Wow Santa and all of his little elfs with Santa’s Crunch. It’s a no-bake treat that combines sweet and salty to produce a perfect edible Christmas gift. It just takes minutes to make, and is sure to put a jingle in all of your Christmas helpers’ steps.
Ingredients for Santa’s Crunch
I used the following ingredients for this delicious treat: Popcorn, Cheerios, Rice Chex, square pretzels, unsalted peanuts, white chocolate melts, vegetable oil, Christmas M&M’s, and Bugle Santa Hats.
Making the Bugle Santa Hats
The only things that I had to make in advance were the Bugle Santa Hats. I could have easily not bothered with these, but how cute are they? I used Bugles, red candy melts, mini marshmallows, and Pearl sugar.
I started by melting the candy melts in a microwave safe measuring cup according to the microwave package directions. Once they were melted, I thought that the mixture was a bit too thick. Therefore, I added some vegetable oil to thin it out.
Then, I held the Bugles by the open end and dipped them in the melted candy melts. After letting the excess mixture drip off, I placed the dipped Bugles on a piece of parchment paper for them to set.
Once the coating had set, I dipped the pointed end into the melted coating, and pressed on a mini marshmallow. I had previously opened up one end of the marshmallow with the tip of a small paring knife. The reason that I did this was to make it easier to push the marshmallow onto the top.
After letting the coating with the marshmallow set, I dipped the open end of the Bugle into the melted coating. Then, I dipped the end into some Pearl sugar. I had previously tried sanding sugar and white nonpareils. However, I thought that the Pearl sugar looked the best!
Making Santa’s Crunch
First, I added the popcorn to a large bowl. Then, I added the Cheerios, Rice Chex, pretzels, and peanuts on top of the popcorn. Next, I melted the white melting wafers in a microwave safe measuring cup according to the microwave package directions. I added some vegetable oil to thin the mixture a bit. After that, I poured the melted candy coating onto the other ingredients.
I used a wooden spoon to thoroughly coat the ingredients with the melted candy melts.
Then, I dumped the mixture onto a large piece of parchment paper. Before it had a chance to set, I sprinkled on the Christmas M&M’s and the Santa Hats.
Once the everything had set, I broke the mixture apart. I packaged some of it in treat bags. I used a rubber band to close the bag. Then, I tied the bag with red and green curled ribbons. I also made a label to put on the bags!
The rest I stored in a Ziploc bag. Santa’s Crunch is the perfect Christmas treat, combining sweet and salty. It makes awesome edible gifts for all of those on your Christmas list. Yum!
Wow Santa and all of his little elfs with Santa’s Crunch. It’s a no-bake treat that combines sweet and salty to produce a perfect edible Christmas gift. It just takes minutes to make, and is sure to put a jingle in all of your Christmas helpers' steps.
- 1 cup Red Candy Melts
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 24 Bugles
- 24 mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup Pearl sugar (See Note 1)
- 10 ounce package white candy melts
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 6 cups popped popcorn
- 1 cup Cheerios
- 1 cup Rice Chex
- 2 cups square pretzels (See Note 2)
- 1 cup unsalted peanuts (See Note 3)
- 1 cup Christmas M&M's (See Note 4)
- 24 Santa Hats
Melt candy melts in microwave safe bowl according to package directions. Add vegetable oil; stir to combine.
Holding Bugles by open end, dip into melted candy melts. Allow excess to drip off; place on parchment or wax paper to set.
Open one end of mini marshmallow with small paring knife. Dip pointed end of Bugle in melted candy coating; press marshmallow on end. Allow to set. (See Note 5)
Dip open end of Bugle in melted candy coating; dip in Pearl sugar. Allow to set.
Store in airtight container. Yield: 24 Santa Hats.
Melt white candy melts in microwave according to package directions. Add vegetable oil; stir to combine.
Place popcorn in large bowl. Add Cheerios, Rice Chex, pretzels, and peanuts on top of popcorn.
Pour melted candy melts over popcorn ingredients; stir to thoroughly coat.
Dump onto piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle on M&M's and Santa Hats. Allow to set.
Store in airtight container or package for gift giving. (See Note 6)
Yield: 14 cups.
- Can also use white nonpareils or white jimmies.
- Can also use pretzel sticks or mini-pretzels.
- Can also use salted peanuts, toasted almonds or toasted pecans.
- I used dark chocolate Christmas M&M's. However, you can use whatever flavor of M&M's you like.
- May need to reheat the candy melts.
- The Santa's Crunch will stay fresh for a week if stored in an airtight container.