Christmas Crack

What? Its this recipe I’ve done for years, popcorn, Crispix Cereal, Pecans (or any kind of nuts), with a caramel sauce on top and then when its cool you add in some dried cranberry’s and some chocolate. Once you start eating it, you won’t want to stop. I made up some Christmas Crack and added it to some small Glad Containers. Then wrapped it up with some cellophane, added a cute bow (ribbon from Costco, the best ribbon ever and inexpensive). (I know this isn’t the best photo, but I was in a hurry).

I added a Snowflake Ornament to each package. Each of my team members who came to our meeting earlier this month received one of these.  You can see how I made the ornaments in this POST.

These are the bowls I used. You want to make sure what ever you are putting the Christmas Crack in, it has a airtight lid.

I purchased them at Target, but I’ve seen them at Walmart, and the grocery store too.  They are pretty in inexpensive.

Now I’m sure you’ll want the recipe. I’ve shared this before. Its always a big hit.

Christmas Crack

4 cups Crispix Cereal

2 cups popcorn

1/2 cup Pecans, walnuts, almonds or which ever kind of nuts you like

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

small chocolate pieces, M & M’s, chocolate chips, etc

1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisuns

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. (I use a big lasagna pan). Combine cereal, popcorn and nuts in pan. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Pour over cereal mixture; stir to coat. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Continue to stir every few minutes until cool.  Stir in cranberries and chocolate. Store in airtight container.

Note: Since I use my big lasagna pan to make this, I don’t even measure how much cereal, popcorn or nuts I put in. I just fill the pan up. I also make a double batch of the brown sugar mixture to pour on everything.

I love giving these bowls full of Christmas Crack every year. I also enjoy making all the packaging pretty. I hope this inspires you to make your holiday packaging beautiful too. I know all the packages that leave this house are spectacular, with big handmade bows. The ribbon from Costco is really the way to go. I can use a lot of it and not feel guilty. You get 50 yards for $8 or $9.

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