzel pieces to get evenly coated in chocolate. Plus, the cute little shapes add to the holiday cheer. For extra holiday flair, you could use Christmas tree or reindeer-shaped pretzels. Just be aware that larger or thicker pretzel pieces may not get as evenly coated in chocolate. The mini pretzels are the way to go!

What Can I Substitute for Corn Chex Cereal?

While corn Chex cereal gives a nice base crunch, you can get creative with the cereal you use. Some great substitutions are rice Chex, wheat Chex, crispy rice cereal, granola, or even crushed up cheese crackers. I would avoid using a sugar-coated cereal, as the recipe has plenty of sweetness already. Just be sure to use a cereal with a similar crisp, lightweight texture to balance out the other ingredients.

Check out these popular now items on Amazon

Should I Use Salted or Unsalted Peanuts?

I prefer to use salted peanuts for the perfect sweet and salty contrast. However, if you need to make this dessert nut-free for guests with allergies, roasted soy nuts make a delicious substitution. You can also skip the nuts altogether. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s highly adaptable to suit different tastes and dietary needs!

How Do I Melt the White Chocolate Properly?

Be very careful when melting the white chocolate for an evenly coated treat. Using a double boiler is the most reliable method so you don’t risk scorching. Stir slowly and scrape down the sides as the chocolate melts to ensure it doesn’t burn. Avoid getting any steam, condensation, or water droplets in the melted chocolate or it can seize up. Melting the chocolate properly is key!

Can I Prepare Reindeer Crack Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make reindeer crack up to 5 days in advance if you store it properly. I recommend waiting to mix in the chocolate-coated ingredients like pretzels and M&Ms until ready to serve. Store those separately from the base cereal and nuts so they don’t get soggy. When ready to serve, pour the chocolate over everything and mix well. Your guests will be amazed that you pulled together this yummy candy mix so quickly!

Christmas Reindeer Crack Recipe


  • White chocolate, 24 ounces, chopped
  • Miniature pretzels, 1 package (20 ounces)
  • Crispy corn cereal squares (like Corn Chex®), 1 package (17.5 ounces)
  • Salted dry-roasted peanuts, 1 jar (16 ounces)
  • Candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M’s), 1 package (14 ounces)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Start by preparing a baking sheet with parchment, wax paper, or a Silpat mat. Secure the paper with tape for easier handling.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pretzels, corn cereal squares, peanuts, and candy-coated milk chocolate pieces. Blend these gently.
  3. In a separate bowl, gently melt the white chocolate, stirring frequently and scraping the sides to prevent burning.
  4. Pour the melted white chocolate into the bowl with the other ingredients. Mix thoroughly to coat evenly.
  5. Quickly transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet, spreading it into a thin, even layer before the chocolate sets.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool. Once set, break it into bite-sized pieces.
  7. Serve this festive treat in a large bowl, garnishing with additional M&M’s if desired. Alternatively, store it in an airtight container for later enjoyment.

This Christmas Reindeer Crunch is not only a delightful treat but also a festive addition to any holiday gathering. The mix of sweet and salty flavors, combined with the crunch of pretzels and cereal, makes it an irresistible snack for all ages.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!