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"Crack Snack" 4-Ingredient Snack Mix

​​​​​​​The ultimate crowd-pleasing party food, this "Crack Snack" is a 4-ingredient sweet and salty snack mix recipe that earned its name for a reason!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Holiday Snack Mix Recipe, Snack Mix, Sweet and Salty Snack Mix
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 14 cups
Calories 357.5kcal
Author Blair


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) box Crispix cereal (about 12 cups)
  • 1.5 cups chopped pecans (6 ounces)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an extra large baking sheet (or two smaller baking sheets) with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Spread cereal and pecans on prepared baking sheets. Set aside.
  • Mix butter and brown sugar in a saucepan.
  • Boil for two minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Pour caramel mixture over cereal and nuts; toss to coat.
  • Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, stir, and bake for an additional 8 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, breaking apart any large clumps with a wooden spoon or spatula.


  • Mix it up and use peanuts or almonds instead of the pecans.
  • Make it a Chex Mix by swapping out the Crispix and using a combination of different Chex cereals instead (such as Rice Chex, Corn Chex and Wheat Chex).
  • Use salted butter for this party mix recipe, which gives the dish a great sweet and salty flavor combination!
  • As the mix starts to cool, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up some of the larger clumps.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or package in cute bags or boxes and deliver to family, friends, and teachers for homemade holiday gifts!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 357.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22.5g | Saturated Fat: 9.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8.7g | Cholesterol: 35.4mg | Sodium: 279.7mg | Potassium: 142.9mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 18.9g