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Christmas Crunch Recipe

Christmas Crunch

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"This is a great snack that can make a great quick Christmas gift."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings


  1. Grease one 10x15 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Continue to cook, without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  4. Remove from heat; stir in butter, vanilla and baking soda. Add cereal and cashews; pour into prepared pan and allow to cool. Break into pieces and store in air tight container.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 10, 2004

If I could give this recipe 10 stars I would. I made 4 generous gift bags out of a doubled recipe -- would have been 6 except we couldn't stop eating it! The doubled batch cost about $5.00 since broken cashews are a deal at the local discount store. I spent more on all the stuff, of course, but had plenty of everything left over to make more so that's a rounded guess. In terms of the process: The butter goes in after it is cooked so it is hard to mess up. A similar candy burned (on low) before reaching hard crack when I tried to double it because the extra cooking time was too much for the butter in the recipe. The Christmas Crunch doubled up with no problem. I poured the doubled batch into two jelly roll pans but wish I would have had slightly bigger surfaces so I could have spread it out just a little thinner. Also, it took a long time for it to reach 280 degrees but went to 300 quickly after that -- so watch carefully toward the end. The best part is this is very no fuss. I didn't have to stand over it and it wasn't messy or time consuming (a few minutes on each end of the cooking process is all). The result is this sweet, buttery, crispy, nutty treat! Can't wait to try it with pecans or almonds. Thank you Debbie for my new Christmas gift recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 08, 2007

This was ok. It turned out very thick and hard. I think it needed some salt too. Sticks to your teeth--not a good gift for older people. Be prepared to wait a good 20 or so minutes for the mixture to heat to the 'hard ball stage'.


18 Ratings

Oct 22, 2003

Very Good - Makes a great gift. This can be addictive!

Oct 22, 2003

This is all i have to say,"yummy".

Dec 18, 2005

Wow, what an easy, great-tasting recipe! I love that, once you get the mixture up to the boil, you can take a break and spare your arm the constant stirring. The only concern I had with this recipe is that, with the quantities stated, it doesn't even come close to filling the 10 x 15 pan, so it spreads out into a thin layer that's kinda too thin on the ends to use as viable pieces once it's broken. I tried a triple batch, too, but that was too much. I'm thinking that a double batch would do the trick. I see lots of possibilites for this recipe, though, with other add-ins. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! :)

Nov 23, 2009

My daughter loved it. I was expecting it to be as hard as it is but still very good and very easy to make

Dec 17, 2008

I really liked the flavor but it seemed to have a lot more chex pieces than nuts (the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) so I will definitely add more nuts the next time I make it. I think it would be great with other types of nuts and also with pretzels, as others have suggested.

Dec 15, 2005

I tried this recipe, b/c it got such high ratings. However, it was the worst thing I've ever tasted. First of all, it took SO long to boil to 300 degrees - about 45 minutes. In fact, I made candied walnuts (which are also on this site and, by the way, are awesome!) while I was waiting for the temperature to sufficiently rise. Secondly, when they were done, they tasted stale and were so sticky on my teeth that I thought my fillings would be ripped out! Don't waste your time on this, no matter how many 5-star entries it has received.


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  • Calories
  • 290 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.1 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 193 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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