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

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease one 10x15 inch baking pan.

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  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.

  • Continue to cook, without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

289.6 calories; 2.1 g protein; 55.1 g carbohydrates; 7.6 mg cholesterol; 192.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2004
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2007
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'. Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2004
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2003
Very Good - Makes a great gift. This can be addictive! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2003
This is all i have to say "yummy". Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2005
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!:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2009
My daughter loved it. I was expecting it to be as hard as it is but still very good and very easy to make Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/16/2005
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2007
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'. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2005
Okay..I WOULD have given this 5 stars but I made it TWICE and I couldn't get it to HARDEN!? It TASYES fabulous but I must be doing SOMETHING wrong(?) The second time I thought that I didn't boil it long enough the first time so I boiled it longer and it set a little but didn't get like peanutbrittle or anything (which I think it's supposed to(?) Anyway I am thinking my mistake is that I DON"T have a candy thermometer....however I am STILL gonna try it a 3rd time because it tastes WONDERFUL! (They say "Third's a charm")!:) Read More
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